C.I.S.S. (Candidate in Satan's Service)?
Until I read this blog post from Justin Jeffre at Talk to Action, I wasn't aware of Bill Gothard. Gothard is a fundamentalist Christian whose hydra-headed organization includes a home-schooling program that, according to a recent Denver Post article, includes "strict teachings [that] prohibit rock 'n' roll." This is mentioned in the Post article because Matthew Murray, the shooter at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs -- who was a death-metal fan -- claimed he was subject to Gothard home-schooling.
Gothard, interviewed by the Post, unequivocally ascribed Murray's crime to the music:
Ultimately, Gothard blames rock music for Murray's murderous rampage.
"That is the most contributing factor," said Gothard, who is based in a small town south of Chicago. "It'd be important to see the connection between his passion to rock music and how it ultimately brought this on."
Gothard said whenever he gets calls from parents having trouble with their kids, he asks about what they listen to. "In every case, (the kid) is listening to rock music," he said.
Pretty much what you'd expect to hear from a guy who offers "Ten Scriptural Reasons Why the 'Rock Beat' Is Evil in Any Form" (example: "VIII. THE 'ROCK BEAT' OPPOSES GOD’S COMMAND NOT TO MIX LIGHT WITH DARKNESS").
So, er, who's Gothard's favorite presidential candidate?
Well, Justin has found out -- and he wants Gothard to know that the answer disturbs him:
Today I'm asking you to save the eternal soul of the man you support to be the next President of the United States - Mike Huckabee.... you and Governor Huckabee are longtime associates and ... you were photographed together at a recent "Huckabee for President" campaign event at a Houston home.
...Though it's been widely reported in the media, it may have escaped your attention that Gov. Huckabee not only loves rock music, he plays bass guitar in a rock band! I have located numerous photographs of him engaging in this activity. I must warn you that these images may disturb you, but you may click here to view them.
...For decades, you've been blaming rock music for society's problems. Now's your chance to make an international public statement, courtesy of your good friend, Rockin' Mike Huckabee. What do you have to say to this man who consistently violates one of your most cherished "Basic Life Principles," a man you want to be leader of the free world?....
Funny -- I would think this was an example of that "moral relativism" I've heard so much about, but I'm pretty sure moral relativism is limited to secular-humanist evildoers like me, whereas Christians like Gothard and Huckabee believe strictly in Absolute Truth.