by Max Brantley
Mike Huckabee try to have something both ways? Surely not.
But a prominent Baptist pastor makes just that criticism of the Huckster for refusing to participate in a meeting of Southern Baptists.
An influential Southern Baptist pastor has reproved former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's decision to pull out of a 2008 Baptist convocation and the presidential candidate's subsequent criticism of it.
"This, to me, is a clear confounding of the two kingdoms. What conservatives are about to do is pull out of the program (even though they’ve been invited) and then criticize it for being too liberal. You can’t have it both ways," wrote Marty Duren, pastor of New Bethany Baptist Church in Buford, Ga, in his web log Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Huckabee told Florida Baptist Witness that he would decline an invitation from former president Jimmy Carter to join next year’s New Baptist Covenant Celebration – a broad Baptist meeting in America part of a new initiative to counter the "negative" Baptist image and demonstrate Baptist unity around social concerns.