CMA elects rabid Republican to board – and then changes its mind

An interesting tale over the last couple of days almost made for the 24-hour news cycle. On Tuesday, the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association announced the election of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to its board of directors. Huckabee, a Republican who believes in creationism and sometime host on the Christian channel Trinity Broadcast Network, was to serve on the 12-member board of the group, whose stated mission is in “improving and sustaining music education programs” across the country and ensuring “every child has the opportunity to participate in music education.” 

Move forward a day and Monument Records label exec, the openly gay Jason Owen who manages the likes of Kacey Musgraves and Faith Hill wrote a letter to the CMA Foundation board which read: “It is with a heavy heart that I must let you know moving forward, Sandbox and Monument 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. 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 … This was a detrimentally poor choice by the CMA and its leaders.”

Then finally yesterday the CMA changed their mind and told RS Country “The CMA Foundation has accepted former Governor Mike Huckabee’s resignation from its Board of Directors, effective immediately.” So a happy ending all round.  Mind you his daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders is White House press secretary to Donald Trump so prepare for the inevitable wade in via Twitter.

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years, although if you go to his Twitter feed it's just one long list of all the things he loves about Jeremy Corbyn, which is irritating. Also likes astronauts.

13 thoughts on “CMA elects rabid Republican to board – and then changes its mind”

  1. A petty, childish act from Jason Owen and cowardice from the CMA, bowing down to what amounts to extortion (or, “If you let him play, I’m taking my ball and going home”).


    What Huckabee’s beliefs are about things unrelated to music are irrelevant. I had to laugh when I read, “…who believes in creationism…” So what? Creation, evolution, they’re all based on faith: what difference does it make? They might as well have said, “…whose bin collection is Tuesday…”


    1. Not even going to get into a discussion on creatonism (!!) Martyn. I completely get what Jason Owen is saying too and the real damage someone like Huckabee’s views can do to gay kids growing up whether they want to be country musicians or not. It wasn’t just Owen – there was a massive backlash against it from various sources (Billboard has more).

      1. I don’t want to get into a discussion about it, either – the important point is, it’s irrelevant. It just seems like you can’t say anything about sexuality, but someone’s faith is fair game, even if it has no relevance to the job someone is doing. If the shoe were on the other foot, there would be outrage that he has been forced to resign!

        1. Not sure where you’re going with this Martyn. What is it that you can’t say about sexuality that you should be allowed to?

          1. All I’m trying to say is that Mike Huckabee is entitled to views based on his faith. This is a knee-jerk overreaction from militant people like Owen, who can’t accept people having a different point of view to theirs. It’s never good to be militant, whatever your views are.

            Can’t they all just get along? The job was about music, for goodness’s sake!

          2. Actually, thinking about it, Mike has done the right thing by resigning. If there are going to be people like Owen hounding and harassing him in his post because they don’t want him there, then that would just cause too many problems for it to be for the common good.

            He has taken the peaceful, wise option of stepping down because he’s a good man.

    2. Evolution isn’t based on faith, Martyn – it’s based on the scientific method. Big, big difference between the two. And the idea that you can box off music from belief in superstition is frankly nonsensical. Music is political – as is just about everything else.

      1. You see, that’s just rude and actually not true. This is why I have had to step away from this site – because of the disrespectful attitude towards Christian belief. So much for tolerance of all!

        Now, I think you need to check your facts.

        Firstly, Christians are the one group of people who AREN’T superstitious. We don’t do horoscopes, fortune tellers or “luck”, because everything is ordained by God.

        Secondly, evolution cannot be tested by scientific method. It cannot be repeated by experimentation or observed and is still an unproven theory. Mutation is not the same as evolution.

        In fact, it is not possible for either of the opposing sides (Christians or atheists) in the origin debate to prove their case with science. The best either side can do is to interpret the data according to already held bias and that’s what they do. There is no such thing as an objective scientist when it comes to origins. To argue otherwise is unjustified.

        Writing off Christian belief as “superstition” just because you don’t believe the same things isn’t really what debate is about. I am disappointed your post was approved.

        Let’s just accept we believe different things and move on.

        1. Absolutely not having that Martyn. There’s such a thing as the fossil record for a start, whereas you’re wholly reliant on faith – you know – that thing that absolutely can’t be tested. That’s why drawing some equivalence between Christianity and evolution is insulting. You can disparage fortune tellers and horoscopes all you like, but this is no more junk to me than your belief in God. Frankly, I’ve no less reason to believe there are fairies at the bottom of your garden than accepting your belief in a higher being. Respect the believer, but not the belief as Tim Garton Ash said. Maybe you are better out of AUK if you’re as thin skinned as you come across.

          1. I am better off out of it, as it appears that none of you are mature enough to enter a discussion without throwing around insults.

            The “fossil record” is also open to interpretation from both sides – you clearly need to read more into this. What you don’t realise is what you are demonstrating: an unfailing belief in evolution, without bringing any proof. The things you have said are incorrect. Evolution and Creationism are two belief systems, two different ways of interpreting the same data, according to opposing biases. I feel I must repeat myself here: there is no such thing as an objective scientist.

            Go here, win yourself some money, then come back with the proof:

            What you also don’t realise is that Christianity is not just a choice of beliefs, it is a supernatural, Spiritual change in a person – that’s what makes us different and you cannot deny the very real experience of a true Christian.

            I joined this site because I was assured that “all beliefs are welcome”, which is obviously not true, because of your unreasonable hatred towards something you don’t understand. That’s not liberalism, that’s prejudice. It’s exactly the same thought process which led to what England First have been convicted of.

            I have appealed several times here for us all to accept that we have differing beliefs and move on, but your hate seems to stop you from doing so. I will pray for you.

            I’m not going to bother reading or replying to this thread any more, because it is pointless.

  2. Ffs it’s not militant to defend your rights as a gay man Martyn, I got past that bullshit in the 80s when I was coming out and thankfully we have moved on as a country. If the AMA-UK appointed anyone with Huckabee’s repulsive views to their board then I’d do exactly the same with Americana UK and pull our support. Faith is no justification for prejudice. He’s compared gay marriage to incest, opposes socialised healthcare, is anti-immigrant and supports the NRA. If that makes him a “good man” then I’m not sure which bible you’re reading buddy.

  3. Speaking as a fossil myself i can attest to the theory of evolution and confirm it is indeed fact.

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