reports that in the new ad "connected" to the conservative group Value Voters USA
, the 57-year-old former GOP presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas tells viewers that "many issues are at stake" in the general election but "some issues are not negotiable."
Huckabee suggests that issues such as tax, jobs and the economy are negotiable but some such as "the right to life from conception to natural death" are non-negotiable and Christians compromise on such issues at the risk of eternal damnation.
Huckabee asks Christians, "Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire?"
He explains that “Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined. It is an egregious violation of our cherished principle of religious liberty for the government to force the Church to buy the kind of insurance that leads to the taking of innocent human life.”
He then warns Christians about what lies ahead for them should they make the wrong voting choice on November 6. He says: “Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire
? This is Mike Huckabee asking you to join me November 6th and vote based on values that will stand the test of fire.”
notes that in spite of Huckabee's suggestion that the HHS contraception coverage
rule forces Christians to "buy the kind of insurance that leads to the taking of innocent life," churches are actually exempt from the regulation. Slate
writer comments: "The hormonal birth control he's likely referring to actually works by suppressing ovulation, but I guess not providing eggs for searching sperm has been [conveniently] upgraded to 'murder' in [the] anti-choice lingo" designed for the purpose of winning the election.
also notes that Huckabee's concern about Christians who may vote against sacred "family values" may be informed by the fact that Obama got nearly twice as many votes from white evangelical Christians under 44 in 2008 than Kerry did in 2004 and that Christian votes helped Obama win many swing states. The website comments
: "The consensus seems to be that these younger Christians have rejected the pressure to vote solely on the issue of other people's sex lives, and instead consider economic and environmental issues to be of greater moral concern."
So, according to Slate
, Huckabee is left with no choice but to hit a shrill old-fashioned "fire-and-brimstone" evangelical note "threatening them with [eternal] damnation."
reports that Huckabee's ad has sparked a debate with several critical comments on social media.