Anti-gay Christian conservative and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee denies he is homophobic, and denies he is a hater, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
In his keynote address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition earlier this week Huckabee blamed God for his opposition to marriage equality and his anti-gay rhetoric, and in so doing made the somewhat absurd claim that God wrote the Bible:
I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic. 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’s Biblical justification for his homophobia and hatred is hypocritical, typical of the anti-gay conservative Christian. If Huckabee and other hateful, anti-gay Christians were serious about being on the “right side of the Bible” they would be making laws addressing adultery, eating shellfish and wearing mixed fabrics. The fact that the only Old Testament law Huckabee wants to enforce is the one regarding gay people speaks volumes, and does little to honor his professed devotion to the Bible.
Huckabee’s bigotry is echoed by the Republican party at large. Think Progress reports that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus believes his party should take its cues on social issues from Huckabee. On LGBT issues, he has said that homosexuality poses a “dangerous public health risk,” that it’s a sin comparable to lying and stealing, that it will lead to polygamy and bigamy, and that gay men are more likely to sexually abuse children.
For the record, when you work to deny a class of people basic human rights, you are a hater. When you oppose marriage equality for the LGBT community, you are homophobic.