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Huckabee withdraws from 'New Baptist Covenant'


JACKSONVILE, Fla. (BP) — Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate, former governor of Arkansas, and a Southern Baptist, has withdrawn from the New Baptist Covenant Celebration planned for next January in Atlanta in protest of former President Jimmy Carter’s labeling of the Bush administration’s foreign policy as “the worst in history.”

Huckabee, who announced his decision May 21, also said the roster of speakers “does seem to tilt left.”

The New Baptist Covenant Celebration is being organized by Carter and Mercer University President Bill Underwood under the umbrella of the North American Baptist Fellowship – a division of the Baptist World Alliance – to bring Baptists together to work on social concerns and improve what they regard as the judgmental image of Baptists, according to Associated Baptist Press.

Also involved in the Jan 30-Feb. 1 meeting will be former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore.

Huckabee’s involvement in the New Baptist Covenant Celebration was announced May 17.