Tuesday, January 01, 2008

This just irritates me

CNN: Christian Symbol appears in Huckabee ad

WASHINGTON (CNN) – For the second time in the past two weeks, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has aired a commercial in which a Christian symbol appears in the background.

In the campaign ad, Huckabee is addressing members of the Iowa Christian Alliance, an organization whose symbol is the ichthys which appears on a banner that is shown prominently at the open and close of the 30 second spot. The ICA is an influential social conservative organization in Iowa, and Huckabee can be seen speaking about his opposition to abortion before the group.

The ichthys, which resembles a fish, is well-known in evangelical circles as the symbol used by early Christians to secretly identify one another without attracting persecution.

Oh my goodness, a video of Huckabee speaking is shown and there is a banner for the organization putting on the event behind the podium. The space is obviously rented and the banner was put up to dress the space up and to make sure the organizations logo makes it onto any newsreel footage of the candidate, just like the UAW or the VFW or whatever organization you might think of would do. But of course since the logo contains a Christian symbol we must all be scandalized and shocked and mutter darkly about the coming theocracy. I'm sick of the liberals who want the French Revolution redux, complete with the banning of all public expressions or signs of faith. If you don't like a country with equal protection for all beliefs there are plenty of slots on the plane to France.

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