Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Crusader Huckabee and God's Law

The past twenty-four hours have provided even further insight into just what a Huckabee presidency would look like. Last night in Warren, Michigan, Huckabee concluded his remarks to a cheering crowd by explaining the need to rewrite the Constitution to better reflect "Gods standards".

Then today, speaking to a crowd of about 300 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the good reverend, further honing his anti-immigrant credentials, called for a stop to all immigration of people from "countries that sponsor or harbor terrorists." The Huckster managed to tie together in that simple statement both the specter of terrorism and the rabid anti-immigrant rhetoric dominating the discourse in the Republican field.

While these two events would seem unrelated, they say much about Huckabee's world view, and what role he believes religion should play in public policy

[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it's a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards," Huckabee said, referring to the need for a constitutional human life amendment and an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Huckabee often refers to the need to amend the constitution on these grounds, but he has never so specifically called for the Constitution to be brought within "God's standards," which are themselves debated amongst religious scholars. As a closing statement he asked the room of nearly 500 supporters to "pray and then work hard, and in that order," to help him secure a victory in Tuesday's GOP primary.


Obviously, amending the Constitution so that it better aligns with Huckabee's version of "God's law" shows a total disregard for the very separations outlined in that document. But his call to essentially end immigration from a great many countries that just happen to be Islamic, says equally as much about his vision of America as a "Christian Nation." While not having to say the words, Huckabee, when referring to "nations that sponsor or harbor terrorists," sends a message that couldn't be clearer to his supporters…. "No more Muslims...they threaten the future of white, Christian America"

"There's a couple of things we're going to do differently…. "I say we ought to put a hiatus on people who come in here ... if they come from countries that sponsor and harbor terrorists."

"Let's say, until you get your act in order, and we get our act in order, we're not going to just let you keep coming and threaten the future and safety of America," he said.

"Every one of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 came here legally. Our government welcomed them in," Huckabee said.


As a pastor in his previous life, Huckabee is no stranger to the concept of "the crusade". Evangelicals have been throwing "crusades" since the early days of Billy Graham. But the Huckster seems to be taking the concept far too literally...more in line with it's original medieval origins. He's waging a campaign against not only "fanatical Islam" that he believes threatens his "Christian Nation", but homegrown heretics, and non-believers, unwilling to submit to his version of the "word of the living God."

This video speaks volumes about Huckabee's willingness to not just blur the lines between church and state ...but to make the state the vehicle to enforce the "laws of God":

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In the past, Huckabee has made no qualms about calling for a movement to "take this nation back for Christ.", and perhaps we need to keep this in mind as the witty and engaging candidate further charms his way into the mainstream of political discourse. He's on a crusade. Today he's advocating barring immigration from Islamic countries, tomorrow, if given the power, he would change our very Constitution to better reflect his vision of a Christian America. And if the American people ignore that fact, swayed by his folksy, "aw-shucks" kind of appeal, …they do so at their own peril.

Special Bonus:
I happened to stumbled upon this while searching for graphics …This has to be Huckabee's favorite cartoon from his childhood. Because he's obviously taken it to heart:

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(a hoard of varmints invades Texas and uses up vital resources, they are rounded up and scheduled for deportation, then Crusader Rabbit organizes and wins an election and all the troubles end. ...It must have left quite an impression on little Mikey)

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