Re­li­gious spat

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Sam Brown­back said ri­val Mike Huck­abee should apol­o­gize for a sup­porter’s “prej­u­diced whis­per cam­paign” against him for be­ing Catholic.

The sup­porter, a pas­tor in Wind­sor Heights, Iowa, sent an e-mail to Brown­back sup­port­ers point­ing out that Mr. Huck­abee is an evan­gel­i­cal Protes­tant and Mr. Brown­back is not. Mr. Huck­abee, a for­mer Arkansas gov­er­nor, is an or­dained Bap­tist min­is­ter.

“I know Sen. Brown­back con­verted to Ro­man Catholi­cism in 2002,” the Rev. Tim Rude, pas­tor of Wal­nut Creek Com­mu­nity Church, wrote in the e-mail. “Frankly, as a re­cov­er­ing Catholic my­self, that is all I need to know about his dis­cern­ment when com­pared to the gov­er­nor’s.”

In the e-mail, Mr. Rude calls Mr. Huck­abee “one of us.”

Mr. Rude apol­o­gized on July 31, say­ing he never meant to sound crit­i­cal of Catholi­cism, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

Mr. Huck­abee’s cam­paign did not apol­o­gize. Spokesman Eric Wool­son said Mr. Rude is not a cam­paign staffer and was ex­press­ing a per­sonal opin­ion in what he be­lieved was a private e-mail.

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