I’m ashamed to admit it wasn’t all that long ago that I actually considered Mike Huckabee an example of a “decent Republican.” To be fair, I didn’t know a great deal about the man when I believed such a thing, but I just never recall him being this bizarre. The few stories I had come across about him always seemed fairly sane and I never remember seeing anything from the man as absurd as I’ve seen here lately.
I’m not exactly sure if he’s always been this outlandish, or he’s simply behaving in these radical ways to pander to the ultra-religious wing of the Republican party in the hopes that their support might be enough to give him the GOP nomination in 2016.
Take for instance a recent rant he went on where he said that he’s ready to stand alone if he must and call down fire from Heaven to cast out “false prophets.”
“God wants us to stand in the gap,” Huckabee said. “And sometimes my heart’s broken because, in our own country, a lot of pastors will stand in the pulpit but they won’t stand in the gap. We wonder why our culture has turned godless. We wonder why people don’t grow up understanding the fundamentals of natural law, the moral basis of our Judeo-Christian founding as a nation. Might it be that the problem is not the history classes in our high schools but the pulpits of America who have not taken what they even believe and applied it to the pulpit and to the people?”
Here’s a fun fact: Huckabee is worth $5 million. I can’t help but wonder what Jesus Christ, and God for that matter, would think of someone having that much money – while millions of our most needy, many of whom are children, go to bed hungry every night. It just seems a bit hypocritical for a multimillionaire to have the gall to accuse others of being “false prophets.”
“I stand here on Mt. Carmel today,” he continued, “and I hope that, if called upon, I would be willing to stand all by myself and to call fire from Heaven and believe that God will answer even if there are hundreds and hundreds of false prophets on the other side. You may stand here someday and be called upon to call the fire from Heaven. I hope you’re ready to believe that God will answer that prayer.”
It’s as if he’s completely unaware that a good portion of the human race doesn’t subscribe to the Christian religion. Does he really believe that – after centuries of horrific atrocities having been committed by humans (and continuing to be carried out by them) such as slavery, genocide, rape and murder – marriage equality and equal rights for homosexuals are going to be the “tipping points” where God finally says, “Okay, that’s enough!”
Basically, according to people like Huckabee, marriage equality is worse than just about every terrible act that’s ever been, or continues to be, carried out by the human race. They seem to believe that, despite the fact that this nation once enslaved an entire race of people and drove another to the brink of extinction, it’s that darn gay marriage that’s going to bring about God’s wrath on this country.
It is stupidity on such an extreme level that it borders on pure insanity.
Watch his comments below via Right Wing Watch: