Remember when I told you that Mike Huckabee is one scary dude? Turns out, that story wasn’t complete.
Background: he’s been endorsed by James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, the right-wing Christian organization that advocates such things as prayer in schools and corporal punishment. They also have a rabid anti-gay agenda, as would be expected of such an organization, and have adopted the Love In Action platform in founding their Love Won Out conferences for “recovering homosexuals.” Wonder if Larry Craig’s a member? I digress.
Now, they’re moving on to another group that is “recovering” from its own evil: Muslims. An article this morning called, “Christian Right’s Emerging Deadly Worldview: Kill Muslims to Purify the Earth,” describes how three former Muslims, who have converted to Christianity, are being trotted out by groups such as Dobson’s Focus on the Family all over the country, including at such questionable venues as the United States Air Force Academy. I’ll leave the ethics of having a Focus on the Family event at a US military academy for another time. In the meantime, let’s focus on the message delivered at this event. This group doesn’t just preach a kumbaya message of Christian transformation. They preach a terror message which says that, “the only way to deal with one-fifth of the world’s population is by converting or eradicating all Muslims.”
This message is not far from the one preached by Mike Huckabee, “who says that ‘Islamofascism’ is ‘the greatest threat this country [has] ever faced.'” Wow, that’s some statement. This from a Governor, with zero, zippo, nada foreign policy experience. This from a guy who just admitted, on Meet the Press this Sunday, that he was against the Cuba embargo because his state of Arkansas wanted to sell rice to everyone. But once he was running for President and talked to Cubans in Florida and was told that the embargo was actually a good thing, he became for it. I’m not going to engage here in an argument over the Cuban embargo, I’m just saying that this guy has a very myopic view. In the case regarding Islam, it’s myopia viewed first through right-wing Christianity and second through the rabid patriotism that Goethe warned against saying, “Patriotism ruins history.” There’s nothing wrong with patriotism, per se. There is something wrong with blindly believing that your country is right and good all the time just because you were born there.
Why am I still blogging on Huckabee when there is no mathematical chance, at this point, that he will win the Republican nomination for president? Because I think he’s angling to get enough votes to force McCain to take him on as VP. McCain is older and his body has been ravaged. I wish him no harm or ill will, but there is, realistically, a better chance that he, more than his Democratic challengers, would face a situation where control of the country would be handed to his VP. He might have to turn this country over to Huckabee. Huckabee, who is part of a movement to convert or destroy all Muslims, including the 6 million or so who live in the US. This isn’t tiddlywinks, kids. If you think your vote doesn’t matter, think again.