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04/19/2007


Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins Call Dan Cathy 'Coward' for Chick-fil-A Retreat on Anti-Gay Stance: VIDEO

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Mike Huckabee and Dan Cathy went after Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy on FOX News program Huckabee over the weekend, reacting to the Chick-fil-A CEO's recent statements that he wants to put the company's anti-gay controversy behind him (even though his personal views haven't changed).

CathySaid Perkins:

"I think we're seeing those in the business community becoming cowards."

Asked Huckabee:

"Why is it that businesses would capitulate to the pressure and demands to just shut up and go away and not say anything when nobody is asking the Left to do that?"

Added Perkins:

"Tolerance is a one-way street for these individuals. What they want to do is force the rest of America not to just to tolerate but to celebrate what they're doing. They want to redefine America...They're doing it in large part because many, even conservative business owners who are fearful of these attacks, are going silent. They're going dark on these issues. They're capitulating. And that's just allowing this group to roll over our freedoms and liberties...What they're wanting to do is silence the vast majority of Americans who disagree with them."

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Mike Huckabee Goes After Obama's 'Christian Convictions', Views on Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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As we reported earlier this week, Mike Huckabee is already back in Iowa banging his drum about marriage, and yesterday he brought his campaign to Laura Ingraham.

The hilarious part: Huckabee still seems to think he's running against Obama, and also still thinks marriage is going to be an issue.

Said Huckabee to Ingraham:

"The position that I hold is the position that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden held in 2008. Barack Obama held it until 2012. And the question now that I'd love to pose to the President is this, 'Mr. President, please explain that when you said in 2008 at the Saddleback Church Forum that you stood for traditional marriage and you did so because you were a Christian and because it's what the Bible taught, please answer. Were you lying then, or are you lying now? Or did the Bible get rewritten. I'm just wanting somebody in the press to answer that honest question....He said it was because of his Christian convictions. Does he have them or does he not?"

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Mike Huckabee Tells Iowa Crowd: 'I'm Not Homophobic', Just on 'the Right Side of the Bible' - VIDEO

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Mike Huckabee spoke to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition yesterday and blasted the "Extreme Court" for letting stand the decision by a lower court against a New Mexico photographer who refused to shoot the commitment ceremony for a gay couple.

Said Huckabee:

"Why is it that Christians stand back and take it in the teeth time and time and time again? But we cannot change this country if we do not rise up and vote with an informed mind and a committed spirit and if we're not willing to stand along."

Added Huckabee:

"I'm not against anybody. I'm really not. I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic. I honestly don't care what people do personally in their individual lives...But … when people say, 'Why don't you just kind of get on the right side of history?' I said, 'You've got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it's not my book to change.' Folks, that's why I stand where I stand."

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This Year's Anti-LGBT Speakers At The Values Voter Summit Are...

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I suppose it would be glib, however accurate, to say, "All of them," but Media Matters highlights some of the more notorious homophobes, many of whom we have covered before.

Speakers at this year's conference include:

Ben_carsonBen Carson - a "conservative hero" who compared gay marriage to NAMBLA and was subsequently forced to step down as a commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins University, despite his backpedaling attempts to apologize.

Jerome Corsi - a Tea Party wingnut and World Net Daily writer who claimed that Obama was "gay married" to his Harvard Pakistani roommate, and issued the usual slew of nonsense about gay marriage leading to polygamy, pedophilia, etc. Rachel Maddow had fun picking his conspiracy theories to pieces.

Mike Huckabee - Governor Huckabee has never been a friend of the gays, but in recent news he slammed the Supreme Court for striking down DOMA, used his Fox News show to lie about transfolk, and is trying to start up an anti-gay alternative to the Boy Scouts called Trail Life USA.

Todd Starnes - the Fox News commentator doesn't seem to like anyone, but especially not Obama and tried to twist the President's support for gay Olympic athletes to him imposing a litmus test and why can't he just support all of our athletes like a real American?

Cal Thomas - a Fox News pundit who snidely commented that Rachel Maddow is herself an argument in favor of contraception, but actually had the sense to realize years ago that the fight against gay marriage was a losing one. He still thinks it's an indicator of the ruin of civilzation, though.

Allen West - the vile former Florida Congressman claimed that anti-gay workplace discrimination doesn't exist, defended calling homosexuality a chosen behavior, and fired an intern for being pro-gay. Naturally, he is now a Fox News contributor.

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Mike Huckabee Uses His Fox Show To Spout False Information About Trans People And Gender Identity - VIDEO

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Failed Republican presidential candidate and current Fox News pundit Mike Huckabee recently joined the growing chorus of conservative talking heads that disapprove of California's new legal protections for trans public school students. On last night's episode of Huckabee, the show's eponymous host briefly mentioned the fact that advocates pushed this legislation through in order to better addressed the bullying and harassment faced by trans students. Rather than seize the opportunity to discuss the issue in depth, however, he instead chose to engage in a bit of ignorant banter with guest Karen England of the Capitol Resource Institute. Both took turns spouting many of the same inane counter-arguments already expressed by previous opponents of the new law. 

"I'm having a hard time, thinking back to my school days, that a biological boy going into the girls' restroom would be less subject to being ridiculed and bullied than not," said Huckabee, trying his best to seem sympathetic to the plight of trans students. That was a sufficient set up for England, who claimed that:

"Current law is sufficient. This is very extreme, very radical, that they are going to let boys wake up one day, decide that they're girls, and let them have access to our restrooms and our locker rooms in all of our public schools in California. This is for kindergarteners as well as high schoolers."

Slam Dunk for EqualityHuckabee jumped in immediately afterward, saying that the new law establishes no standard for how a student can establish their gender identity:

"If the child...a boy...walks in and says 'you know what, I really am feeling my girl's side, he gets to go shower with the girls when he's 14. I mean, I'm just thinking of all the 14-year-old boys I went to school with, and how many of them would have awakened with that revelation." 

Of course, Huckabee is no expert in gender identity issues, and according to Equality Matters, neither is England:

"Her career has been devoted to right-wing politics. If she were familiar with the findings of the American Academy of Pediatrics - which reports that gender identity is generally established by about age four - she may not have been so shocked that the new law 'is for kindergarteners as well as high schoolers.' Moreover, England would also have recognized that boys won't simply "wake up one day [and] decide that they're girls." Not only do scientific findings rebut such claims, they also have no empirical basis. School districts that have enacted similar protections have reported no instances of inappropriate bathroom behavior."

Thus, the familiar "bathroom panic" defense commonly used by a variety of anti-trans activists appears to be nothing more than a red herring. 

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Cumulus Media Dropping Sean Hannity And Rush Limbaugh

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Cumulus Media, the nation's second-largest owner and operator of AM and FM radio stations, will not be renewing the contracts of hyper-conservative pundits Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. According to Politico, the decision comes after a breakdown of negotiations between Cumulus and Clear Channel "over the cost of the distribution rights," and supposedly has nothing to do with any comment made by either of the hosts. While this is not the first time that Cumulus and Clear Channel have had disagreements, Politico'c source, who was apparently close to the negotiations and who declined to be identified, told the news publication that "Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names...Clear Channel was unlikely to reduce the cost for distribution rights to a level that would satisfy Cumulus." As of this morning, neither company has issued a comment.

Sean hannityAccording to industry insiders, however, Cumulus has already started reaching out to other conservative personalities to potentially fill these upcoming vacancies. Others predict that Cumulus will likely use one of their existing talents to fill such slots, such as Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, or Michael Savage, Meanwhile, Hannity and Limbaugh will likely migrate over to Premiere. It is not yet clear if either host will suffer from decreased syndication as a result. 

Limbaugh and Cumulus were already at odds earlier this year, when Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey blamed Limbaugh's tasteless comments about Sandra Fluke for their "$2.4 million first-quarter decline in revenue related to talk programming." Neither host has issued any sort of comment about their negotiations with Cumulus since then. 


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