Hearing the Ichthys Talk Back in the Huckabee Ad
In Mike Huckabee’s latest campaign advertisement, he talks about the Creator’s values with an unsubtle, completely liminal Christian ichthys symbol in it. If you listen very, very carefully, you can hear that fish talking back:
Hi there. I’m Ichthys, but you can call me Icky. For nearly two thousand years, I have been a symbol of Christianity, and since 1965 I have been used in evangelical campaigns of Christian proselytization. I’m sitting here behind Mike Huckabee in this campaign ad to remind Iowa voters that they should vote for Mike Huckabee because he is a Christian, and not just any old Christian, but an evangelical, proselytizing Christian.
Mike Huckabee wants to use his Christianity in a religious surge to the presidency. That’s why he used a presidential campaign ad to tell people that what really matters is celebrating the birth of Christ. That’s why Mike Huckabee is telling campaign workers they are doing the Lord’s work by supporting his personal ambitions for office. The thing is that large numbers of Americans say that they are not religious or regular churchgoers. Many Americans belong to non-Christian religions or to no religion at all.
When Mike Huckabee tells Americans to celebrate his God and when he says his campaign is the real Christian’s campaign doing the work of the Lord, he’s running a campaign of division. Why does Mike Huckabee want to split Americans apart? Why is he trying so hard to divide our country? These aren’t rhetorical questions. They’re questions we need to ask of Mike Huckabee himself.