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Polygamy, Incest, Drug Use, and Puppies

Jim Burroway

April 14th, 2010

Former Arkansas Gov. and possible GOP Presidential contender Mike Huckabee is really on a tear:

Mike Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, says the effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry is comparable to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use.

Huckabee also told college journalists last week that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt. “Children are not puppies,” he said.

…Huckabee told the interviewer that not every group’s interests deserve to be accommodated, if their lifestyle is outside of what he called “the ideal.”

“That would be like saying, well there’s there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?” he said, according to a transcript of the interview.

Huckabee obviously sees this as a winning path to the GOP nomination as the party lurches farther to the right. But of course, this is no cynical political position; Huckabee believes this to his very core. He has previously compared same-sex marriage to bestiality, and in 1992 advocating quarantining indefinitely everyone who was HIV-positive. During his 2008 run for the GOP nomination, he said that we should “amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards.”

With that kind of belief, it should come as no surprise that Huckabee’s ties to Christian Reconstructionists run quite deep with longtime associations with Bill Gothard and George Grant, who cowrote Huckabee’s 1998 book, Kids Who Kill: Confronting out Culture of Violence. In that book Huckabee and Grant blamed the Columbine and Jonesboro school shootings on a general breakdown in morality on all fronts:

Indeed, it is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations — from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia. As we refuse to stand for morality, we easily fall into serving immorality.

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paul j stein
April 14th, 2010 | LINK

Tax the CHURCHES! This one action will stop a lot of the bullshit activists. If someone believes in a cause they should support it WITHOUT a TAX DEDUCTION attached.

Charles
April 14th, 2010 | LINK

Yep. Homosexuality, pedophilia and necrophilia, no difference.

That guys knows his public: teabaggers. (btw, isn’t teabagging an AWFUL amoral behavior as well? :-p )

KZ
April 14th, 2010 | LINK

I hope his divisive, us-against-them message explodes in his face. It’s pathetic. The Republican party deserves better. The American people deserve better.

justsearching
April 14th, 2010 | LINK

I was at a Christian conference where Mrs. Huckabee gave a 30 minute talk. The crowd went the most crazy at the beginning when she introduced herself saying something similar to the following:

“I’m Mrs. Hucakabee… and I’ll let you know that my husband and I have guns and conceal-and-carry licenses.”

Homophobes who love guns… hmmm… not a good mix.

Donnchadh
April 14th, 2010 | LINK

Mr Huckabee is quite right on drugs. We should accommodate drug-takers. Their activities only harm themselves and drug prohibition is a disaster. Polygamy is more problematic, but it’s happening anyway and recognising it might help bring Mormon splinter churches into the mainstream and stop child marriage. Incest, however, is banned on grounds of public health.
So, nice try. Maybe next time he could bring up furries.

Audrey the Liberal
April 15th, 2010 | LINK

Huckabee represents everything I’m against. If he ever becomes a serious Presidential candidate, I will do everything in my power to make sure he doesn’t get elected to that position.

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