If Mike Huckabee becomes President, will he be in clear Violation of the First Amendment?
The first Amendment clearly states the separation church and state; which states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
If Huckabee is elected President; he being a Baptist minister any laws created will carry the under tones of his religious beliefs, essentially affect the chance of a clear non partisan objective.
What’s your opinion, Should Congress Prosecute him or Pardon him?
THis question is under Religion & Spirituality .. the other is under political..
Da Ent Wife, your right its NOT in the constitution its in the 1st Amendment. Obviously you did not pay attention in History class.
wildflower, if the Huckster Violates the 1st amendments, he can be impeached. The 1st amendments CLEARLY state the separation of church and state, if the Hucketer does not separate his religious beliefs from decisions that affect the state.
In a campaign ad, Huckabee says, "Faith doesn't just influence me. It really defines me," and he identifies himself as a "Christian leader." It's one thing to read the First Amendment Establishment Clause as prohibiting the slightest government endorsement of the Christian religion (while not demonstrating similar angst over government promotion of secular humanism, New Age-ism, Islam or Native American spirituality). But it's taking it to an entirely new level to say that it precludes public officeholders from allowing their Christian worldview to influence their policy preferences or governance. Public officials cannot separate their worldview from their governance without gutting themselves into ciphers. Their policy agenda will necessarily reflect their value system. Voters in turn properly base their decisions on candidates in part on their respective values and how closely they resemble their own. Does that mean we are on the same path as our current nut bag president?
When Mike Huckabee became lieutenant governor of Arkansas in 1993, he complained of being burdened by college tuition bills for his son, the expenses of two residences — one in Texarkana and the other in Little Rock — and the cost of commuting between the two. The Huskster, With an annual salary of $25,452,000 he said he was falling short in covering the bills. “It was costing him money to be lieutenant governor,” Mr. Huckabee recalled in a 1997 newspaper interview.
To bridge the gap between his income and his expenses, Hucks and a few close political advisers came up with a plan. They formed a nonprofit organization that raised money for Mr. Huckabee to travel the country promoting conservative politics to fellow ministers In its three-year life span, the organization, Action America, collected $119,916 from a dozen or so donors. Among them were former Senator Bob Dole’s political action committee, an Arkansas cotton gin owner who had been jailed for stock fraud, and R. J. Reynolds, the tobacco giant that had opposed the Clinton health plan. As for Mr. Huckabee, he ended up with $61,500 for his efforts before becoming governor in July 1996 and shuttering the group.
As information about the secretive group began to leak out in 1997, Democrats in Arkansas pressed for the identity of its donors, which Mr. Huckabee has refused to disclose. In addition, he failed to report his Action America income on his 1994 financial disclosure form, resulting in a “letter of caution” from the Arkansas Ethics Commission in 1997.
- Weird DarrylLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Why are you asking this same stupid question???
- 1 decade ago
First of all, congress makes laws, not the president. The president can only sign them into law or veto them.
Second of all, your statement "...being a Baptist minister any laws created will carry the under tones (sic) of his religious beliefs, ...", even if true, does not violate the constitution, nor is it a reason a priori to disqualify him as a presidential candidate.
Thirdly of all, since when, at least in modern times, have any presidents had a "...clear non partisan (sic) objective."?
And finally, since Huckabee is not yet president and has not been impeached, the congress has no jurisdiction to prosecute or pardon him. The voters have the right to vote or not vote for him. That's all.Source(s): Bill!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I don't think Huckabee could win to save his life, but I don't think the fact that he's a Baptist minister would violate the 1st Amendment. If he goes before the nation and tears up the Constitution and shows us the Bible and says "this is our Constitution now." Then, I'd probably say he's gone too far, but by then, most people would think he needs a padded room.
- Beckie BLv 41 decade ago
There was a similar concern when John Kennedy was running for office..because he was o.m.g. CATHOLIC !..Did J.F.K. make congress pass a law that everyone should be cathlolic?? CONGRESS CANNOT pass a law that says that this nation should be a certain religion...they passed a law that says that we have a right to freely practice the relgion of our choosing..Huckabee cannot make the BELIEFS of what ever religion he is into law... but when you think of it many of our laws sound alot like what the different religions teach.. our founding fathers stated in the constitution ,one nation under God.. If we stop being one nation under God...god !we will be one under nation!
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- 1 decade ago
Wow... Read it again and slow down this time (say the words out loud if it helps). It only states that Congress can't meddle in the exercise of religion...
In case you did not know it, anything congress did to impact the exercise of religion in any way would be the violation.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people have no comprehension of the things they read.
edit-- The thinking that "separation of church and state" is in the constitution is an urban myth that has sprung from a generation that gets their education from CNN and the New York Times.
Where this originated is in Thomas Jefferson's private letter to The Danbury Baptists dated October 7, 1801. This was never ratified by the constitutional process and only represented one man's wish.
- FaessonLv 71 decade ago
if you were a little older... okay, a lot older, you might remember the same thing being bandied about when John Kennedy was running for President.
"He is Catholic and don't all Catholics take all their orders directly from the Pope? If the Pope tells him to 'do this or be excummunicated' will he sell out the good ole USA?"
final answer... when you make it to President, suddenly the whole 'God-thing' doesnt mean so much as the 'power-thing' .
- wildflowerLv 71 decade ago
You have a problem, you don't understand the First Amendment and you are trying to distort it.
Should Huckabee become President, he doesn't need to be prosecuted or pardoned. You're ignorant!!!
- zorilLv 71 decade ago
The first amendment does not state this at all.
I think that it will be great if a Christian is President.
- 1 decade ago
Balderdash. The words "separation of church and state" are found NO WHERE in the constitution.
If Huckabee were elected President, he would NOT be a member of "Congress" now would he?
""CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...""