Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has resigned from the board of the Country Music Association Foundation over criticism that his Christian views do no reflect the music industry, Fox News reports.
On Wednesday, Huckabee became a new member of the board that oversees the charitable branch of the CMA. On Thursday, he resigned after critics said he was too socially conservative and too Christian for country music.
One of his critics was homosexual country music publicist Jason Owen who objects to Huckabee’s traditional family values.
“Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country,” Owen wrote. “Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is.”
Huckabee said his departure would preempt an “unnecessary distraction” from the foundation’s work.
“If the industry doesn’t want people of faith or who hold conservative and traditional political views to buy tickets and music, they should be forthcoming and say it,” Huckabee wrote. “Surely neither the artists or the business people of the industry want that.”