[Mike] Huckabee was also astounded when the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled Family Research Council as a hate group, because they oppose same sex marriage. “So does 60 percent of America,” Huckabee said. “Does that mean that that 60 percent of America is a hate group?” [SOURCE]
This man wants to be your next president of this supposedly church/state-separated nation, a job that will most certainly come with a few U.S. Supreme Court picks:
“[Retention vote] wasn’t personal. It was just business. It was the business of protecting marriage the family. It was the business of believing that there really is a God to whom we are ultimately responsible and accountable, and that we are not merely answering to political governments set up by men, but we ultimately will answer to all things to a holy God who will ask whether or not we held not to a human standard but rather to an eternal standard that supersedes all the of the human standards that can be voted in or voted out. And when we stand by those things it is not personal, it’s business.”
Mike Huckabee spent the day in Iowa today in an effort to court evangelical voters in that state for a likely presidential run in 2012. He spoke to reporters about the ouster of three state Supreme Court judges in this month's election and claimed that it was the beginning of a larger national movement.
"The significance and historic nature of the judicial elections here in Iowa were far bigger than the borders of Iowa," he said. "It was a very important statement that voters made, a statement that resonated across the country and one that I think will give legs to a larger movement over the next few years."
Huckabee spoke to more than 1,000 evangelicals gathered at a massive church in Des Moines. The gathering marked the merger of a series of evangelical groups into a single organization known as The Family Leader, to be headed by veteran activist Bob Vander Plaats.
The merged group likely will play a crucial role in Iowa's Republican politics, as the campaign for the state's precinct caucuses begins to warm. And the former Baptist minister Huckabee is moving quickly to court the activists.
"This is a group of people with whom I am very comfortable and familiar," he said.
Does this mean he's comfortable enough to again bring up what he refers to as the "ick factor?"
It looks as if Huckabee will most likely battle it out with Sarah Palin over the GOP nomination in 2012. He said, "Am I keeping the option open? Yes. Am I open to considering it? Of course I am, I would be foolish not to in light of what I've been through."
Said Huckabee about Palin: "She's got a very strong and important voice and has brought a lot of energy to the grass roots" and that "she may run away with it, and that's something everybody has to be prepared for."
Meanwhile, Palin herself will embark upon Iowa which some are referring to as "more than just a book signing."
Over Labor Day Weekend in Sacramento, religious conservatives will celebrate Lou Engle's 10th Anniversary The Call prayer rally to bring attention to … something that rhymes with Stop Fate? My attention span is so zapped right now. To promote the event, folks like FRC's Tony Perkins have been asking supporters to attend. Now here comes Mike Huckabee, the man in denial about saying awful things about homosexuals, who's insisting that with "Judge Walker reversing the votes of millions of people concerning traditional marriage, this is a perfect time to gather for a solemn assembly to fast and pray and stand for the most critical issues of our day." So quick, everybody, "recommit to the lord wholeheartedly" and "cry out for mercy" so we can "turn this nation back to god as Jesus is our only hope." Also: Pray for rain!
Former Arkansas governor and former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently held forth on gay and lesbian parenting, and even took the time to once again disparage same-sex marriage, in an interview with a student journalist for The Perspective, the magazine for the College of New Jersey.
Children, Huackbee reminded everyone, are not puppies, and same-sex marriage is “not necessary.”
Huckabee was reiterating his support for an Arkansas law that prohibits same-sex couples from adopting children or becoming foster parents. He said: “I think this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change the basic fundamental definitions of family. Children are not puppies. This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?”
He also equated same-sex marriage to drug use, incest abnd polygamy, saying: “You don’t go ahead and accommodate every behavioral pattern that is against the ideal. That would be like saying, well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want who use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, so we should accommodate them.”
I can’t imagine anyone being surprised by this. I mean, it’s the same-old same-old from the anti-gay right-wingers who will do and say anything to maintain their credentials with their anti-gay base or rile that base up with the threat of the LGBT boogeyman to spur donations.
So while I am not surprised anymore, I continue to be outraged. As a gay parent, I can assure Mr. Huckabee and others like him that raising my children is not an experiment. My wife and I are certainly not perfect parents, but we do our best every day to make sure that our children are happy, healthy and well-cared for. Why? Not because our home is a science lab and we want to see what happens, but because we are their parents, and we love them. We want the best for them.
And I can guarantee Mr. Huckabee — and the others like him — that my marriage is no experiment either. It was as “necessary” as his marriage. My wife and I were married because we wanted to make that same commitment to each other that other couples choose to make — to love, honor, care for, support and enjoy each other, til death do us part.
I am not asking Huckabee to “accommodate” me and my marriage. I am telling him he needs to sit down, shut up and get out of my way. The only thing I require of the government is that it acknowledge my marriage and treat it equally with any other marriage.