Mike Huckabee has a dire warning for Christians: When you vote on Nov. 6, hell's fire awaits, and a vote for President Barack Obama will not stand up to the flames.
In a new ad, the former Arkansas governor and ordained Southern Baptist minister warns Christians that their votes "will affect the future and be recorded in eternity" and they must cast a ballot that will "stand the test of fire." The video, entitled "Test of Fire," features symbolic fiery imagery and is narrated by Huckabee:
Christians across the nation will have an opportunity to shape the future for our generation and generations to come. Many issues are at stake, but some issues are not negotiable: The right to life from conception to natural death. Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined. It is an egregious violation of our cherished principle of religious liberty for the government to force the church to buy the kind of insurance that leads to the taking of innocent human life.
Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? This is Mike Huckabee asking you to join me November the 6th and vote based on values that will stand the test of fire.
The "Test of Fire" ad is connected to Value Voters USA, an organization of Christian and nondenominational citizens who believe it's important to vote based on life, family and faith this November, according to Politico.
Huckabee does not mention Mitt Romney by name in the ad, but he has publicly endorsed the Republican candidate. His conservative views on marriage, abortion and contraception mandates did not sit well with some.
"Mike Huckabee has a new ad out chastising Christians to set aside their concerns about jobs, the economy and taxes to focus on what really matters: the government's power to interfere with the private lives of strangers," quips Slate's Amanda Marcotte.
"In other words, anybody who doesn't vote against the healthcare of women and family security of same-sex couples is going to Hell," writes Think Progress reporter Zack Ford, while the Daily Kos boils it down to Huckabee's war on sex.
Huckabee has been an avid opponent of same-sex marriage and joined ranks with Chick-fil-A after the company's chief executive Dan Cathy publicly supported the "biblical definition" of a family unit. In 2008, Huckabee pushed to "amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."