This article on the Washington Post’s On Faith website brought interesting questions to light about Mike Huckabee. Huckabee has been in the news recently because of Maurice Clemmons, the man who was shot and killed by police in relation to four officers deaths in Washington state. Clemmons was in prison in Arkansas back when Huckabee was governor and Huckabee commuted his sentence.
Huckabee, a former pastor turned politician, has suffered much criticism before for his criteria for commuting sentences while governor (he granted 1033 pardons and commutation while governor from 1996-2007). The former pastor was more likely to grant pardons for people who found religion, or where being recommended for them by pastors.
The interesting questions start coming. Should someones religion affect their policy decisions this much when in a public office? Can one be a merciful follower of Jesus and be in charge of a criminal justice system?
In this case, Huckabee was not the only one who failed. Clemmons was arrested and released on bail between 2000, when Huckabee commuted his sentence, and now. There are others the responsibility falls on, but the problem still exists? How can a government official, who is supposed to seek complete justice and protection of citizens, really show mercy for crimes? Is it even showing true mercy to release a prisoner or is that an easy-way-out mercy?
Where is the line?