Huckabee said while watching an earlier video presentation on Melba’s Manor, he recalled the story of a young woman from Tennessee who found herself in an unenviable position.
“Pregnant,” he said. “No husband. What will she do?”
She could keep her baby and be scorned by many, including many churchgoers. Or she could have an abortion, avoiding the scorn of “the self-righteous” but possibly facing the judgment of God.
The woman could not have predicted her son — Pastor Benny Tate of Rock Springs Church — would grow up, become a pastor and bring thousands of souls to Jesus. He asked those who had become Christians due to Tate where they would be spiritually if Tate’s mother had chosen abortion.
Huckabee said Tate does not just preach against abortion but provides an alternative. He said the idea that life begins at conception is not an optional position for him.
Those who say they do not know when life begins should take a biology class, he said.
He said he is glad to live in a country in which the founders recognized that certain truths were self-evident and God created men equal with inalienable rights. Though the founders were not perfect in regard to their treatment of women and blacks, this concept was radical in 1776, a time when one’s place in society was determined by wealth or ancestry.
“No person is worth more than another person and no person is worth less than another person,” he said.
This applies to the children of unwed mothers and the children of royalty both. Huckabee said his ancestors ended up in Georgia after being in a debtor’s prison and had to flee to Arkansas soon afterward. His father and grandfather did not graduate from high school; he was the first male in his family to do so. He said in countries other than the United States, people often have to “stay where (they) started.”
He spoke about some of his experiences as lieutenant governor, including a time when a member of the catering staff did not let him eat without a ticket. The event organizer was upset but Huckabee prevented the organizer from punishing the boy.
“That was the first teenager I’d seen in a long time who did exactly what he was told,” he said.
He also said despite good intentions, going against God’s design for marriage and family would end in disaster, comparing the situation to his son putting a cup of salt into a cake he had made because he did not know what a “dash” was. He said the recent financial crisis was a moral one, resulting from greed and not caring about others.
He also spoke about how people need to be tested in order to have their faith strengthened. He told of his wife’s bout with spinal cancer and how that enabled him, as a pastor, to better understand the suffering of cancer patients.