Mike Huckabee kicked off his presidential campaign with a fiery speech filled with biblical references, including, "We will deal with jihadis just as we would deal with deadly snakes."
The snake thing is an interesting metaphor, but the real snake in the grass might be Mike Huckabee. At least with jihadis, know what you get. They're not shy about letting their real goals be known.
Huckabee, on the other hand wants to lead a takeover of America by religious zealots who claim to be protecting America. Or, as they like to say, "taking America back." What they really mean is taking America back about 700 years.
In that same speech given this past May, Huckabee said "we are now threatening the foundation of religious liberty by criminalizing Christianity and demanding we abandon Biblical principles of natural marriage. My friends, the Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being and they cannot overturn the laws of nature or of nature's God."
That's a lot of powerful imagery. It's also a gigantic load of crap.
There is no war on Christianity. America is 70% Christian. Most justices on the Supreme Court are Conservative Christians. If there's a war, who is the enemy and how is anyone's religious liberty in jeopardy?
Since the Huckabees (that includes Huckabee and all like-minded folks) think their riligious liberty is in the cross hairs, let's talk about religious liberty and the 1st Amendment, from whence it cometh.
Spoiler alert: Your ability to impose your religious beliefs on anyone else does not count as religious liberty.
About religion, the 1st Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,..."
Seems pretty straightforward to me. Congress can't make any laws establishing a religion and they can't prevent you from practicing whatever it is you believe, within limits. You may have to modify your rituals if they include human sacrifice.
Congress also can not make any laws enforcing your religious beliefs or anyone else's, which is a good thing. Whatever your interpretation of your religion tells you to think about abortion, homosexuality or marriage, Congress does not have the right to legislate those beliefs.
If they did, this would not be America, it would be Saudi Arabia.
The 1st Amendment prevents the government from establishing a religion and it allows you to go about your life in the way that your religious beliefs dictate. As mentioned, there are some things it doesn't allow you to do.
Human sacrifice is one of those things that you can't do because no one's religion allows them to disregard civil law. Abusing the power of an elected office to proselytize your religion is another.
Which brings us to Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Ms. Davis has been compared to Martin Luther King, Jr, who fought to bring voting rights and racial equality to an oppressed people.
Davis is no Martin Luther King, Jr. She is more like Illinois' imprisoned ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, serving 14 years for abuse of his office.
Or Dylann Roof, whose intolerance led him to kill 9 black people in a church in South Carolina.
When Mike Huckabee held up Kim Davis' hand in victory, exactly what were they celebrating? Whatever it was, it had nothing to do with religious liberty.
It was probably poor judgement that led Huckabee and Ted Cruz to select Kim Davis as their test case. She's hardly the poster girl for the high-horse, holier-than-thou, self-anointed, morally superior Religious Right crowd.
From what I've read, Davis has been described as the town slut, something I would never hold against her. More power to her. I applaud anyone who looks like Kim Davis and can still find multiple sex partners.
Even more amazing is the fact that in between her four marriages she was able to squeeze in a little sumpin' sumpin' and spawn a couple of bastards.
Impressive for the face of moral purity.
What do you suppose Ms. Davis-or Mike Huckabee-would say if, the next time she went to the DMV to renew her drivers license, a Muslim clerk told her it was against his conscience to issue drivers licenses to women?
One of MSNBC's hosts recently referred to Mike Huckabee as the Taliban, causing one of the Fox News goofballs to bridle at the idea of anyone comparing Evangelicals to terrorists.
And yet, that's exactly what they are. They're religious terrorists. At the very least, they're theocrats, people who should be shunned in a democracy, not embraced.
When John F. Kennedy ran for president as the nation's second Catholic candidate (Al Smith tried and failed in 1928), he addressed a group of Protestant ministers in Houston and promised that he would not let the Pope or his own religious beliefs influence his decisions. He said he would govern on behalf of all Americans.
Wednesday's GOP debates were broadcast from the Mecca of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. All the candidates made a point of referencing their personal relationships with God, a little slice of baloney for the faithful.
None of them claimed, as did Sarah Palin that God told them to run.
The next debate will be on October 28 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. One big change might be the juxtaposition of Carly Fiorina and the Donald.
I'm not holding my breath, but wouldn't it be grand to get a little less of the Ronald Reagan and a lot more of the JFK?
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