Mike Huckabee appeared on “AFA Today” to chat about his book, Guns, Gravy, Garden Gnomes, and Grappling Hooks, and spent a minute pointing out one of the many problems with the Obama administration. Speaking with Kevin McCullough, host of the American Family Association’s radio program, the former governor was asked why President Obama refuses to call Islamic extremists evil. Huckabee responded:
This administration, they will bend over backwards to do everything possible to accommodate Muslims, but they don’t mind stomping all over Christians, and they do it regularly. This is just the most astonishing reversal of true American tradition that I’ve ever seen.
Huckabee also stated he has no problem giving “Muslims their due,” and allowing them to be American citizens.
What is this “Christian stomping” of which Mike Huckabee speaks? Are there any Christians reading this? Have you been stomped recently? Have atheists, wearing Karl Marx masks, broken into your home at three in the morning, and stolen your Bible? Has your church been razed, just for being a church? The last time you prayed in public, were you hit over the head with a brick, and dragged off to the gulag? Were you recently forced to get gay married? Did a femiNazi drag your grandmother off to have an abortion?
In 2012, Jon Stewart pointed out that right-wing Christians have:
…confused a war on your religion with not always getting everything you want.
And that’s it, in a nutshell. People like Mike Huckabee are upset because they can’t always get their way. Truth is, when it comes to stomping, it’s typically not fundamentalist Christians on the receiving end of a boot. Right-wing Christians are notorious of late for their stomping. Stomping on women, LGBTs, minorities, science, Jesus…well, Actual Jesus, lots of things. Let’s walk through a few examples of right-wing Christian stomping.
The GOP-led House is trying, once again, to redefine rape. Is it real, is it legitimate, do we-a bunch of conservative men-have any clue what rape really is? What’s wrong with making a female rape victim report her attack before we make her wait 72 hours to drive 300 miles for an abortion? What’s wrong with groups of men talking about women’s contraception? After all, who knows more about our lady parts than a bunch of right-wing Christian men? And why is the GOP-led House doing this again? In order to ban abortion after 20 weeks. Because to a right-wing Christian, life begins at conception, and it doesn’t matter how conception occurred. They hate contraception, too, which makes this incredibly confusing. The best way to prevent unwanted pregnancy is contraception, including emergency contraception, but try telling that to a Christian conservative.
Conservative Christians frequently stomp on the LGBT community, sometimes with cake. We’ve all heard the screams, the fear, the weird references by Rick “Don’t Google Me” Santorum. My favorite ex-congresscritter, Michele Bachmann’s former Iowa campaign chair, Tamara Scott, said legalizing gay marriage would lead to people marrying objects. Like the Eiffel Tower. Quick side note: When gay marriage became legal in our state, my husband did not suddenly divorce me to marry the lawn mower, nor am I physically attracted to my Kitchen Aid mixer. Of course, no conversation about the stomping of the LGBT community would be complete without a quote from Mike Huckabee himself:
If we’re determined to change the definition of marriage to accommodate how people feel and what they wish to do because of their mutual consent, then we should immediately release those incarcerated for practicing polygamy or bigamy. And, frankly, let’s make all consensual adult behaviors legal, whether prostitution, assisted suicide, or even drinking 16 ounce sodas in New York City.
Yes, because two consenting adults getting married is exactly the same as assisted suicide and prostitution.
Waging a war on science has been very popular with Christian conservatives over the past twenty years. Climate change, evolution, human biology-all things the right-wing fights on a daily basis. From demanding public schools teach creationism to Jim Inhofe’s insanity about climate change, the right-wing refuses to accept scientific evidence for anything. Inhofe, the chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (let that sink in for a moment), has written an actual book entitled The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future. During a radio interview with Voice of Christian Youth America, Senator Inhofe said this:
Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.
Voice of Christian Youth America is an uber-right-wing group that does not believe President Obama was born in America, but they do believe in Agenda 21.
Remember Paul Broun? The former congressman from Georgia, who is a physician, called evolution, the Big Bang, and embryology “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Then there’s Rick Perry who told a little kid that he has no idea how old the earth actually is, and evolution “is a theory that’s out there,” with “some gaps in it.” Then he falsely stated all Texas public schools teach both creationism and evolution. Finally, given that Mike Huckabee appeared on an American Family Association radio show, here’s what the AFA’s recently demoted Bryan Fischer had to say about Christianity in America:
The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity.
It would seem, rather than conservative Christians being stomped in America, it’s the rest of us being stomped by conservative Christians. Intellectualism is deemed something icky, higher education is looked down upon, science is ignored, secularism is evil, gay marriage equals prostitution and marrying a statue, and Bubba-Ville is better than Bubble-Ville. Rape victims have to prove they’ve been raped. Being LGBT is a choice (not happy that President Obama said that in an interview). Climate change is a hoax because God. Abortion equals the Holocaust.
Christians are attacked…in Egypt, Syria, parts of Asia. But not here. There is no stomping of right-wing Christians. Plenty of stomping by right-wing Christians, though. When will Mike Huckabee address that?
Audio from AFA Today via Right Wing Watch below: