Sweet baby Jesus: Mike Huckabee says poor people convicted of nonviolent crimes should be sold into slavery, because the Bible.
The former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate endorsed “biblical” slavery over the modern prison system on Wednesday’s edition of “Mickelson in the Morning,” a leading conservative Iowa radio program.
Host Jan Mickelson began by bemoaning that the “criminal justice system has been taken over by progressives.” In order to fight back, he argued, conservatives should look to the biblical Book of Exodus. “It says, if a person steals, they have to pay it back two-fold, four-fold,” Mickelson explained. “If they don’t have anything, we’re supposed to take them down and sell them.”
Mickelson went on to argue why jails, which he claimed are a “pagan invention,” are inferior to slavery: “We indenture them and they have to spend their time not sitting on their stump in a jail cell, they’re supposed to be working off the debt.”
“Wouldn’t that be a better choice?” the host asked.
“Well, it really would be… Sometimes the best way to deal with a nonviolent criminal behavior is what you just suggested.”
That’s right, Huckabee says Biblical slavery is preferable to the contemporary criminal justice system. ThinkProgress notes:
Huckabee’s comments … appear to be the first time in modern history that a credible presidential candidate has joined the fringe call to reinstate slavery.
It is no secret that Huckabee is a Christian extremist. In the recent past Huckabee promised that if elected president he would fight the “secular theocracy” that is supposedly destroying Christian liberty in America; made the false claim that pastors would face civil and criminal penalties if they refused to perform same-sex marriage; and said if elected president he would ignore the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality because the Supreme Court is not the “Supreme Being.”
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