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Anti-gay Huckabee questions Obama's Christian beliefs over gay marriage

Gotta just shake your head at the conservative mindset: You know the one, where they justify their hate by invoking Christianity, the Bible and Jesus, and believe that anyone who thinks things over and evolves mentally and emotionally - and maybe even admits they were wrong on some issues - are just plain bad people.

Mike Huckabee, appearing on Fox News with Laura Ingraham (the hate-spewing zealot who always wears a cross big enough to remind people of her oh-so-pious, godlike attitude) apparently doesn't believe in the concept of people reevaluating their views on social issues. Playing "best defense is a good offense," Huckabee defended himself against the anti-gay slings and arrows hurled at him by claiming that President Obama's evolution on the topic of gay marriage demonstrates wobbly Christian values.

Claiming that his views on gay marriage are no different than President Obama's were in 2008, Huckabee scornfully claimed (to a very willing audience in Laura Ingraham) that President Obama's change of heart on the issue of gay marriage shows a lack of Christian convictions: "He said it was because of his Christian convictions. Does he have them or does he not? If one has them, they don't change depending on what the culture does. You don't take an opinion poll to come up with a new point of view."

While it's true that convictions aren't fluid things - and, in fact, shouldn't be based on which way the social winds are blowing - it's also true that convictions change as people grow up, gain life experience, evolve as human beings, become more compassionate, and allow themselves to "walk in the shoes" of other people. That's called maturing. It's called thoughtful consideration. And in fact, an attitude that rigidly adheres to the lowest common denominator of human compassion - as Huckabee's does - shows a mind that's regressing, not progressing, and shows a lack of compassion startling in someone claiming Christianity as a way of life.

And then there's Huckabee's false equivalency between his and President Obama's stances on gay marriage (because they were just the same in 2008!). While it's true that President Obama said on multiple occasions that he did not support gay marriage, and has vacillated on his position, he was unwavering in his support for civil unions - and, more importantly, his rhetoric has never indicated horror, scorn or disgust at the notion of gay relationships. When, in May 2012, President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage, he didn't actually say he'd changed his views. What he actually said was that he no longer opposed the legal right of same sex couples to marry: "I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

On the other hand, Huckabee has compared gay relationships with polygamy and prostitution (and, in fact, if he checks his history it wasn't until society decided as a collective in the 1800's that bigamy and polygamy weren't values we wanted to embrace that it became illegal in the United States - so you could say that we evolved on this social issue). In the early 90's - and again in 2007 - Huckabee stated that ". . . homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk." He claimed that homosexuality is sinful ". . . just like lying is sinful and stealing is sinful." In April 2010 speaking at The College of New Jersey, Huckabee flexed his inflexibility muscle, saying that legalizing same-sex marriage would "be like saying, well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?"

The majority of Americans - and we can safely assume that mixed in there are some who believe themselves to be practicing Christians - support same sex marriage. Nearly half of Americans believe gay couples should be able to adopt a child. Most people don't consider their perhaps newly-found support for same sex marriage as the antithesis of Christianity; in fact, most people have decided that we need to get out of the morality business when it comes to same sex couples, and most people have decided that gay marriage poses no threat to heterosexual marriage - which, of course, it doesn't.

Huckabee may believe he's on the right side of the bible; but he's on the wrong side of morality, the wrong side of history, the wrong side of human compassion, the wrong side of "christian" tolerance and love, the wrong side of doing the right thing, and the wrong side of American values. He's wrong on everything - which explains why Republicans love him so much.