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Hate Wins: Mike Huckabee Resigns from CMA Board After Country Music Manager Threatens CMA Over his Christian Views

The left loves to praise itself for being “loving and tolerant.” The reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

Leftists have outed themselves more and more as being the most hate-filled, intolerant, downright ugly people on God’s green earth. They protest against so-called “police violence” and “gun violence” with violence. They cry fascism while actively seeking, often using violent methods, to shut down free speech. They even claim to support life in their quest to put an end to our Second Amendment rights while simultaneously advocating for a “woman’s right” to kill the innocent life that she carries inside of her and forcing taxpayers to pay for that murder.

As an avid country music fan, I was sickened this morning to read the news that Mike Huckabee made the decision to resign from the CMA (Country Music Association) Foundation less than 24 hours after he was named to the board. It wasn’t simply his resignation that saddened me. The reason he resigned made me furious.

The CMA Foundation’s goal is giving kids more access to the arts with access to musical instruments and the ability to participate in music programs. Apparently, Nashville-based manager Jason Owen doesn’t think someone who holds biblically-based Christian views has no place being associated with the CMA. Owen, who represents artists such as Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Dan+Shay, and the estate of the legendary Hank Williams, threatened to disassociate himself and his artists with the CMA Foundation if Huckabee remained on the board.

In other words, Owen cares more about attacking Christians and God than he does about providing access to the arts for kids.

Here’s what Owen said in his threatening letter to the CMA which also bashed Christians and attacked our Second Amendment rights.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must let you know moving forward, Sandbox [his management firm] and Monument [Sandbox’s Sony-distributed label] will no longer support the CMA Foundation in any way (this includes everyone we represent collectively) considering the heartbreaking news shared today regarding Mike Huckabee appointee/elected to the CMA Foundation. Further, we find it hard to support the organization as a whole as a result.”

“As you may know I have a child and two on the way. This man has made it clear that my family is not welcome in his America. And the CMA has opened their arms to him, making him feel welcome and relevant. Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country. Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is. What a shameful choice.

“I will not participate in any organization that elevates people like this to positions that amplify their sick voices. This was a detrimentally poor choice by the CMA and its leaders. I only wish the best for you and I know how hard you work for the foundation but a grossly offensive decision like this only makes your job harder and diminishes the foundation’s purpose.”

Nevermind that Huckabee never said that a family like Owen’s, who I guess is in a homosexual marriage, is not welcome in “his” America. That is merely the bigotry of the left being put into play in their attack against those who believe in biblical, traditional marriage. Once again, we see a Christian being attacked for their beliefs.

Huckabee was a Baptist preacher before entering politics. Does Owen really believe he would support homosexuality which the Holy Bible specifically states is an abomination? Sadly, we have gotten to a place in our society when hate-filled homosexual agitators and their supporters want to dictate what Christianity means which attacks God in the process. For them, that’s a double win.

Granted, the CMA didn’t force Huckabee out. For the good of the children, you know, the very people the Left also claims to be “for,” Huckabee resigned. He didn’t go quietly, however. He called out Gaystapo haters like Owen for their intolerance in his letter of resignation that was published online by The Tennessean.

Here are some of the key parts of Huckabee’s resignation letter.

“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.”

“Music changed my life.  I grew up dirt poor in south Arkansas.  No male upstream from me in my entire family ever even graduated from high school.  I had no reason to believe that my life would consist of anything but scratching out a meager living and hoping to pay rent in a house I would never own just as generations before me had done.”

“Music changed that.  The gift of an electric guitar by my parents when I was 11 put in my hands a future.  It took them a year to pay for the $99 guitar they bought from the J. C. Penney catalog.  Granted, I was never good enough to make a full-time living at music, but the confidence I gained by playing, being in front of people, and competing against myself and the low expectations I grew up with was transformative.”

He continued to fully lay out his lifelong commitment to public education including all that he did while governor of Arkansas to make sure students had access to the arts in public schools which made him a perfect fit for the goals of the CMA Foundation.

“No need to recite my entire history, but I was especially baffled that I was accused of not being supportive of public education.  I am the PRODUCT of public education.  As Governor my own children were the first children of a Governor in 50 years to have their entire education grades 1-12 in the PUBLIC schools of Arkansas.  I fought to give teachers the largest pay raise in state history.  I successfully led the effort to allow teachers to retire with full benefits after 28 years of service after my two Democrat predecessors vetoed the same bill.  I personally shepherded through legislation that mandated both music AND arts programs for EVERY student in grades 1-12 and taught by fully certified teachers.  We were one of the only states to have ever done that.”

“I was Chairman for 2 years of the Education Commission of the States, comprised of all 50 Governors, education leaders in the Senate and House from all 50 state legislatures, and the state education chief for each of the 50 states. My chosen theme and agenda for those two years was music education for every child. I launched an initiative “Play it Again, Arkansas” that promoted donation of musical instruments that would be professionally refurbished and provided to students whose parents couldn’t afford the rent or purchase of an instrument allowing them to be in the school band. I traveled repeatedly to DC with the NAMM Foundation to advocate for music education and have worked with them for several years to urge states to mandate music and arts education. Now someone who has never met me threatens to wreck valuable programs of the CMA Foundation because of a personal contempt for my faith and politics. I am willing to get out of the way for the sake of the students the Foundation will hopefully help.”

Huckabee concluded by calling out intolerant haters like Owen, who he did not outright name, for their attack on him and those who hold conservative political views who are people of faith (though he perhaps should have stated Christian faith specifically.)

If the industry doesn’t want people of faith or who hold conservative and traditional political views to buy tickets and music, they should be forthcoming and say it. Surely neither the artists or the business people of the industry want that.

Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together. If the arts community becomes part of the polarization instead of bridging communities and people over the power of civil norms as reflected in the arts, then we as a civilization may not be long for this earth.

All of us have deep passions about our beliefs. I do about mine. But I hate no one. I wish upon NO ONE the loss of life or livelihood because that person sees things differently than me.

I hope that the music and entertainment 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.

We are in the middle of Lent, a religious observance by Christians that begins at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ leading up to day He rose from the dead which is celebrated on Easter. But, that doesn’t stop the intolerant, haters on the Left to attack Christianity. In fact, for the God-haters, it’s the perfect time as evidenced by Jason Owen.

Will this public scorning of Christianity and threat by Owen mark the beginning of the end of country music? After all, a large part of its fan base is conservative Christians.

Only time will tell but this tweet just about sums up the hypocrisy of the Left. A man calls out “hate” by expressing support for Jason Owen’s intolerance and hate. That’s today’s ‘progressive’ left. Their hate, bigotry and intolerance are praised by many while they decry biblical values as “hate.”


Shame on the CMA for not standing up to the bullying of Jason Owen. The war on Christianity continues and the CMA is condoning it by not standing up to the bully tactics of Owen.

About the Author

Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.
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