Mike Huckabee Actually Said This…

Here’s the question posed by Paige Winfield Cunningham of Christianity Today to FOX News Channel host, failed presidential candidate, and super-Christian Mike Huckabee:

The last time former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ran for President, about one-third of evangelical voters said they were less likely to vote for a candidate who is Mormon. How much do you think evangelicals should consider candidates’ faith when deciding whether to vote for them?

And here’s how Huckabee began his response:

I don’t think they should, unless that person advances something truly bizarre…

Says the guy who believes abortion is never ok even in cases of rape or incest, the death penalty, Creationism, prayer, Heaven, and Jesus…

And he’s thinking about running for President?!

We sure as hell should question his beliefs. There’s no religious test for public office, but we deserve to have a president who has a solid basis in reality.

Huckabee clearly doesn’t.

  • WishinItWas

    Huckabee scares the sh*t out of me…like watching a scary movie, alone, at night, in a thunderstorm.

  • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com Custador

    I’d feel a lot more comfortable about nut-cases like this running for PotUS if that position didn’t give them access to nukes…

  • Will

    The first time Huckabee ran for president, he suggested that the United States Constitution should be amended to bring it more in line with Biblical law.

    So I concluded long ago that he had no solid basis in reality.

  • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

    @ WishinItWas

    …like watching a scary movie, alone, at night, in a thunderstorm.

    The calls are coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!
    …FROM MIKE HUCKABEE’S IPHONE!

  • http://knowledgeisnotveryfar.blogspot.com/ Jake

    “We sure as hell should question his beliefs. There’s no religious test for public office, but we deserve to have a president who has a solid basis in reality.”

    I have to wonder what is really implied when you say “basis in reality”. After all, you routinely claim religious believers have no such thing.

  • Claudia

    Huckabee is the most likeable crazy person I’ve ever seen. He has no chance of becoming president of course, but he might make it to VP. I can see Romney-Huckabee as a likely teaming up of the millionare and fundamentalist Republicans.

    On the other hand, if you had asked people in 2006 who the nominees would be I doubt a high percentage would have said McCain (remember Giuliani was a sure thing?) or Obama (because “everyone knew” Clinton would get it).

    Me, I don’t have a lot of automatic deal breakers, but creationism is one of them. Huckabee is a creationist. That tells me all I need to know about his respect (or lack thereof) for science and education.

  • mr.fibble

    whats odd and also stupid is people like huckabee come out and rant about how bad muslem law is and it should be removed etc yet in the next breath they say that they want MORE religion in our laws …. pot meet kettle me thinks

  • TychaBrahe

    I’m not sure that you can link the death penalty in with belief in Jesus. What about it is illogical? I get that some people do not agree that there are crimes so heinous that the perpetrator should be removed from the world. I’m not sure that you can debate that statement logically.

    There are logical reasons why I opposed the death penalty when I was in California. They had to do with the expense of keeping someone on death row interminably vs. the expense of LWOP in the general population. (When those who commit serious crimes ASK for the death penalty, because you get to be in your own cell, with more privileges, and you’re more likely to die of old age than be executed, you’re doing something wrong.)

    I don’t support the concept (if not the, pardon the pun, execution) of the death penalty for Biblical reasons. I support it because I think about things like the fact that Ted Bundy escaped from prison and went on to attack more women. William Bonin is never going to escape from prison and rape any more boys.

  • Claudia

    @TychaBrahe I think reasonable people can disagree on the death penalty. I used to be a full supporter but I’ve since cooled to the idea for reasons I won’t get into so as to not distract the thread. Atheists can discuss the pros and cons of the policy and come to different conclusions.

    However if you wish to justify your support for the death penalty with Jesus, you’re going to have to do some serious twisting and turning. I see it as very similar to trying to justify homophobia with Jesus. It’s practically impossible. However both homophobia and the death penalty find rich support in the Old Testament, especially executions.

  • http://timdreyer.com Tim

    Irony comes from the mouthes of evangelicals. It is sad (but common) how hard it is to evaluate your own religion when you’re still in it.

  • JD

    This is an aside, but I wonder who can win the Republican presidential nomination and be a credible contender.

    I don’t think Romney can win nomination, his Romneycare project makes him a bad person to try to discredit Obamacare, because both are a lot more similar than he’d like to admit. Conservatives have been pulled to the right too, being a Mormon wasn’t a problem until the early 80′s, now, not being the “right” religion hurts your chance for the republican ticket more than before. Nobody questioned George Romney’s religion during the campaigns, now it’s an up front issue.

    Huckabee might always be a runner-up, he’s only good for religiosity points, he’s zip on the economy and foreign policy. Gingrich’s hypocrisy on adultery won’t win favors from the moralists. Palin is too divisive, she has a strong base, but it looks like no one outside of her base would vote for her. Santorum has his Google problem. Ron Paul is probably the the best Republicans have to offer, but unfortunately has been an also-ran in their primaries. If the economic collapse happened a year earlier, maybe he could have had some traction to get nominated.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    Huckabee is just keeping his options open (VP) and being the “Good Republican” by not trash-talking one of the likely front-runners. A Romney-Huckabee ticket as Claudia said, would probably unit the physical and social conservative wings of the Republican party without the distractions of a Palin. Of course if Romney would not fill out his term for some reason and if Huckabee became president, you could bet on an activist pro-Christian/damn everybody else administration.

  • http://whatpalebluedot.blogspot.com/ WhatPaleBlueDot

    FUCKABEE.

  • Rich Wilson

    Creationism, prayer, Heaven, and Jesus

    Let’s not forget the < 10K year old earth.

  • Anonymous

    I’d feel a lot more comfortable about nut-cases like this running for PotUS if that position didn’t give them access to nukes…

    Mike Huckabee believes in End. Times. Prophecy.

    This is reason #1 why religion needs to be considered when analyzing a politician’s views.

  • Drew M.

    @WishinItWas

    Huckabee scares the sh*t out of me…like watching a scary movie, alone, at night, in a thunderstorm.

    It is much, much worse. You can turn on the lights, the thunderstorm does not last years, and you can always tell yourself the movie is not real.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  • http://www.correntewire.com chicago dyke

    jeebus said “i come with a sword” and that’s good enough for the fundies to slaughter people in prison. i had that explained to me once by an anti-choice, pro-death penalty wingnut. no, “irony” was not in her vocabulary, nor “logic.”

    i don’t favor the death penalty because i lived in IL when the republican gov ended it, after finding out that 50% of death row inmates were in fact innocent. anyone who thinks our justice system is so clean and uncorrupt that it never executes innocent people isn’t paying attention, or are bloodthirsty racists who get off on the idea of frying dark people.

  • Luftbahnfahrer

    Huckabee continues in the next couple of sentences of that interview:

    “Let’s say if a Catholic says, ‘I’m Catholic but I’m also pro-abortion and pro-same-sex marriage,’ I’d say whoa. It’s not that you’re a Catholic that’s disturbing, it’s disturbing that you would give your allegiance to a church and yet deny the very fundamental doctrines. ”

    Why the f*ck is it that being pro-life and anti-gay-marriage are “fundamental” tenents of your faith? Religious people make no sense.

  • Gail

    There are plenty of atheists who support the death penalty. Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones is an example of a fictional one, but the example she gives (in a second-season episode I think) are the executors of the Rwandan genocide. I don’t think she or any real-life atheist who supports it approaches it casually.

    Mike Huckabee’s religion comments don’t surprise me. He can’t see the irony because he is too busy assuming he is right and everyone of every other religion or no religion is wrong. He of course has the right to his religion, as long as he doesn’t use it as an excuse to violate others’ rights (and I’m not convinced he could stay away from this problem), but a little open-mindedness could go a long way.

  • randyman72

    My favorite Mike Huckabee quote was revealed to me in a Rolling Stone expose done on Huckabee in 2008. When he served as Arkansas governor, he opposed the teaching of evolution to the public school students of his state. He quipped, “I think that it is wrong to teach our students that they descended from primates.” The writer (I believe it was Matt Taibi) exlaimed,”Huckabee doesn’t seem to realize that humans ARE primates!”.
    This man’s grasp of basic science knows no beginning.

  • Drew M.

    @Chicago Dyke:

    I am against the death penalty because justice is not foolproof and because there is no righting the wrong of someone wrongly executed.

    That said, I was really hoping you were incorrect in some manner with the 50%.

    I did not bother checking to see what the percentage is, but the first article I found mentioned 20 wrongly accused on death row in Illinois.

    That is abhorrent and inexcusable.

  • http://www.coreymondello.com Corey Mondello

    From what I understand, Palin voted for Huckabee in the last election…odd isnt that: “Leaked Book: Sarah Palin Voted For Mike Huckabee In 2008 Primary”,.., “But Palin didn’t support John McCain. In the 2008 primaries, her heart was with down-home Mike Huckabee and his popcorn-popper squirrel cuisine. According to the book, Palin voted for Huckabee in the Alaska primary and later supported him to be the McCain ticket’s vice presidential nominee.”http://wonkette.com/438917/leaked-book-sarah-palin-voted-for-mike-huckabee-in-2008-primary

  • Kayla

    “Says the guy who believes abortion is never ok even in cases of rape or incest, the death penalty, Creationism, prayer, Heaven, and Jesus…”

    But haven’t all Presidents believed in prayer, Heaven and Jesus …?

  • Steve

    But haven’t all Presidents believed in prayer, Heaven and Jesus …?

    Thomas Jefferson didn’t. He considered Jesus a wise man at best. A mortal philosopher and preacher, but not the son of god.

    John Adams – while certainly believing in god and an afterlife – was a Unititarian and as such also rejected the divinity of Jesus

    In fact most of the early presidents’ religious views were heterodox. They combined elements of Christianity, deism and humanism into personal belief systems


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