Mitt Romney’s speech today reminding Americans of the lofty founding ideals of civic republicanism and religious liberty coincides with Mike Huckabee’s statement that God is the reason for his rise in the polls.
A former BYU political science professor who now blogs for AOL’s Political Machine has commented on Mike Huckabee’s view, pointing out that Huckabee shares a certain trait with Bush II and Carter:
It’s a brand of Christianity that draws heavily on notions of divine election and at its core contains a literal view of predestination. This is relatively harmless when taken in a kind of hazy way like Clinton, for example. But when you buy into divine election and predestination literally, and end up in the White House, it’s hard not to see anything you do as Divine will.
When Huckabee says there is only one explanation for his rise in the polls, he means that literally. When you literally believe in predestination, there is only one explanation for everything: God’s will.
Looks to me like Huck’s got that bug. And if you think Romney has a religion problem, you ain’t seen nuthin yet. There is nothing in Mitt’s brand of religion that even comes close to this.
Not only is there nothing in Romney’s religion that comes close to this kind of scary view of predestination and God’s will but Romney’s religion supports views such as those expressed today in Romney’s speech “Faith in America”, views that resonate with a true appreciation for religious pluralism, a belief in the good of all people, and the value of civic republicanism (“Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.”)