Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s up to his old tricks.
The Republican popped into NBC’s Meet The Press yesterday and reiterated his distasteful homophobia. The conversation began when host Tim Russert asked the former Arkansas governor about his comparison of homosexuality and necrophilia. Here’s the transcript:
MR. RUSSERT: Why would you link homosexuality with sadomasochism, pedophilia and necrophilia?
GOV. HUCKABEE: Well, what I was pointing out is all of these are deviations from what has been the traditional concept of sexual behavior and men and women having children, raising those children in the context of a, of a traditional marriage and family. And, again, taken out of the larger context of that book, speaking about how so many of our social institutions have been broken down.
MR. RUSSERT: But do you think homosexuality is equivalent to pedophilia…
GOV. HUCKABEE: Oh, of course not.
MR. RUSSERT: …or sadomasochism?
GOV. HUCKABEE: No, of course not. I didn’t say…
MR. RUSSERT: But this is what concerns people. This, this is what you did say about homosexuality: “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle.” That’s millions of Americans.
GOV. HUCKABEE: Tim, understand, when a Christian speaks of sin, a Christian says all of us are sinners. I’m a sinner, everybody’s a sinner. What one’s sin is, means it’s missing the mark. It’s missing the bull’s eye, the perfect point. I miss it every day; we all do. The perfection of God is seen in a marriage in which one man, one woman live together as a couple committed to each other as life partners. Now, even married couples don’t do that perfectly, so sin is not some act of equating people with being murderers or rapists…
MR. RUSSERT: But when you say aberrant or unnatural, do you believe you’re born gay or you choose to be gay?
GOV. HUCKABEE: I don’t know whether people are born that way. People who are gay say that they’re born that way. But one thing I know, that the behavior one practices is a choice. We may have certain tendencies, but how we behave and how we carry out our behavior–but the important issue that I want to address, because I think when you bring up the faith question, Tim, I’ve been asked more about my faith than any person running for president. I’m OK with that. I hope I’ve answered these questions very candidly and very honestly. I think it’s important for us to talk about it. But the most important thing is to find out, does our faith influence our public policy and how? I’ve never tried to rewrite science textbooks. I’ve never tried to come out with some way of imposing a doctrinaire Christian perspective in a way that is really against the Constitution. I’ve never done that.
So, even if we are born gay, Huckabee thinks we need more stem our “behavior”. Such a stance probably won’t fly in New Hampshire, where civil unions become legal tomorrow.
The problem with Huckabee is that he continues to gain a lot of momentum in the Republican party, a significant majority of whom actually agree with his twisted views on homosexuality (and which really aren’t that different than every other Republican candidate, even — most preposterously — Giuliani’s “love the sinner, hate the sin” bs). Sadly, these are also the voters who will determine the results in Iowa and New Hampshire, and then there’s no telling what could happen. What’s most frustrating to me is not learning that Huckabee and Co. are bigots, but that this is very much glossed over by the mainstream “liberal” media such as the New York Times and NPR. I’m not sure what the answer is; the only good thing is that — unlike elections past — what’s clear in 2008 is that there is a real choice between the Dem and Repubs, whoever runs; my fear is that we will once again end up with the short end of the stick and end up with a slick demagogue like Huckabee as our next president. Yikes.
If it’s a Huckabee-Hillary race, get prepared to say this absurdity: President Huckabee.
One’s motive for living gay isn’t an issue and a dull topic. Just because Huckabee chooses to consider homosexuality a sin doesn’t make him right.
It’s time to marginalize the religious whackjobs for the freakz they are.
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