Fundamentalist Baptist preacher-man turned sadly humorous presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says that the Obama administration is “stomping all over Christians”. Specifically he this to the American Family Association:
“This administration, they will bend over backwards to do everything possible to accommodate Muslims, but they don’t mind stomping all over Christians, and they do it regularly. This is just the most astonishing reversal of true American tradition that I’ve ever seen.”
Of course this is just silliness. But the guy is considering another run for Commander-in-Chief. So, it’s worth considering where he gets his inspiration.
You may recall that Mr. Huckabee is a huge fan of the supremely rational (not) late Jerry Falwell. So, let’s see what Falwell has to say about religion, government, and equal rights. After 9/11, he has this to say:
“Throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. The pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’ “
It seems to me that one of Mr. Huckabee’s greatest mentors just “stomped on” every single person in the entire country who does not agree with Fundamentalist Christianity.
But, of course, those were the words of Falwell, not Huckabee. Mike would, perhaps, not go quite that far. But how about this:
“If we’re determined to change the definition of marriage to accommodate how people feel and what they wish to do because of their mutual consent, then we should immediately release those incarcerated for practicing polygamy or bigamy. And, frankly, let’s make all consensual adult behaviors legal, whether prostitution, assisted suicide, or even drinking 16 ounce sodas in New York City.”
in equating the love of 2 human beings to “assisted suicide”, the ol’ Huckster has made a pretty damn good “stomp” on a hell of a lot of people, both gay and straight.
In that context, how dare Mr. Huckabee speak about stomping on anyone.
Our best response: Let’s go stomp on any possibility that Huckabee or any other anti-rational, closed-minded,, dogmatic, religionists, ever gets a realistic shot at the White House.
A man like this would, like Rick Santorum and others in the “everyone who doesn’t agree with me will burn in hell” camp, take his very best shot at destroying the American values of liberty, democracy, separation of church and state, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom or religion, and respect for diversity.
Let’s not let that happen!