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Mike Huckabee: Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Not ‘On The Right Side Of The Bible’

by David Badash on April 9, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics,Religion

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Labels Supreme Court ‘The Extreme Court’ Over Decision To Not Hear Anti-Gay Photographer Case

Mike Huckabee never misses an opportunity to draw attention or money and even though he said in 2011 that running for president was not in his heart, he’s ramping up another typical faux-GOP presidential campaign.

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Following the usual conservative formula — à la Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, et al — Huckabee is striking out in the culture wars, and that means denouncing same-sex marriage. Of course, the ordained Baptist minister put his own Arkansas spin on it.

“I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic,” Huckabee told the crowd yesterday as he delivered the keynote address to the GOP’s all-important Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

“I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives. But…when people say, ‘Why don’t you just kind of get on the right side of history?’ I said, ‘You’ve got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it’s not my book to change.’ Folks, that’s why I stand where I stand.”

Huckabee then went on to slam the Supreme Court as “the extreme court” for its decision to not hear a case involving an anti-gay photographer in which every court has decided against discrimination and in favor of a same-sex couple.

Setting up an apples vs. oranges analogy involving Muslims and the Islamic prophet Muhammad, Huckabee blasted “this government.”

LISTEN: Mike Huckabee Compares Christians To Muslims: They’re ‘Like Uncorked Animals’ (Audio)

“Why is it that Christians stand back and take it in the teeth time and time and time again? But we cannot change this country if we do not rise up and vote with an informed mind and a committed spirit and if we’re not willing to stand along.”

Video: CNN
Hat tip: Think Progress

Previously:

Mike Huckabee Threatens GOP: Support Marriage Equality And Evangelicals Will Form Third Party

Huckabee: Connecticut Massacre Happened Because We ‘Removed God From Our Schools’

Mike Huckabee Thinks Gay Marriage Is Like Incest, Polygamy, Drug Use

 

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{ 14 comments }

sammar61 April 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I'm not sure why comparing Muslims rights to Christians rights is considered an "apples to oranges analogy".
I cannot agree with everything Huckabee is saying here, but when he makes the comparison I think he has a very valid point. ( You have to watch the video to hear this, the article conveniently skips that )

Derek Williams April 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm

The only point he makes that I agree with is that policy should be consistent, or at least rational to a reasonable person. The complainant on either side of a discrimination suit has to demonstrate injury in some way. Not having a portrait painted of the long deceased prophet isn't in any sense the same as refusing to photograph a wedding of a very much alive couple.

sammar61 April 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Thank you, you just made a very good point yourself. And I'm sure that any good Muslim would be more than happy to photograph a same sex wedding just like any good Christian would, right.? Nope, not happening…equality for all is never going to happen the way we are going. Let's Please Finally respect Everyone, no matter their race, sex or religion.

sfbob April 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Perhaps he should try looking on the left side of the bible instead.

BearFlagCitizen April 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Actually, both have false comparisons.

Huckabee states regarding the photographer not providing business services, "an 'artistic' capacity". However, the photographer is being paid, with a business license issued by the state with anti-discrimination statutes. If, on the other hand, the photographer was not being paid and was simply doing an art piece, then yes, I would opine that he or she had a right to say, "No, I won't photograph that,"

Huckabee and other right-wing Christians want to impose their own personal beliefs into the lives of others. This is the difference. Allowing marriage equality does not infringe upon the rights of religious people to not believe in, or support same-sex marriage. They can hate on gays all they want. However, banning equality, based on their religious beliefs infringes upon the rights of other citizens.

Why am I, not being a Christian and in a country that has no official state religion, being forced to live *my* life by other people's religious beliefs? This is precisely what the FF's wanted to avoid when they drafted the Constitution.

charliemas April 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

If Mr. Huckabee's opposition to gay marriage is based on his faith – and he makes it clear that it is – then he should know better than to think that the laws of his faith should be extended to the nation. The laws of his faith do not, and should not, regulate the behavior of people who do not share his faith. The very idea is extraordinarily dangerous. The government is not here to enforce his religious laws – it is here to protect the rights of citizens and create public resources. The ban on gay marriage does neither of those and, therefore, should not be a government action. We do not live in a theocracy. What other religious laws would Mr. Huckabee like to codify into the secular law? Will he criminalize adultery? Will he outlaw divorce (I'm pretty sure it's on the wrong side of the Bible as well). Will he legalize polygamy? That's all over the Bible. No. It's pretty clear that Mr. Huckabee is happy to neglect the rest of the Bible and only focus on legislating his church's view on homosexual relationships.

Mr. Huckabee says that Christians are taking it in the teeth time and time again, but I don't see it. How do same-sex marriages harm Christians? They don't. They followers of Christianity, as the majority religion in this country, enjoy privileges they can't even count. He needs to settle down.

sfbob April 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

He SHOULD know better, but he doesn't. Either that or he actually does know better. But in order to appeal to his base he has to ignore the plain meaning of the Constitution.

Bose_in_SP_MN April 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

When you have to spend more energy arguing what you are not than what you are working for, you've already lost.

Huckabee doesn't get that, or more likely, just doesn't care. His fight offers nothing for the benefit of hetero couples or their kids while seeking to harm gay people and theirs, so he's left with no choice but to flail about feigning love for everybody.

BJLincoln April 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

He can say, do and worship anything he wants before and after equal marriage. His belief in the Bible is fine for him but is not the way the government works.

Derek Williams April 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I don't think he knows the Bible very well:

• No marriage will be sanctioned between people who have been divorced. (Matthew 5:32)
• No marriage shall be sanctioned between Christians & non-Christians. (2 John 1:9-11, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
• No marriage shall be sanctioned in which the wedding ceremony shall occur during the women's menstrual cycle (Leviticus 18:19, 20:18, & Ezekiel 18:5-6)
• No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races. (Deuteronomy 7:3, Numbers 25:6-8, 36:6-8, 1 Kings 11:2)
• No marriage shall be sanctioned involving a widow (unless it is to her brother-in-law). All women whose husbands have passwed away shall refrain from intimacy & pleasure for the remainder of their lives. (1 Timothy 5:5-15)
• No marriage shall be sanctioned for any man who has had sexual thoughts of any woman other than his intended (Matthew 5:28)
• A woman not a virgin on her wedding night must be executed. (Deuteronomy 22:13-21)
• If a married person has sex with someone else's husband or wife, both adulterers be stoned to death. (Deuteronomy 22:22)
• A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
• If a man dies childless, his widow is ordered to have intercourse with each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male heir. (Mark 12:18-2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFkeKKszXTw

Polygamy OK:
• Solomon … had 700 wives … and 300 concubines. (1 Kings 11:2-3)
• Rehoboam … took 18 wives, and 60 concubines. (2 Chronicles 11:21)
• But Abijah waxed mighty, and married 14 wives…. (2 Chronicles 13:21)

sfbob April 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm

He only knows the parts he agrees with. Those other parts don't count.

Meri70 April 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

That is the way they all are only what they agree with.

labman57 April 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

There exists in the world a group of religious extremists which routinely relies upon biased interpretations of cherry-picked passages taken from holy scriptures to rationalize their intolerance and persecution of anyone who does not share their narrow view of societal norms.

The group in question is, of course:
1) the Taliban
2) Israeli orthodox Jews
3) American Christian conservatives
4) all of the above

Religious extremism comes in many flavors, but they all share a common vision: "It's my way or the highway".

Cowardly hiding behind selected anecdotal passages of biblical scripture to support one's personal bigotry and hatred is as intellectually lazy as it is dishonest. If you truly believe that the Bible represents the word of God, then you should follow ALL of its pronouncements literally, even those that contradict other passages.

Better start stockpiling your stones–you'll have a whole lot of casting to do…

Derek Williams April 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm

This is true! Let's start with the following:

OLD TESTAMENT
DEUTERONOMY 7:3 No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races.
DEUTERONOMY 13:13-17 A town that allows the practice of more than one religion must be burned to the ground and its citizens slaughtered.
DEUTERONOMY 21:18-21 "If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother… then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones."
DEUTERONOMY 22:13-21 A woman not a virgin on her wedding night must be executed.
DEUTERONOMY 22:22 If a married person has sex with someone else's husband or wife, both adulterers be stoned to death.
DEUTERONOMY 22:28-29 A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist.
DEUTERONOMY
25:11-12 If a man gets into a fight with another man and his wife seeks to rescue her husband by grabbing the enemy's genitals, her hand shall be cut off and no pity shall be shown her.
EXODUS 4:11 "The LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?"
EZEKIEL 18:5-6 No marriage shall be sanctioned in which the wedding ceremony shall occur during the women's menstrual cycle.
KINGS 11:2 No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races.
LEVITICUS 11:6-8 Outlaws the playing of football (touching the skin of a dead pig).
LEVITICUS 11:9-12 Eating shellfish or pork strictly forbidden.
LEVITICUS 18:19 A married couple who have sexual intercourse during a woman's period shall both be executed.
LEVITICUS 19:19 May not wear polyester cotton shirts (wearing garments of mixed fabrics forbidden)
LEVITICUS 20:9 "Anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death."
LEVITICUS 20:18 No marriage shall be sanctioned in which the wedding ceremony shall occur during the women's menstrual cycle.
LEVITICUS 21:17-21 "Speak to Aaron, saying, 'No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God. | 'For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb, | or a
man who has a broken foot or broken hand, | or a unchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or crushed testicles. | 'No man among the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the LORD'S offerings by fire; since he has a defect, he shall not come near to offer the food of his God."
LEVITICUS 25:45 Says it's OK for a foreigner in your country to sell you their child, and equally OK for you to buy them and treat them as chattel.
LEVITICUS 26:14-30 "Then if you walk contrary to me …you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters."
NUMBERS 15:32,35 Anyone who picks up sticks on the Sabbath must be killed.
NUMBERS 25:6-8 No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races.
PROVERBS 19:2 "…and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth." (running and therefore all athletic sports are a sin)

NEW TESTAMENT
COLOSSIANS 3:22 "Slaves, obey your human masters in everything; don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord."
CORINTHIANS 6:14-17 No marriage shall be sanctioned between Christians & non-Christians.
CORINTHIANS 14:34 Women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says.
JOHN 1:9-11 No marriage shall be sanctioned between Christians & non-Christians.
MARK 10:1-12 Divorce is strictly forbidden in both Testaments, as is remarriage of anyone who has been divorced
MARK 12:18-27 If a man dies childless, his widow is ordered to have intercourse with each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male heir."
MATTHEW 5:28 No marriage shall be sanctioned for any man who has had sexual thoughts of any woman other than his intended.
MATTHEW 5:32 No marriage will be sanctioned between people who have been divorced.
TIMOTHY 2:12 "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence"
TIMOTHY 5:5-15 No marriage shall be sanctioned involving a widow (unless it is to her brother-in-law). All women whose husbands have passed away shall refrain from intimacy & pleasure for the remainder of their lives.

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