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“Mike Huckabee Pushes For An American Theocracy”: An Ayatollah Wannabe With A Barbaric Concept

Mike Huckabee sounds like quite the Ayatollah wannabe:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said during an appearance Thursday on a Christian television show that he’s thinking about running for President to help the nation know where laws come from: God.

“We cannot survive as a republic if we do not become, once again, a God-centered nation that understands that our laws do not come from man, they come from God,” he said on the show “Life Today.”

When Huckabee added that he wasn’t demanding a theocracy, host James Robison said, “We have a theocracy right now. It’s a secular theocracy.”

“That’s it!” Huckabee said, describing the current political order as “humanistic, secular, atheistic, even antagonistic toward Christian faith.”

There’s an interesting discussion to be had about whether rights come from God or from man. Or, in more secular terms, whether rights are inherent or rather endowed by society. The Founders tended to come down on the side of inherent rights; I rather believe that they’re endowed by society, in part based on technological progress. For instance, given the easy availability of modern air conditioning, I believe that failing to provide basic climate controlled rooms to prisoners constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. I also believe that women have a right to birth control. That’s a controversial position to be sure, but one on which reasonable people can disagree.

But regardless of one’s view of rights, it’s an entirely different story to say that laws come from God. There is no secular way to interpret that comment. Laws cannot be inherent–only values can. Laws are at best the imperfect and often arbitrary attempted codification of our values. They are the imperfect rules we agree to live by, codifying our rights and binding us in an orderly society and (hopefully) protecting us from the wrongdoing of others. The notion that laws come directly from God is frankly a barbaric concept relegated in most parts of the world to the most backwards theocracies and the enemies of Western pluralism.

It matters little if Mike Huckabee is as dangerous as he sounds, or if he’s playing that way to appeal to the scariest parts of the Republican base for his own presidential aspirations. His notions are frankly unAmerican, and belong more in Riyadh or Tehran than in Washington, DC.

 

By: David Atkins, The Political Animal Blog, The Washington Monthly, January 24, 2015

January 26, 2015 - Posted by | Christian Right, Mike Huckabee, Theocracy | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Mike apparently needs to brush up on American History, particularly the Federalist Papers. The founders wanted Religion no where near our Federal Government.

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    Comment by lovethatscience | January 29, 2015 | Reply

  2. Mike Huckabee is a bad omen.

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    Comment by alakhtal | January 26, 2015 | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on Liberalism is Trust Fucked with Prudence. Conservatism is Distrust Tainted with Fear and commented:
    Mike Huckabee is a bad omen.

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    Comment by alakhtal | January 26, 2015 | Reply

  4. A Simple Government, Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don’t!) by Mike Huckabee. I think that Mike sincerely believes what he has written, but I found lots of false and misleading information contained therein. As I read further, I was reminded of another book of fiction, It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, which is about the US becoming a fascist country. Mike Huckabee reminds me of Berzelius Windrip, the homespun new President of the US, who replaces our democracy with a fascist dictatorship. If Mike wins the GOP nomination, I suggest that he select Allen West as his running mate. A perfect pair.

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    Comment by walthe310 | January 26, 2015 | Reply


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