Don’t Dance, And Other Tidbits From Mike Huckabee’s 1970s College “RAPture Express” Column

“Welcome aboard the ‘RAP’ture Express!”

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In 1973, Mike Huckabee, a graduating senior of Hope High School on his way to Ouachita Baptist college, began writing a column called the “RAPture Express” for the Baptist Trumpet. The Trumpet was the weekly newspaper of the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas.

Huckabee's columns offer an interesting look into the possible Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas' early life.

“Mike is a talented young preacher, and is in wide demand as a speaker in schools, churches, etc,” says the notice on Huckabee's new column in the newsletter.

The columns touch on a variety of topics for youth, including dancing, dating, and smoking, as well as some more serious topics such as the Houston Mass Murders and the Arab oil embargo.

Here are the highlights from the columns:

In his first piece, Huckabee lays out his vision for the column: “The primary objective of “RAP”ture Express is to prayerfully and carefully discuss youth problems and issues openly and frankly in order to strengthen Christian youth…”

In his first piece, Huckabee lays out his vision for the column: "The primary objective of "RAP"ture Express is to prayerfully and carefully discuss youth problems and issues openly and frankly in order to strengthen Christian youth..."

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On dancing: “I strongly recommend that Christian teens stay away from dancing, mainly because some people would just not be able to respect a person who attended dances.”

On dancing: "I strongly recommend that Christian teens stay away from dancing, mainly because some people would just not be able to respect a person who attended dances."

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