Within a 24-hour period, Nashville’s music industry honored former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee with an appointment to their Foundation Board, and then removed him from the same Board. So what happened? You won’t believe what Mike Huckabee did to get booted off the Board.
Prominent artist manager Jason Owen led the quick charge against the former governor from Arkansas. He called Huckabee’s appointment “grossly offensive.” But again, what did Huckabee do that was so “offensive”?
It’s simple. He stood up for his personal values and faith. And what could be more offensive than that?
Owen wrote, “Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family (who is largely gay) is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across the country. Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is. What a shameful choice. I will not participate in any organization that elevates people like this to positions that amplify their sick voices.”
The Board gathered to reconsider their appointment. But before they reached their inevitable, weak-kneed solution, Huckabee resigned, saying he hoped to end “the unnecessary distraction and deterrent to the core mission of the foundation.”
Huckabee then called on the music industry to be clear about whether it ever wants support from the faith community.
“If the industry doesn’t want people of faith or who hold conservative and traditional values to buy their tickets and music, they should be forthcoming and just say it,” he wrote.
So Mike Huckabee is not good enough for the Country Music Association. Why? Because he dared to have personal views which happen to be Christian. And worse yet, he is open about those views. Move over, Second Amendment. You aren’t the only Amendment in trouble in today’s America. It appears “free speech” is no longer “free.” It comes with a high price.
Gay leaders are welcome to join the leadership of the Country Music Association. But there is no room for a man who represents the values of 100 million self-identifying Christian Americans, not to mention 240 years of freedom to express one’s religion.
This is a sad day for the Country Music Association – and a sadder day for America.