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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at the Christian Index and is used by permission.
The Country Music Association Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the CMA, appointed former Arkansas governor and former Southern Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee on the board of its foundation; an entity dedicated to growing and supporting music education programs across the country.
Huckabee - Choice - Position - Love - Country
Huckabee was a great choice for the position because of his love for country music and his vital contributions to music education. According to the former governor’s own testimony music was a life changer for him.
Huckabee’s parents were poor, but sacrificed to give him an electric guitar when he was 11 years old. He explained, “The confidence I gained by playing [the guitar], being in front of people, and competing against myself … was transformative.”
Governor - Arkansas - Huckabee - Champion - Education
As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee was a champion of public education in his state. He fought to provide programs for music and arts for every student in grades 1-12. He promoted the donations of musical instruments that were professionally refurbished and provided to students whose parents couldn’t afford to rent or purchase an instrument, allowing them to be in the school band. His advocacy of public school music and arts programs is legendary.
So, his selection to be on the board of the CMA foundation was logical, sound, wise, and certainly gave the foundation a strong and visible advocate.
US - Nominee - CMA - Foundation - Board
However, the two-time U.S. presidential nominee remained on the CMA Foundation board for less than a day. He resigned with 24 hours of being selected to serve; and I don’t blame him one little bit. Why?
Jason Owen pitched a vinegar fit over Huckabee’s selection to the Foundation. Owen and his husband – both LGBT activists – have resurrected Monument Records as a part of Sandbox Entertainment in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment.
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