The ‘I’m Not a Bigot, I’m a Christian’ Argument

The ‘I’m Not a Bigot, I’m a Christian’ Argument January 27, 2015

Mike Huckabee continues his tour of the right wing fever swamps to promote his new book and inevitable campaign for the Republican nomination for president and the arguments and claims are just getting more and more absurd. On Jim Bakker’s show, he tried the “I’m not a bigot, I’m a Christian” argument.

Huckabee, who once called homosexuality “an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle” and demanded that the government quarantine people with HIV/AIDS, said he is offended that anyone thinks he is homophobic.

“The way that we’ve allowed words like tolerance, bigotry — what has happened to us, we allow ourselves to be called homophobic or bigoted, we’re not,” Huckabee told Bakker in the latest segment of their interview recent interview to be posted online. “We are just people who believe that there is a standard that was not ours, it was God’s, it was given to us and for us to change it we have to get his permission.”

About 10 months ago, the KKK began distributing fliers in Virginia and leaders made a virtually identical claim:

“We don’t hate people because of their race, I mean, we’re a Christian organization,” Frank Ancona, the group’s Imperial Wizard, told Virginia’s NBC 12 on Thursday.

But what does one have to do with the other? Being a Christian has no bearing at all on whether one is a bigot or not. One can be both a bigot and a Christian, and lots of them are both. They might as well have said, “We’re not bigots, we like hang gliding.” Bigotry that one thinks is ordered by God is still bigotry.

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