Mike Huckabee told attendees at NOM’s March for Marriage that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have opposed same-sex marriage and equal rights for LGBT people just as he opposed Hitler’s Germany and the Holocaust. The Fox News host and ordained Baptist minister spoke at length, railing against the U.S. Supreme Court while attempting to conflate gay marriage with abortion.
Huckabee also suggested to the crowd of about 2000 people that somehow extending equal marriage rights to same-sex couples diminished the civil rights of different-sex couples, and claimed that all rights and laws come from God.
The former governor of Arkansas and Republican presidential candidate pulled out his iPhone and read from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” wrongly claiming it was written in 1954. Dr. King penned it in 1963 while incarcerated.
Huckabee read, “One may well ask, ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’ The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all.’”
“We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal.”
“I wish I had penned those words,” Huckabee exclaimed. “But they were penned by someone who understood freedom, and understood that there was a time to stand up against law when it has become unjust. Those are the words that were penned in 1954 by Martin Luther King Jr. in his letter from the Birmingham Jail.”
Gov. Huckabee did not explain how laws allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil matrimony are “unjust,” but at the end of his lengthy speech, he did seem to suggest people break laws allowing same-sex marriage – to act biblically.
Of course, Dr. King most likely would have supported same-sex marriages and the fight for equal civil rights for LGBT people. His wife, Coretta Scott King, repeatedly said so. She did so in 1996 at the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival, and in 1994, 1998, and 2000.
Hat tip and transcript via David Edwards at The Raw Story
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