Mike Huckabee, I have a question. If religion is such an impetus for good in your view, then why do you use it as a motivation for such evil?
According to an article in PilotOnlinee.com, For Republican Representative Newt Gingrich and Former Republican President Candidate Mike Huckabee gave speeches at an event in Virginia that aimed at promoting Christian participation in the political process. Ultimately, their aim was more specific – to promote the participation of an immoral subculture of Christianity that likes to attribute their immoral dispositions to a God in order to give them the illusion of legitimacy.
(See: PilotOnline Huckabee, Gingrich urge political engagement in Va. Beach)
Let us start with this quote:
Gingrich and Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, argued the rights of Americans stem from God and to ignore that connection is perilous.
For the sake of this posting I am not going to argue this point. It is false. However, ultimately, it does not matter where one's rights comes from, it matters what those rights are. If I have a right to freedom of speech, it may come from God, it may exist as relationship between a malleable desire and other desires. However, regardless of its origins, if I have a right to freedom of speech, then I have a right to freedom of speech.
Gingrich . . . said the ties to religion in American government date to the Declaration of Independence, when Thomas Jefferson wrote that men are endowed by God with certain inalienable rights.
We could dispute this. Jefferson said a lot of things, not all of which were true. One of the things he wrote was that men are created equal (and he did not at all have in mind the idea of 'mankind') in a context where the word ‘men’ did not include male blacks. We have, over time, recognized that some of the things written were mistaken. Even Gingrich would have to argue that they were mistaken, or he would paint himself into a moral corner he could not get out of.
Like Mike Huckabee did.
Huckabee told the audience he was disturbed to hear President Barack Obama say during his speech in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday that one nation shouldn't be exalted over another. "The notion that we are just one of many among equals is nonsense," Huckabee said. The United States is a "blessed" nation, he said, calling American revolutionaries' defeat of the British empire "a miracle from God's hand."
This is an example of an immoral person assigning his immorality to God to give it an illusion of legitimacy.
Again, I have granted that people have certain rights. For the sake of argument I am not disputing the premise that those rights come from God as specified in the Declaration of Independence.
Did God give those rights only to Americans, or did he give them to 'all men' (meaning 'all human beings'). Jefferson wrote, 'All men are created equal.' Huckabee condemns the very idea of moral equality and instead professes a theory of moral classes, where those Christian Americans who support Huckabee are of a higher moral class than non-Americans.
Furthermore, Huckabee, rejecting the notions in the Declaration of Independence, holds that God himself is the author of these moral classes. God did not create all men equal. God created moral inequality, where Christian Americans who support Huckabee exist in a moral class above (and decidedly unequal to) that of the rest of the world.
In saying this, and in building his candidacy on this principle, Huckabee is practicing a time-honored tradition of promoting immorality and giving it an illusion of legitimacy by assigning it to God. To buy political favors, he tells his audience what effectively translates into a satement like, “You are God’s chosen people and God has given you the right to rule and the rest of the world the duty to obey.”
There are a lot of people who covet this type of message. It has been successful in the past. However, in doing so, Mike Huckabee is not be the first person to promote evil and assign that evil to God.