Wednesday, January 16, 2008

See, I Told You

Ever since he emerged from the back of the pack drawing little more than an asterisk in the national polls, I’ve been telling you that Mike Huckabee is a True Believer in the cause of Christian fundamentalism. But all the pundits have been saying, “Oh, but he’s so nice,” and he has a self-deprecating sense of humor and he plays rock music and his eyes don’t glare red when he talks about things like gay marriage and such. So when he comes up with something like this, it’s no big deal, right?

“[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.

Leaving aside all the obvious issues that this brings up, including, but not limited to such things as who gets to decide what “God’s standards” are (does that mean we all have to eat only kosher food, sell our daughters into slavery, and kill people who work on Sundays?) and which God they’re talking about — Yahweh, Jehovah, Vishnu, Allah, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Eric Clapton — does Mr. Huckabee not get the irony that he sounds a great deal like the folks who used to run Afghanistan? Put a beard on him, give him a burnoose, an AK-47, and sit him in a cave with a bunch of followers in the background and he could be making videos for Osama bin Laden, who spends most of his time talking about taking the world back to the Middle Ages.

This is his most overt outburst so far, and it is by far the most adamant about his inner desire to amend the Constitution to enshrine (pun intended) outright discrimination against a sizable community of Americans based solely on their sexual orientation and to write questionable science (life begins at conception) into the founding document of our country.

The pundits find this “interesting.” I think it’s scary, and I’ve been saying so for a long time.