'Good against evil' in Iowa
March 25th, 2011
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'Good against evil' in Iowa

Washington (CNN) – Several potential Republican candidates emphasized various themes important to social conservatives – a key constituency in Iowa - during speeches there at a conference of several hundred pastors.

On Thursday night, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told the Rediscover God in America event, held in West Des Moines, that the country is in a battle pitting good against evil.

"I pray that God will raise up spiritual warriors who will say America will not fall – that we will not let this nation fall to the hands of those that will enslave us. This battle is one that pits good against evil. There are things that are right and there are things that are wrong and the great battle that we will live or die by to preserve this nation is one in which we identify and then we fight for until the last breath – that there are some things that are holy and pure and that are just," he said.

"I still want you to understand fully that the greatness of this nation and the hope and future of this nation is not dependent on who we elect in a human position as much as it is that the pastors of this nation on their faces before God then on their feet before their people bring fire to their pulpits and bring revival to this great land and remind us whose people we are and we say we will never fall again," he told the group.

He praised the efforts last year in which three Iowa judges were recalled because of their ruling that same sex marriage was constitutional.

On Friday former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour spoke as they try to build support among the evangelical Christians in the state a group which is considered key in order to do well in the state's caucuses next year.

As he has in previous speeches in the state, Gingrich talked about being ready on his first day in office to sign a number of executive orders. He would revoke some of the czars put in place by the Obama Administration as well as reinstate a permanent ban on federal money for abortions.

"I believe if we have the right in 2012 and elect the right Congress," then he said the nation can correct some of the problems it faces now. "We can change this country. We have changed this country before."

He attacked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal appeals court based in California, for being too liberal.

A webcast showing the event will be played in thousands of churches across the state on Saturday. This event came one day before six prospective candidates, including Barbour, Gingrich, and Rep. Michele Bachmann from Minnesota, speak Saturday before a day-long Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines. That event's sponsor is Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who wants to see social issues play a major influence in the Republican nomination process.


Filed under: Haley Barbour • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Mike Huckabee • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Well, it's obvious that HE is the evil.........but I don't know to which GOOD he might be referring.........

    March 25, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. SarahV

    The Ole Republican Hate Machine rolls on!

    Tell me again which poll data shows that Americans care more about abortion funding than creating jobs?

    Also, many of the women denied abortions will go on to have children who will have to be supported by food stamps and welfare assistance–which many Republicans also want to ban.

    So...no affordable birth control, no abortions AND no public assistance? What reality do these people live in?

    March 25, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Video Guy

    Yes Governor Huckabee I do thank God for a President with spare brain cells. I Thank God that the GOP and the Christian Right is not in power. May God help us if they ever are.

    March 25, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There has to be one republican in the country who is not a lying pile of crap, but no one would know where to find that person. Fox has made a fortune out of false conspiracy theories, and putting the looniest of the extreme right on the payroll. I think we made a big mistake when foreign born billionaire, Rupert Murdoch, was made a citizen of the US so he could control America media

    March 25, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. ...

    Followers following fables...philosophies that enable them to rule without regard. -nofx

    March 25, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    " that we will not let this nation fall to the hands of those that will enslave us. "

    You mean the giant corporations and ultra-rich to whom the GOPers pay obeisence?

    March 25, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. annie s

    Wow, just what we need – a Pastor-in-Chief. Please, please keep these religious fanatics away from the White House!

    March 25, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    BTW, wtf is with his run-on sentences? Is this some kind of trick the political advisors who write GOP speeches play on their target audience or drooling mad-tinfoil-hatters? Reading those quotes, I felt like he was channeling Jabberwocky Barbie also too and.

    March 25, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. chris24

    please tell me this is no happening. i feel like gomer pyle is quoting from
    the george w bush playbook. "let's get the religious people to vote for us,
    then we can do whatever we want once we get in office"

    Please say it isn't so.

    March 25, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. doyouwantmore

    Before this article I wasn't sure about Huckabee, but his willingness to say that the country's leadership is about good versus evil, and his comment about pastors on their faces praying, combined with the sneering smug liberal comments here are a great endorsement. Before I wasn't sure, but now I would vote for Huckabee. Anyone who can stir up the bitterness of our ideological opposites, the godless liberal media hate machine, is all good in my book!

    Our worst (Bush jr.) is still better than your best. (Barry)

    March 25, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. AnaHadWolves

    Yes, Mr. Huckabee, there IS evil in the world and you are the personification of it! Rather than abide by Jesus' commandment to "Love one another", you are trying to score political points by once again beating up on gay people. As for your bleating that "the government is trying to control our lives", how does that square with your on-going crusade to enact even MORE laws designed to keep women from having an abortion...even if NOT having one would mean her death?

    Mr. Huckabee is the devil incarnate; why else would he continue to beat up a group of people simply to score political points with a constituency? You're evil, Mr. Huckabee...and, Jesus is watching.

    March 25, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Snuffy

    Oh for heaven's sake, I am a liberal as well as a believer. The two are not mutually exclusive. I am not the enemy, I am not evil, I don't need to be changed. I'm here and 50% of the country is like me. We need to figure out how to deal, not how to "eliminate" each other.

    March 25, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Andy666

    Some has to say it: Are they completely bonkers?

    March 25, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Cindy

    Sharia law is next if this guy is elected!

    March 25, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Certainly former Gov. Huckabee is choosing his words for his audience, but it's really maore a case of Responsible vs. Irresponsible. Conservative ideology of governing is more about managing than it is about pillaging. It's about recognizing that a government fundamentaly has a limited role in the economy. Funding the government by pulling resources out of the economy ( i.e., taxes ) requires that the size and range of activities of the government should be determined by what the economy is capable of supporting. A national government debt of $14 trillion and growing is a clear sign that there is no balance and changes need to be made. It's not good vs evil, its responsible vs. irresponsible.

    March 25, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    To use the name of God to further their divisive politics of bigotry, lies, and hatred even for a hardened, non-fanatic Catholic like myself is too freakin' much.
    I don't believe in fire and brimstone, hell, I don't believe in hell, but if those things do in fact exist........you know.

    March 25, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Alann

    Just what we need: A religious fanatic stirring up Christian Cracker Nation into a righteous crusade against Absolute Evil.

    Thanks, Huck, you fraud.

    March 25, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    If anyone believes Republicans and God are on the same side of any issue – you are delusional. Republicans are the most hateful, people-destroying, dishonest, non-human, non-caring, unChristian group of lying hypocrites this nation has ever seen. They are killinng jobs, refusing people unemployment insurance, standing on the side of the banks that are foreclosing people's homes afer We the People bailed those same banks out from failure, cutting programs to help poor families have food, standing up for greedy corporations who abuse their workers both here and abroad, and are the worst racists we have seen since the 1960s against our biracial President. They hate him because he is BLACK and lie about his Christian upbringing. The only leaders I see acting like Christians and following the laws of God are Democrats who are working for the benefit of struggling Americans, offering humanitarian efforts for the poor, and our President who is a good and decent man who loves ALL the PEOPLE and could care less about color, race, ethnic origin, or station in life. He cares and works hard for EVERYONE. That is being on the side of God.

    March 25, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    "I pray that God will raise up spiritual warriors who will say America will not fall – that we will not let this nation fall to the hands of those that will enslave us. This battle is one that pits good against evil'

    Agreed, and the GOP is the evil that wants to enslave the good people of the middle class of America.

    Not too worry Huckster, the GOP agenda for "America to fail" is right on schedule.

    Texas has agreed to "kill" 14,000 poor AIDS patients by not paying for their meds.

    You and those other "christian" cons just keep right on "walking in the footsteps of the Anti-Christ".

    You will have an eternity to repent.

    March 25, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Patrick FL

    "I pray that God will raise up spiritual warriors who will say America will not fall – that we will not let this nation fall to the hands of those that will enslave us. This battle is one that pits good against evil. There are things that are right and there are things that are wrong and the great battle that we will live or die by to preserve this nation is one in which we identify and then we fight for until the last breath – that there are some things that are holy and pure and that are just," he said.

    Is it me or does that sound like a passage from a Jihadist handbook

    March 25, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Chuck

    "I pray that God will raise up spiritual warriors who will say America will not fall – that we will not let this nation fall to the hands of those that will enslave us. This battle is one that pits good against evil. There are things that are right and there are things that are wrong and the great battle that we will live or die by to preserve this nation is one in which we identify and then we fight for until the last breath – that there are some things that are holy and pure and that are just."

    What. The. !@#$.

    Is he talking about politics or starting a religious war?

    March 25, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Dave

    Don't you mean "dumb against dumber"?

    March 25, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. jules sand-perkins

    If Huckabee were elected president of our country, the leaders of foreign countries would laugh at his English, which is not even a first language for most of them.
    How could they take him seriously?

    March 25, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    On another post, a writer said LMAO because of the phone conference today.

    HULLO - THE CONGRESS DOESN'T WORK THURSDAY AFTERNOON THRU TUESDAY NOON !! Boner's rules. They have to go home or play golf with the lobbyists that pay them.

    March 25, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. steven harnack

    I hope that all of those churches are ready to start paying taxes since they seem to have given up on things spiritual and gone to things political. As for good against evil, I can't think of any threat more evil than the Republican Party of liars and thieves.

    March 25, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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