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Young Mike Huckabee, as columnist, counseled against dancing

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COLUMNIST HUCKABEE: The RAPture Express covered dancing, soap operas and lots more.
  • COLUMNIST HUCKABEE: The RAPture Express covered dancing, soap operas and lots more.


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— columns written by recent Hope High graduate Mike Huckabee for a Missionary Baptist newsletter targeting young people, titled the RAPture Express.

By then already a preacher and speaker, Huckabee had some opinions about dancing:

“I strongly recommend that Christian teens stay away from dancing, mainly because some people would just not be able to respect a person who attended dances.”


He tried to straddle a bit.

I personally don’t see that much wrong with dances, but at the same time, I can’t find a whole lot of good with them either. I strongly recommend that Christian teens stay away from dancing, mainly because some people would just not be able to respect a person who attended dances. It sure won’t help your Christian life, and the chance of it being affected at all isn’t worth the little bit of pleasure that you might find at a dance. If the person you date won’t respect that opinion in you, then you shouldn’t be dating that person anyway. If your dating partner digs dancing more than he digs you, you haven’t got much of a date.

Huckabee wasn't sure dancing necessarily led to immoral acts, but he was sure it could lead to "temptation."

Then there were soap operas.

 “I literally hate them!” He suggests watching soap operas make adultery, lying, divorce, murder, hating, and stealing seem routine and normal to people. He writes that “studies” link soap operas to liberal views.

Perhaps as a precursor to his recent (lampooned) thoughts on gay people (some of his best friends are), he wrote this on diversity:

In a dating column, Huckabee advises his readers to date other Christians and not “lost people,” although he says his readers should still associate with them.

Similarly, in responding to a critic of his dancing column as too weak, he wrote:
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 “I don’t want other young people to stay away from dances just because I do.”

Lots more there, much of it even-handed counsel to be judgmental, but not too judgmental. He had no use for social reformers in the pulpit or smokers, though.

The young Huckabee remains readily apparent in the adult Huckabee. And who hasn't said something as a youth they might reconsider today?

Still, it's a long way from the fellow who avoids dances to the one jamming with Ted Nugent on "Cat Scratch Fever,"


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