Friday, March 09, 2018

Country Music Association Gives Huckabee the Boot

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Last week it was announced that former Governor, musician, and all around nice guy, Mike Huckabee, had been appointed to the Country Music Association Foundation board.

The reason?

Huckabee has a history of promoting the arts in public schools---including music, and that's what the CMA Foundation does.

In less than 24 hours Mike Huckabee was forced to resign.

The reason?


Hollywood's Variety Magazine summed it up in their story with this sub-headline: "Basically every gay man in town is furious."

They're right. Every homosexual in town was angry. Particularly those who manage the "big" Nashville country music artists. The ones many of you like and listen to.

Variety says "the chatter around Nashville made it clear that many straight men and women heading the town's biggest label groups and management firms were every bit as angry."

However, most of them spoke anonymously.

Jason Owen, one of the most influential music artist managers in Nashville, wrote a letter to the CMA within hours of Huckabee's appointment demanding Huckabee's removal, or else.

Owens, a "married" homosexual, who, along with his "husband/wife," have a son.

In his letter, he told CMA, "This man has made it clear that my family is not welcome in his America, while the CMA has opened their arms to me and made me feel welcome and relevant." He said, "Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his,"and "Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is. What a shameful choice."

Yes, how shameful.

There's much more. You can read it for yourself.

This, my friends, is the face of the people who champion "tolerance." And exclusivity.

And it's a moment to remember the next time your favorite country artist sings a song about Jesus and asks millions of evangelicals to buy it.

The Advocate, the country's biggest homosexual newspaper, led with this headline: "The New Nashville Took A Stand Against Mike Huckabee."

They're right. Nashville did take a stand against Huckabee, and here's what they stood against.

Let's look at the face of true tolerance. And class.

The following day, Mike Huckabee wrote a letter to the Tennessean newspaper. It began with this:

To the CMA Foundation Board 
From Mike Huckabee
March 1, 2018
Dear Board Members:
I hereby tender my resignation effective immediately. I hope this will end the unnecessary distraction and deterrent to the core mission of the Foundation which is to help kids acquire musical instruments and have an opportunity to participate in music programs as students.
Since I will not be able to continue in what I had hoped to be useful service in this endeavor, I wanted to at least put some things on the record. I have no expectation that it will change the irrational vitriol directed toward you or me for my religious or political views that necessitated my abrupt departure, but I want you to know what you would never know by reading intolerant and vicious statements on the internet about who I am or what led me to want to be a part of your efforts to empower kids with the gift of music. So please bear with me.

He then proceeded to give an overview of how music gave him the opportunity to, "rise above my meager upbringing that consisted of scratching out a meager living and hoping to pay the rent in a house I would never own just as generations before me had done."

"What changed everything," Huckabee said, was "the gift of an electric guitar by my parents when I was 11..."

He wrote, "It took them [his parents] a year to pay for the $99 guitar they bought from the J.C. Penny catalog."

He said music gave him confidence, which enabled him to rise above the low expectations he had grown up with.

As Governor, Mike Huckabee worked tirelessly to give other children the same opportunity he had been given through music. This humble man digresses and gives an overview of what he has been able to do in helping children through music over the years. And it's well documented.

And Mike says this: "If the industry doesn't want people of faith or those who hold conservative and traditional political views to buy their tickets and music, they should be forthcoming and say it. Surely none of the artists or the business people of the industry want that."

He says, "All of us have deep passions about our beliefs. But I hate no one." And he says, "I hope that the music industry will become more tolerant and inclusive and recognize that a true love for kids having access to the arts is more important than a dislike for someone or a group of people because of who they are or what they believe."

"Kids wanting to learn music shouldn't be the victims of adults who demand that only certain people can be in the room or be heard," he said.

In conclusion, Mike Huckabee said, "I wish you nothing but good will and success at reaching students across America who need music as much as I did. At the end of the day, I'm not worth the fight, but the kids are. Never stop fighting for THEM!"

Nashville and its Country Music Association has been weighed in the balances and found wanting.

Biblical Christians have been given an eyewitness demonstration of what biblical Christianity looks like as it is lived out in today's hostile culture.

God bless you Mike.

Be Informed. Be Bold. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.


6 comments:

  1. Mike Huckabee not a "friend of the world"? That is good news. God bless him. May God keep him near to him. We need more like him.

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  2. Silly me....thinking the Country Music Industry had kept itself above all the hate and discrimination that has been leveled on Christians in the entertainment fields. The CMA awards is the only award show that I watch anymore. It seemed that the members have been clinging to more conservative viewpoints and have kept their associations pure as far as being apolitical. Mr. Huckabee is a class act and a gentleman and who does not seem to have a hateful bone in his body. The Country Music industry is the loser here as well as the kids who could have benefited by Mr. Huckabee's contribution.

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  3. Write the CMA and let them know that people of faith are not happy with their decision. Include the definition of inclusion.
    God forgive them for being so foolish.

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  4. CMA, see James 4:4.

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  5. Honest and forthright again. Thankyou for keeping me informed. Thank you Mr. Huckabee.

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  6. CMA will lose out with their hypocrisy. You cannot simultaneously market and support yourself primarily to Christians in the Bible belt, and with supposedly family values, and then turn around and spit on those folks on command - like a lap dog for a militant activist group. Let's be clear, Christians are not called to jettison homosexuals from 21st C. America, like Mr. Owens is attempting to do of outspoken Christians, but we are certainly called to stand up for Biblical families, chosen out of our precious free will. Mr. Owens will not stand for free will. No, in his mind, and in his world, we must all bow before his activist will, compelled by the full force of his own imagined 'law' in the USA - which means - by the end of a gun, if need be. Fortunately for us - we have the force of the First Amendment, and freedom of speech and religious expression on our side. But alas, those quaint, precious freedoms are not tolerated by Jason Owens and his 'tolerant' group of modern day political terrorists. No, their intolerance speaks volumes, as they throw around the 'tolerance' & 'intolerance' labels blithely - under force of public shaming. And of course this kind of public shaming is hardly the extent of the homosexual agenda - as in this instance they seek to force their ways and means directly onto the Bible belt itself....or at least the country music belt. No, ultimately they will seek to re-write the laws, even the First Amendment itself, under the threat of force (the end of a gun) - they want nothing less than that. This is clear, by how they are assaulting Christians in the marketplace - like the political terrorists they are.
    Let's not forget what Jesus said about this in Matthew 5, the Beatitudes: "10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
    Jason Owens, I've met Jesus, and sir, you are no Jesus.....we are called to love all people, and love certainly does not always mean 'toleration' of all actions, and certainly does not mean toleration of sin. God Himself disciplines those he loves. Mr. Owens, we Bible believing Christians do not hate you, and do not say to you, you are 'not welcome' to exercise your free will. We simply - simply - ask you to allow us to exercise ours. That is all. The fact that these activists cannot seem to tolerate this, really alerts us to the weakness of their own position.

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