DES MOINES, Iowa - Mike Huckabee, a Republican relying on support from religious conservatives in Thursday's hard-fought presidential caucuses, on Sunday stood by a decade-old comment in which he said, "I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ."
In a television interview, the ordained Southern Baptist minister and former Arkansas governor made no apologies for the 1998 comment made at a Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Salt Lake City.
"It was a speech made to a Christian gathering, and, and certainly that would be appropriate to be said to a gathering of Southern Baptists," Huckabee said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
He gave the speech the same year he endorsed the Baptist convention's statement of beliefs on marriage that "a wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ." Huckabee and his wife, Janet, signed a full-page ad in USA Today in support of the statement with 129 other evangelical leaders.
I think that this is the type of rhetoric that gives "evangelical leaders" a bad name as it has the same "subservient woman" theme that is found in the Islamic world. As for "taking the nation back for Christ"; ditto. While we are a nation that was founded on Christian principles, we are not, nor have we ever been a theocracy. This nation was founded specifically NOT to be a theocracy.
He claims that his speech was "appropriate" to a gathering of Southern Baptists, though at the time he was the Governor of Arkansas. He sounds like the punchline for every joke that we've ever heard about states like Arkansas.
Remove "Christ" and insert "Allah" and tell me this isn't the exact type of statements we hear coming from the mouths of the Islamofacists.
This guy should definitely not be president...in fact, he should never have been governor of Arkansas.