I’m not surprised at all. Huckabee is a Southern Baptist preacher. The majority of the voting Republicans in many states today, especially in the primaries, are people who identify themselves as evangelical Christians. Personally, I prefer Huckabee to Romney, because at least Huckabee takes a compassionate view on the subject of immigration.
Dismayed? Frankly, yes. I have trouble with a candidate who is an avowed creationist. This is the 21st century. I thought we had already fought the Scopes trial, and that the teaching of evolutionary science had won. I was wrong. Many people who believe that God created human beings, as humans, reject any teaching of evolutionary science. My concern is that if a person is wedded to a literal view of the Bible, then that same thinking might extend to spheres of science, education, technology and women’s rights. Ethics and reason are the guiding influences I would like to see in a leader. I guess I have a built-in cynicism towards anyone who wears his faith on his sleeve, or on his campaign button. To me, the identification of your religion does not, by virtue of itself, make you a better person- very often, it makes you a hypocrite. Do you agree, or am I overreacting?