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Mike Huckabee: Amend Constitution to Reflect God's Standards

In one of Mike Huckabee's final stump speeches to Michigan voters, he really showed off his true colors:

"I have opponents in this race who 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 amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family."

You listening, Michael Stipe?

Huckabee ended up third in the Michigan primary, with 16% of the vote, behind McCain with 30%, and Mitt Romney, the most recent GOP winner, with 39%.

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  1. Huckabee must be stopped at all costs. This man is an ignorant, dangerous religious nut who unfortunately represents a significant group of lunatics in this country who really are absolutely insane...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Jan 16, 2008 8:21:55 AM


  2. it is impossible for me to accept that a creationist preacher or an old, cold-warrior warmonger or a smarmy snake-oil salesman can beat any of the major democratic candidates. on that, i rest my hopes.

    Posted by: nic | Jan 16, 2008 8:24:34 AM


  3. JEEZ!! What a flippin' FREAK! And that goes for Michael Stipe, as well! Truly frightening what that man >HUCKHUCK< HUCKABEE stands for and anyone who is even remotely Gay and paying the kind of attention that Michael Stipe is giving him needs to have their head checked- literally in his case!

    Posted by: virgoboy | Jan 16, 2008 8:25:19 AM


  4. As a Canadian, I gotta say, if you lot elect another born-again religious freakshow Christer, why, we'll ... We'll build a wall on the border. Man. It's unfathomable that after 8 years of moronic incompetence that is the Bush administration, that anyone with even a passing similarity of views would stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 16, 2008 8:28:56 AM


  5. Huckabee's words don't sound like he loves the USA that much now, do they? Pissing on the Constitution like that. He has NO business being president or even being remotely considered for that post. Where is the main stream media reporting on this??? HE thinks it's up to him to change the core values and principles of the USA to match HIS religious views? The damn hack should get the fuck away and crawl back under the rock where he belongs!

    As for Michael's statement, I don't believe it was not an endorsement, but an observation that the guy (sadly) has a disarming way about him, which to me makes Huckabee even more dangerous.

    Posted by: CK | Jan 16, 2008 8:45:33 AM


  6. I would love to think that all this guy has to do is keep talking and common sense will prevail as people realize what a scary nut this guy is. But then again, Bush got elected twice and manages to stay in office. Obviously, a majority of the American public cannot be trusted to make an intelligent choice when it comes to a leader. It's truly frightening.

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 16, 2008 8:53:43 AM


  7. Shiny happy preachers killing fags...
    Shiny happy preachers killing fags...
    Shiny happy preachers laughing...

    *shudder*

    He's a fricking nightmare.

    Posted by: Darren | Jan 16, 2008 9:36:58 AM


  8. What's the fuss? We've known for a long time that one third of the Republican party wants this to happen. Now they have a candidate who is just more open about it.

    Posted by: Chester | Jan 16, 2008 9:46:38 AM


  9. Exactly Chester! And the way to prevent Huckafool from being elected is to let him keep talking "from his heart". The electorate must be shown that this is what this charlatan truly believes. His idiotic views must be made manifest so that they cannot be denied or ignored. Preach away, fool. You'll talk yourself out of the election.

    Posted by: rudy | Jan 16, 2008 9:56:07 AM


  10. Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave.

    Thomas Jefferson to the Danberry Baptists:

    Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. (reference: http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html)

    Mike Huckabee in Michigan:

    "I have opponents in this race who 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 amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family."


    I find Mike's thinking dangerous and offensive. If he has his way as an elected official and changes the Constitution based on his personal beliefs then we're back where we were four hundred years ago. Our ancestors in Europe had to endure a state-sanctioned religion, and those that wanted to practice differently were prosecuted. Some eventually fled to the New World to set up a system of government that was supposed to protect people from the very thing Mike is advocating.

    Where I think Mike is misaligned is believing that there are those who are trying to change "God's standards." First, there are those who simply don't believe in God and thus, neither do they believe in those standards. Second, of those who do believe in God one will not find consensus as to what those standards are and how they are interpreted. This is evident by the variety of Christian churches, each founded on a the translation of a specific doctrine.

    Our laws are made to reflect the changing "contemporary view" (as Mike puts it)- that's the point of having democracy. If laws didn't change based on contemporary views then it would be illegal for blacks and whites to marry or for women to vote. Instead of the fear-based, inflexible, and arrogant adherence to God's standards why doesn't Mike advocate making God's standards relevant to today's culture? Where is Mike advocating feeding the poor, helping the homeless, and truly blending his faith with relevant social issues (if he's so quick to tear down the wall between church and state).

    It's obvious that Mike wants to impose his style of morality on the country. I hope that voters are able to see through his veneer of conservatism and recognize the danger that this type of rhetoric contains. Bastardizing the constitution to reflect the personal religious beliefs of the president is the worst kind of sin our civil nation could endure.

    Posted by: Ron | Jan 16, 2008 9:57:44 AM


  11. Jesus Christ - this talk is just a spit away from the Salem witch hunts of 1692. How can society sit by and condone this vile rhetoric? Everyone needs to do everything to make sure this ass hole is not elected to anything, including garbage collector.

    My mind is still reeling from the hate this man carries in his soul!!

    Posted by: Philbert | Jan 16, 2008 10:08:47 AM


  12. Forget Michael Stipe. It's the, depending on which exit poll, one-fifth to one-fourth of self-identified gay voters who STILL voted for Bush in 2004 that we have to worry about. The ones who still think belonging to the Republican Country Club is more important than anything else.

    And whether the mainstream media will repeatedly shove this neo-nazi statement down his throat and thus in front of the public as they do every remotely controversial thing the Dem candidates say.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 16, 2008 10:21:05 AM


  13. The Mitt wants to amend the constitution and so McCain might if the Courts allow gay marriage.
    I think we should be pressuring the other GOP candidates to respond to Huckabee's comments. Are they any different?

    Posted by: Chester | Jan 16, 2008 10:24:46 AM


  14. Excellent comments, Ron.

    Posted by: GM | Jan 16, 2008 10:54:10 AM


  15. I'm assuming this address is mainly to shore up support in South Carolina, which may as well secede and turn into a religious state as it is. But regardless, wow. Until now, I had thought maybe if Huckabee somehow became the Republican nominee that would be a good thing because any Democrat, even a tabby cat running blue, could defeat him. Whereas McCain would be a formidable Republican—despite his sarcasm and age and war stance, he would attract Independents and probably a decent number of Hillary-haters and Obama-misinformation-believers. But I'm not in the mood to gamble and Huckabee being at the top of the Republican ticket would be horrible just for what it would say about people's priorities in this country. I hope the GOP succeeds in their efforts to bring him down hard, and I then hope that whoever wins will not put him in the VP slot to win the religious-zealot votes.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jan 16, 2008 10:58:42 AM


  16. Here here RON!!!

    EXCELLENT post!

    Posted by: ZEKE | Jan 16, 2008 12:21:40 PM


  17. I didn't think anyone could be worse than the idiot alcoholic coke-head we have now, but I might be wrong.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jan 16, 2008 12:47:16 PM


  18. TJ, I don't think tax cuts are the only reason. The gays who voted for Bush are almost all white males. At least, that's what it seems like here in California.

    They're the fear-driven "Brown Peril" crowd. They think Mexicans will take their jobs, Asians will steal their mortgages, and Arabs/Persians are going to murder them in their sleep. And the only one who can save them is George W. Bush and the Regressive Party.

    Racism will always trump sexual orientation.

    Posted by: John | Jan 16, 2008 12:51:46 PM


  19. I'm all for amending the Constitution!

    Let's amend it so that it becomes illegal for "Men of God" (and women, too, as a nod to the Equal Rights Amendment) to run for or be appointed to or figure into a succession list for ANY public office. Let's put some real meat on those "separation of Church and State" bones.

    And add my kudos to your list, Ron.

    Posted by: JT | Jan 16, 2008 2:01:44 PM


  20. When George W. Bush was appointed President by the U.S. Supreme Court, many of my friends said "I'm moving to Europe" or "I'm moving to Canada". I told them they were being stupid and shortsighted. I told them we had to stay in this country to fight for the environment, marriage equality, health insurance for all, a woman's right to decide her own health care decisions, etc... But if this moron Huckabee gets elected I will be on a plane to London or Berlin as soon as I can get out of the country.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 16, 2008 2:11:42 PM


  21. Better be fast about it, Peterparker---remember, Huckabee would also quarantine you if he had his way.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 16, 2008 2:33:15 PM


  22. NIC, never, ever underestimate the power of the wing-nut evangelicals in the electoral process in this country. Remember how our current war-criminal president got elected in 2000 (well, OK, he was appointed) and 2004? It is inconceivable but not beyond the bounds of possibility that someone like Huckabee or that dried-up, moonchild bigot, Ron Paul, could get elected. What is disgusting is how far down the slippery slope we have fallen since Bush II got into office in 2000. My advice: get involved, vote Democratic but keep your passport handy. You (we) may need it (although the Patriot Act does have provisions that the president can use to keep anyone from LEAVING the country in a declared national emergency).

    Posted by: mike | Jan 17, 2008 4:54:37 AM


  23. NIC, never, ever underestimate the power of the wing-nut evangelicals in the electoral process in this country. Remember how our current war-criminal president got elected in 2000 (well, OK, he was appointed) and 2004? It is inconceivable but not beyond the bounds of possibility that someone like Huckabee or that dried-up, moonchild bigot, Ron Paul, could get elected. What is disgusting is how far down the slippery slope we have fallen since Bush II got into office in 2000. My advice: get involved, vote Democratic but keep your passport handy. You (we) may need it (although the Patriot Act does have provisions that the president can use to keep anyone from LEAVING the country in a declared national emergency).

    Posted by: mike | Jan 17, 2008 4:56:30 AM


  24. this blog is the most insane anti-religion christ hating blog i have visted. So you want to continue to kill millions of unborn babies per year and anything else you want to do under the sun and just keep doing it? Well born again or not. He is the only candidate speaking the truth about life. Gay Marraige is something that i never want taught to my children. From a look at some of the comments, many of you have none. I am truly a huckabee fan and will be voting for him this year. As for the Dems, lets take a good look at them.And as for the Dems: you got Hell-ary that have sold her soul to the left party lobbyist in america, and you got chronic smoking Obama? which neither one has ANY experience in foreign policy. If it was not for Hell-ary having bill clinton last name, she would not even be known. Huckabee is the sure winner and will win big. I can not wait for romney to get out of the race. i bet he will go back to hiring illegals to work in his yard. check more out about him at www.massresistance.org he is the biggest flake since kellogs! Hit-lery will never win b/c she has no principles, morals, or experience. She is overated with a popular last name. Bill clinton's whoremongering days are over in the white house. I would vote for anybody other than the clintons..

    Posted by: sha | Jan 17, 2008 9:17:12 AM


  25. We must BAN all religion if there is any hope for this country. The religious wackos have essentially taken over control of every branch of govt, and the military too (I spent 20 yrs on active duty being preached to every day). Maybe we can encourage some suicide bomber to take out some of the GOP candidates? While he's at it take out some of the Dems too, just for fun.

    Posted by: WeTheSheeple | Jan 17, 2008 11:13:02 AM


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