Thursday, January 17, 2008

Will Huckabee’s Religiously Extremist Views be Recognized… by Others?

In last month’s CFI Community of Long Island's INQUIRER, we noted presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s association with the most extreme elements of the Christian Religious right.  As usual, the Mainstream Media (MSM) is behind the curve, when truly it is their DUTY to be at the forefront of presenting actual relevant news and information to the public.

Since that INQUIRER was published, a new Mike Huckabee quote has been making the rounds, and it’s not pretty.  Will the MSM notice?  Will they make this incredible extremism an issue or will they instead write another story regarding Barack Obama’s “Muslim upbringing” or Hillary Clinton’s “un-likeability”?

So what did Huckabee say?  According to CNN’s Political Ticker, in a Warren, Michigan campaign rally, he said “…the biggest momentum out of Michigan may not go to the winner, but to the story of an election eve comment from third-place Mike Huckabee, still resonating as the contest moves south.

"[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,” Huckabee told a Warren, Michigan audience Monday night, “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."  (Go to http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/01/16/ticker-morning-edition-wednesday-january-16-2008.)

Now Huckabee will make the excuse, even though it’s no excuse, that he was only referring to was gay marriage and abortion, as if this makes it all OK.

Briefly, the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits Congress from establishing religion, or in other words, from passing laws formulated for religious reasons only.  Huckabee recognizes this fact and therefore understands that the Constitution must be amended to allow religiously-based laws.  He did say, after all, “what we need to do, is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards…”  He did not even give lip service to the real basis of making law: the Common Good.

The fact is that changing the Constitution so that our laws conform to Mike Huckabee’s version of “God’s Law” to any degree is to change the very nature of what our country was meant to be all about.  To overtly make laws to conform to “God’s Laws” is the stuff of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Islamists, Christian Reconstructionists and theocrats of all stripes.  It is religious totalitarianism, period.  This is how it begins.

Will the Mainstream Media report that a presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee wants to make the US afundamentalist Christian nation?  Will they report that he is opposed to the principles of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Paine, Ben Franklin and the Constitution itself?

Here is CNN’s take on the subject in the original article in which this story appeared: “That comment may have been music to the ears of the state’s Christian conservatives, but despite the jump in evangelical turnout, Huckabee failed to attract the same level of support he received from this voting bloc in Iowa. Evangelicals showed up – but despite a huge push by pro-Huckabee organizers, they were just as likely to support Romney as they were the former Baptist minister.”

Mike Huckabee states he wants to change the Constitution so it conforms with “God’s standards,” and all CNN has to say is that Huckabee failed to attract the same level of support he found in Iowa; they state nothing about the extremist and theocratic nature of his comments.

We must give Dan Abrams and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC some credit; they reported on this story on their TV shows on January 17, 2008; it remains to be seen whether the story will grow further.

What will it take for the Mainstream Media to objectively report on religion in America?

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