Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, has some interesting views on the gay population in the United States. Aside from feeling homosexuals should not be allowed to adopt (in 2007), and that being gay is as much a sin as lust, he also signed legislation in 2006 to outlaw same-sex marriage.
What is more interesting is his latest position; namely that gays are out to completely destroy the church. And not just the church, but Christians as well.
“It [homosexuals] won’t stop until there are no more churches, until there are no more people who are spreading the Gospel,”
claims Huckabee. I’m not sure which Gospel he’s referring to, as none of the gospel accounts make any mention of homosexuality. Unless you include the Beloved Disciple; a title (“beloved”) that, in ancient Greek, was given to young men in the passive role in same-sex relationships.
Looking past the vague biblical passages, referring to homosexual acts that identified those of different cultures rather than those who identify as homosexual, Huckabee also seems to have no idea how many homosexuals identify with a faith.
A Pew research poll, while identifying 48% as having no religious preference, say that even 17% of those surveyed identified religion as “very important” in their life. Of the 51% that identified with a faith, the largest affiliation was with Christianity! And, despite what the 48% that are unaffiliated might suggest, only 17% identified as either atheist or agnostic.
Sorry to say, Mr. Huckabee, but your faith, and your churches, are safe from the gays.
1. Boswell, John, Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 1980, pgs. 28 & 251