Mike Huckabee had better jump into GOP clown car before Gov. Bobby Jindal does, or he won’t be able to capture the votes of the far-right evangelical Christians who will play a pivotal role in deciding the early Republican primaries in 2016.
The former governor of Arkansas hasn’t formally announced his 2016 candidacy for
a Fox News contributor spot the Republican nomination, but he’s certainly been ramping up the rhetoric as if he does intend on eventually tossing his hat into the ring.
Now Mike Huckabee is back with claims that Christians are under attack around the world, and that ISIS will be attacking them here in the United States some time in the near future.
In the same conference call today in which he claimed that gay marriage will outlaw religious freedom, Mike Huckabee suggested that the supposed threat to religious freedom posed by the gay rights movement is part of a broader attack on the rights of Christians, including anti-Christian violence.
When a pastor on the call, which was organized by the Family Research Council, asked Huckabee if the U.S. is facing a two-pronged threat of ISIS terrorist attacks and the “equally intense assault on marriage as defined by God,” Huckabee replied that the caller was “exactly right.”
“We’re seeing, certainly at the national level, internally this battle on marriage, but globally what we’re seeing is that there is an assault on the Christian faith in general,” Huckabee said, before warning that ISIS will soon “physically assault” Christians in America. (Source)
You could try to write this off as more hyperbole from Mike Huckabee, but the myth of Christians being persecuted in this country is a theme that religious conservatives have been playing up for quite some time now. Huckabee isn’t the only one fanning the flames of perceived religious persecution, but he’s certainly beating the drums louder than probably any other potential candidate on the right – except perhaps for Bobby Jindal.
One of the big talking points for candidates aiming for the far-right part of the GOP base is that religious freedom in the United States is under attack. This has played especially well to religious conservatives in states like Arkansas, Indiana, and now Louisiana with legislation that further promotes the idea that somehow the freedom of religion is being threatened. Pretending that religious freedoms are under attack or claiming to be persecuted by non-Christians and others who don’t share the same beliefs as you is a great way to promote your political career – or make a whole lot of money fast, as the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana recently found out.
In fact, religious conservatives have been pushing laws that discriminate against the LGBT community and anyone else they don’t like, all while claiming their beliefs are under attack. The hypocrisy of this is completely ignored by politicians like Mike Huckabee or Bobby Jindal who use this false narrative to further their book sales and/or political careers.
Freedom of religion is alive and well in the United States, and the fact that churches aren’t being taxed despite their involvement in politics, or that Christians aren’t being persecuted or killed like they are in some Muslim countries, is proof of that.
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