Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Go Huck Yourself

Now it’s former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trying to sell the line that boilerplate legal language in the stimulus package is somehow “anti-religious.”

In an e-mail that was also posted on his blog ahead of the Senate’s passage, Huckabee wrote: “The dust is settling on the ‘bipartisan’ stimulus bill and one thing is clear: It is anti-religious.”

The former Republican presidential candidate pointed to a provision in both the House and Senate versions banning higher education funds in the bill from being used on a “school or department of divinity.”

“You would think the ACLU drafted this bill,” Huckabee said. “For all of the talk about bipartisanship, this Congress is blatantly liberal.”

Okay, let’s explain this really slowly — again — so you evangelical mental midgets get it: the provision he’s talking about has been part of every federal education spending bill since the Kennedy administration. It’s not new, it’s not anti-anything, and the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in and said it’s perfectly acceptable in 1971.

As I noted last week, “either this bit of black-letter law has escaped the attention of the diligent folks at Pat Robertson’s law school, or they are willfully pushing this line because they think the people that listen to them are too stupid to bother to check out the basics of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. My guess is that it’s an even split between the two.”