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published: 1/21/08
updated: 2/14/14

Mike Huckabee and Religion




What is Mike Huchabee's Religion?

Mike Huckabee is a Christian.

This page provides "just the facts" — direct quotes, linked references and video — on Mike Huckabee's religious faith, religious beliefs and views on some major moral issues. This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but to provide a convenient summary and starting point for further reading. Click on the links in the table below to jump to quotes and resources on that topic.

Fast Facts on Mike Huckabee


Age: 52
Education: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A., 1980; Ouachita Baptist University, B.A., 1975
Political Party: Republican
Website: www.mikehuckabee.com
Religion: Southern Baptist. Personal Religion and Beliefs
On Abortion: Pro-life. Views on Abortion
On Church and State: "The First Amendment requires that expressions of faith be neither prohibited nor preferred." Views on Church and State
On the Death Penalty: Supports. But it is a "tough issue" and "I don't like it." Views on the Death Penalty
On Homosexuality: Opposes gay marriage, civil unions, and gays in the military. Views on Homosexuality
On Medical Ethics: Opposes all stem-cell research. Views on Medical Ethics





Mike Huckabee on His Personal Religion and Beliefs

"My faith is my life - it defines me. My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them. For example, when it comes to the environment, I believe in being a good steward of the earth. I don't separate my faith from my personal and professional lives. Real faith makes us humble and mindful, not of the faults of others, but of our own. It makes us less judgmental, as we see others with the same frailties we have. Faith gives us strength in the face of injustice and motivates us to do our best for 'the least of us.'" [website]

"I usually try to read some Psalms and some New Testament each day. I have a little pocket Bible that I have with me all the time in my briefcase, and so usually in the mornings, sometimes on the campaign bus or plane, I always try to catch some time to do that regularly. It really helps me a lot. And then other times, I’ll spend more time, before a debate or something like that, a little more time really in prayer and meditation." [1/08]

Video: Mike Huckabee's Christmas Message

References and Further Reading

  1. "Issues: Faith and Politics." Candidate website.
  2. Steven Waldman and Dan Gilgoff, "Mike Huckabee: 'The Lord Truly Gave Me Wisdom'." Beliefnet, January 2008.
  3. "God-O-Meter: Mike Huckabee." Beliefnet.

Mike Huckabee on Abortion

  • "I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life.  My convictions regarding the sanctity of life have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or wavering.  I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.
  •  I applaud the Supreme Court's recent decision in Gonzales v. Carhart forbidding the gruesome practice of partial birth abortion. While I am optimistic that we are turning the tide in favor of life, we still have many battles ahead of us to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and so it is vital that we elect a pro-life President.
  • I first became politically active because of abortion, when I helped pass Arkansas' Unborn Child Amendment, which requires the state to do whatever it legally can to protect life.
  • As Governor, I did all I could to protect life.  The many pro-life laws I got through my Democrat legislature are the accomplishments that give me the most pride and personal satisfaction.  To me, life doesn't begin at conception and end at birth.  Every child deserves a quality education, first-rate health care, decent housing in a safe neighborhood, and clean air and drinking water.  Every child deserves the opportunity to discover and use his God-given gifts and talents." [website]

"Huckabee, who is pro-life, says that the problem with some in the pro-life community is that they put undue focus on the gestation period. He says he is also concerned about education and health care for children once they are born. 'I want to be concerned about making sure every child has music and art education. There are a lot of things that, to me, are a part of my being pro-life,' he says. Huckabee says that Roe v. Wade didn't decriminalize abortion, but took it out of the sphere of state law and made it a national policy based on privacy. Thus, the overturning of Roe v. Wade would not eliminate abortion, he says. 'Some states would have very liberal abortion laws, other states would have very strict abortion laws.'" [2/7/07]

"And you also have states that not only practice abortion, but if Roe v. Wade is overturned, we haven’t won the battle. All we’ve done is now we’ve created the logic of the Civil War, which says that the right to the human life is geographical, not moral. I think that’s very problematic. That’s why I think that people like Fred Thompson are dead wrong when he says just leave that up to the states. Well, that’s again the logic of the Civil War – that slavery could be okay in Georgia but not okay in Massachusetts. Obviously we’d today say, 'Well, that’s nonsense. Slavery is wrong, period.' It can’t be right somewhere and wrong somewhere else. Same with abortion." [1/08]

References and Further Reading

  1. "Issues: Sanctity of Life." Candidate website.
  2. Robert Siegel, "Huckabee Bets on Conservative Base for 2008." NPR, All Things Considered, February 7, 2007.
  3. Steven Waldman and Dan Gilgoff, "Mike Huckabee: 'The Lord Truly Gave Me Wisdom'." Beliefnet, January 2008.



Mike Huckabee on Church and State

"The First Amendment requires that expressions of faith be neither prohibited nor preferred. We should not banish religion from the public square, but should guarantee access to all voices and views. We should share and debate our faith, but never seek to impose it. When discussing faith and politics, we should honor the 'candid' in candidate - I have much more respect for an honest atheist than a disingenuous believer. My faith is my life - it defines me. My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them..... Real faith makes us humble and mindful, not of the faults of others, but of our own. It makes us less judgmental, as we see others with the same frailties we have. Faith gives us strength in the face of injustice and motivates us to do our best for 'the least of us.' Our nation was birthed in a spirit of faith - not a prescriptive one telling us whether to believe, but one acknowledging that a providence pervades our world." [website]

"I think that the state ought to give students exposure to all points of view. And I would hope that that would be all points of view and not only evolution. I think that they also should be given exposure to the theories not only of evolution but to the basis of those who believe in creationism.... I think [evolution] is something kids ought to be exposed to. I do not necessarily buy into the traditional Darwinian theory, personally. But that does not mean that I’m afraid that somebody might find out what it is." [7/03]

"I think schools also ought to be fair to all views. Because, frankly, Darwinism is not an established scientific fact. It is a theory of evolution, that’s why it’s called the theory of evolution. And I think that what I’d be concerned with is that it should be taught as one of the views that’s held by people. But it’s not the only view that’s held. And any time you teach one thing as that it’s the only thing, then I think that has a real problem to it." [7/04]

"Huckabee says that reclaiming a nation for Christ doesn't mean coercing people to be of a particular faith. 'It means that we would reflect what [Christ] reflected, and that is compassion and love,' Huckabee says." [2/7/07]

"I would like to think... that I’ve made that people realize that Christians are real people and they have a real world view that’s defensible and intellectually sound, and that it impacts people’s lives in a positive way. I think it would be tragic if that were the case because the application of Christian principles in government ought to bring a greater sense of justice, a greater sense of hope, and a decency to the process" [1/08]

Video: Mike Huckabee on "Pastors and Pews"

References and Further Reading

  1. "Issues: Faith and Politics." Candidate website.
  2. Interview on Arkansas Ask, Arkansas Educational Television Network, July 2003. Excerpted in Jason Wiles, "Is Evolution Arkansas's 'Hidden' Curriculum." National Center for Science Education website.
  3. Interview on Arkansas Ask, Arkansas Educational Television Network, July 2004. Excerpted in Jason Wiles, "Is Evolution Arkansas's 'Hidden' Curriculum." National Center for Science Education website.
  4. Robert Siegel, "Huckabee Bets on Conservative Base for 2008." NPR, All Things Considered, February 7, 2007.
  5. Steven Waldman and Dan Gilgoff, "Mike Huckabee: 'The Lord Truly Gave Me Wisdom'." Beliefnet, January 2008.

Mike Huckabee on the Death Penalty

"Whether we should even have a death penalty is a tough issue. I believe some crimes deserve it, but that does not mean I like it. I do believe it should be an option, but carrying out the death penalty was unquestionably the worst part of my job as governor. 17 times I sat by a phone with an open line to the death chamber, and gave the verbal order for the lethal injection. I never slept well those nights. I did the job that the law prescribed for me to do, but I hated every minute of it." [1/4/07]

"The night of an execution is the loneliest night of a governor's life though I had always favored the death penalty. The warden said, 'Governor, the prisoner is now prepared. Is there any reason we should not proceed?' What came out of my mouth in the next few moments would mean either the life or death of a man. I alone had the power to stop the proceedings. I authorized other executions after that one, but it never became easier. If it had, there would have been something wrong with me or the process. To this day I am confident that I did the right thing -- 'right' defined against moral absolutes in the midst of an imperfect world. In an ideal world, this man would have never committed the horrible murders for which he was tried and found guilty and sentenced to die. The process was tedious and thorough. Nevertheless, the moment a governor gives the order to proceed, he is answering to God for his action and not to the taxpayer." [6/1/07]

Video: Mike Huckabee on the death penalty and "what would Jesus do?"

References and Further Reading

  1. Mike Huckabee, From Hope to Higher Ground, (Center Street, January 4, 2007).
  2. Mike Huckabee, Character Makes a Difference: Where I'm From, Where I've Been, and What I Believe (B&H Books, June 1, 2007).

Mike Huckabee on Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

"I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As President, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman, for life." [website]

"No other candidate has supported traditional marriage more consistently and steadfastly than I have. While Massachusetts was allowing homosexuals to marry, I got a constitutional amendment passed in Arkansas in 2002 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I got Arkansas to become only the third state to adopt 'covenant' marriage." [website]

"The late Cardinal O'Connor decried a domestic partnership law (which provided that all couples who signed up, whether heterosexual or homosexual, would be treated the same as married couples) as legislating that 'marriage doesn't matter.' I agree with the Cardinal that marriage does matter, I would add that nothing in our society matters more. Our true strength doesn't come from our military or our gross national product, it comes from our families. What's the point of keeping the terrorists at bay in the Middle East if we can't keep decline and decadence at bay here at home? The growing number of children born out of wedlock and the rise in no-fault divorce have been a disaster for our society. They have pushed many women and children into poverty and onto the welfare, food stamp, and Medicaid rolls. These children are more likely to drop out of school and end up in low-paying, dead-end jobs, they are more likely to get involved with drugs and crime, they are more likely to have children out of wedlock or get divorced themselves someday, continuing the unhappy cycle." [website]

"I don’t think that’s a radical view to say we’re going to affirm marriage. I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal. Again, once we change the definition, the door is open to change it again. I think the radical position is to make a change in what’s been historic." [1/08]

"I support both the human rights amendment and a marriage amendment, and the reason that I do is because I think we need to codify in our Constitution that which has been acceptable and accepted view of what life and what marriage means. Frankly, if it weren’t being challenged, it wouldn’t be necessary. But it is being challenged. Now you have states that are passing same-sex marriage laws or civil union laws." [1/08]


Video: Mike Huckabee on CNN debate regarding support from homosexual Republicans.

References and Further Reading

  1. "Issues: Marriage." Candidate website.
  2. Steven Waldman and Dan Gilgoff, "Mike Huckabee: 'The Lord Truly Gave Me Wisdom'." Beliefnet, January 2008.

Mike Huckabee on Issues in Medical Ethics

"I am opposed to research on embryonic stem cells." [website]

Links

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References and Further Reading

  1. "Issues: Sanctity of Life." Candidate website.