Mike Huckabee on Civil Rights

Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate


Last year 58% of hate crimes were against Jews

The president needs to read his own FBI crime stats from last year which would show him that of the hate crimes in the country, over 5,500, about 1,100 were religious hate crimes. And, of those, 58% were directed toward Jews. Only 16% directed toward Muslims. Maybe what the President should focus on is how we ought to look at anti-Semitism rather than anti-Muslim comments.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate , Jan 14, 2016

Stop criminalization of Christianity, like on gay marriage

I am here to fight for somebody who is a county clerk elected under the Kentucky constitution that 75 percent of the people of that state had voted for that said that marriage was between a man and a woman. We made accommodation to the Fort Hood shooter to let him grow a beard. We made accommodations to the detainees at Gitmo. You're telling me that you cannot make an accommodation for an elected Democrat county clerk from Kentucky? What else is it other than the criminalization of her faith?
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

The court's ruling on gay marriage was unconstitutional

Q: Why have you publicly defended Kim Davis, the Kentucky marriage clerk who violated federal law by refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples?

HUCKABEE: Because the court's decision on the issue was a wrong decision. And to say that we have to surrender to judicial supremacy is to do what Thomas Jefferson warned against, which is, in essence, surrender to judicial tyranny. We had so many different presidents, including Jefferson, who made it very clear that the courts can't make a law. The Constitution is expressly clear that that's a power reserved to Congress.

Q: What about the 1967 ruling that effectively legalized interracial marriages? Was that unconstitutional?

HUCKABEE: No, it's not the same, not even close. Because you still had a marriage which was a man and a woman, and it was equal protection. But it didn't redefine marriage. That's what the Supreme Court did in June.

Source: ABC This Week 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Sep 6, 2015

Don't force children to accept transgender choice by others

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joked earlier in the year he wished he could have pretended to be transgender in high school "when it came time to take showers in PE." Huckabee made the comments at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this year but the comments were uploaded to YouTube over the weekend by World Net Daily.

"For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your 7-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended and you can't be offended if she's greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man."

Huckabee said there was "something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment. And yet today we are the ones who are ridiculed and scorned because we point out the obvious," he said.

Source: Buzzfeed.com 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 2, 2015

Amendment to overturn Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

Huckabee would push for a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

Huckabee voiced sharp opposition to the Supreme Court's June ruling on gay marriage, writing that the prevailing justices acted as a "judicial tyranny" that must be resisted. The former Arkansas governor is calling for a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. He also opposes allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 5, 2015

Same-sex marriage leads to criminalization of Christianity

The United States is moving toward "criminalization of Christianity" as a result of legalizing same-sex marriage, Mike Huckabee told a group of conservative pastors: "We are moving rapidly toward the criminalization of Christianity."

The former governor of Arkansas said it is his "biblical duty" to pray for the members of the Supreme Court as they prepare to rule on same-sex marriage this summer.

"If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says 'I can't perform that wedding' will now be breaking the law," he said. "Let me make clear: It's not just saying, 'I'm sorry you have a preference.' No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil, for sure, and possibly criminal penalties for violating the law, depending on how the law is written in communities, states and in the nation."

Source: Politico.com on 2015 Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition summit , Apr 24, 2015

Courts cannot unilaterally allow same-sex marriage

In an apparent defense of gay conversion therapy, Huckabee said that the government is telling chaplains that they cannot help people "seek assistance" for a "homosexual lifestyle" and to "put their Bibles away, no longer pray in Jesus' name." Huckabee told [an audience of] pastors that opponents of gay marriage are "pariahs" among the "ruling class" and donors.

Huckabee said that he cringes whenever he hears people call a court decision "the law of the land." He said, "how many people passed 9th grade civics? There are three branches of government, not one," adding that when a court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, that does not mean that licenses should be issued the following day.

Huckabee told the pastors that if they do follow their convictions according to the Bible, "your behavior will be criminal. Once the courts have been allowed to run over us and nobody stands up for us in the other two branches of government, then God help us all," he said

Source: Politico.com on 2015 Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition summit , Apr 24, 2015

Free speech should include Christian worldview

It's about whether America was now going to have two completely different sets of rules: one for those who would be free to speak with ridicule and contempt toward those with a Christian worldview, and then a very different standard for people of faith.
Source: God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, by Mike Huckabee, p. 10 , Jan 20, 2015

If GOP abdicates on gay marriage, they lose guys like me

Two days after threatening to leave the Republican Party and run for the White House in 2016 as an independent because the GOP has "abdicated" on same-sex marriage, Mike Huckabee told Newsmax that the GOP would be walking away from him and other voters if it doesn't stand strong on social issues. "I don't think the GOP is going to walk away from the entire body of values voters--but if so, then there would likely be no place for me as a voter or candidate," he said. "I wouldn't be leaving them; they'd be leaving us."

In an interview with the American Family Association, Huckabee had charged that Republicans have given in on battling gay marriage and other social issues and vowed that it jeopardized his standing with the party. "If the Republicans want to lose guys like me, and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people, go ahead and just abdicate on this issue," Huckabee said. "Because at that point, you lose me, I'm gone. I'll become an independent."

Source: NewsMax 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Oct 9, 2014

Supreme Court can't allow gay marriage all by itself

The Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans on gay marriage, clearing the way for a huge expansion in as many as 30 states. In an interview, Huckabee charged that the GOP "establishment" has waved the "white flag of surrender" on gay marriage. "I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue."

He said that he was most disturbed at the general tenor among Republicans to the Supreme Court's action was, essentially, "Well, that's settled."

"Of course, it isn't," Huckabee said. "The courts can't MAKE law. Even if one agrees with their ruling, the legislative branch has to pass enabling legislation, and it has to be signed by the chief executive and carried out. One branch of the three equal branches doesn't get to override the two other branches," Huckabee told Newsmax. "Civics 101."

Source: NewsMax 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Oct 9, 2014

Women should control libido rather than rely on Uncle Sugar

At yesterday's RNC meeting, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stepped right into controversy when he decided to talk about women's "libido" and birth control: "If the Democrats want to insult women by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it," he said. Yes, the quote--taken as a whole--doesn't make a lot of sense. But if Republicans should have learned anything from the 2012 election cycle, it should be that GOP politicians, especially male ones, should tread very carefully when talking about birth control and women's rights.

But remember, Huckabee was one of Todd Akin's biggest defenders in 2012 [when Akin lost after citing "legitimate rape"]--pretty much the ONLY national Republican who stuck by Akin.

Source: NBC News First Read: "The Contraception Trap" , Jan 24, 2014

Homosexuality is a sin the same as heterosexual lust

Q: What about the Duck Dynasty comment about gays, paraphrasing Corinthians, "They won't inherit the kingdom of God"? Are you offended?

HUCKABEE: Well, he said it in a way that would be a more appropriate for the duck woods than it would be for the pages of a major news magazine. But that being said, this issue was specifically about GLAAD, and the Human Rights Campaign protesting to A&E over his comments regarding same sex relationships. Now, let's keep in mind, that for a Christian to talk about sin, homosexuality is no more sinful to a Christian than is pride, than is lust. So, if a person who is totally heterosexual lusts in his heart after a woman, that's as much sin as any other sin. There's no division about which sin is the most important, they're all out of the glory, out of the perfect will and mind of a holy God. So, that's the whole point of being a Christian. We're all sinners. None of us are perfect, none of us have measured up.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013 series of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Dec 22, 2013

Pays attention to black vote; got 48% as governor

One GOP primary debate was hosted by Tavis Smiley, the host of the PBS program bearing his name, & held at Morgan State, a historically black college in Baltimore. I was embarrassed that most of the GOP candidates had chosen to ignore this opportunity to show that we really were the party with a message of hope and opportunity for African Americans. Instead, by their unwillingness to appear, our "marquee players" had not only insulted and shown their disrespect for the African American community, but had only solidified the "we don't care about you" image that has dogged Republicans in relation to the black community. Having received an almost unheard of 48% of the African American vote in Arkansas during my reelection campaign for governor, I knew that Republicans shouldn't ignore this important constituency. The fact that I showed up and answered the questions with knowledge & compassion opened many doors to nontraditional Republicans and spoke to middle-class Americans across the country.
Source: Do The Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee, p. 61 , Nov 18, 2008

I witnessed firsthand the shameful evil of racism

I grew up at a time and in a place where the civil rights movement was fought. And I witnessed firsthand the shameful evil of racism. I saw how ignorance and prejudice caused people to do the unthinkable to people of color, and it wasnít so many years ago. I want to say with the utmost of sincerity, not as a Republican, but as an American, that I have great respect for Senator Obamaís historic achievement to become his partyís nominee, not because of his color, but with indifference to it.
Source: Speech at 2008 Republican National Convention , Sep 3, 2008

Itís arrogant for GOP to ignore Hispanics or any group

Q: Do you think that youíre taking a risk to come here [to an Hispanic forum]?

A: Well, I think the great risk is not so much that we would come. The far greater risk is if we didnít. And itís not just that we would offend or perhaps insult the Hispanic audience of this country. I think it would insult our own party. It would insult every voter in this country. To act like that somehow weíve become so arrogant that thereís any segment of our population that weíre either afraid to speak to, hear their questions, or somehow that we donít think that theyíre as important as another group. And itís why I think whether itís an African American audience, a Hispanic audience, a union audience, as Republicans, we ought to be more than willing to sit down, even with people with whom we might know there are disagreements. And I think, frankly, itís important for us to be here. Itís important that you gave us this opportunity. And I want to say thanks for letting us have this audience on Univision.

Source: 2007 Republican primary debate on Univision , Dec 9, 2007

Racial profiling based on speaking with accent is unAmerican

Q: Four out of five Hispanics are either legal residents or American citizens. Many of them feel affected by the negative tone of the immigration debate. What would you do to curb this anti-Hispanic sentiment?

A: Well, I was governor of the state that is the second fastest growing state for Hispanics in the country, and we faced that. Quite frankly, when we fix the situation and make the border secure and people are here legally, a lot of the sentiment goes away. But itís a terrible thing when a person who is here legally, but who may speak with an accent, is racially profiled by members of the public, and people assume that they may be illegal. It is in everybodyís best interest--and most of all in the best interest of the legal immigrants--that we fix this problem, so nobody questions the legitimacy of their being here, which often happens, unfairly, unnecessarily and, frankly, in a completely un-American manner.

Source: 2007 Republican primary debate on Univision , Dec 9, 2007

Got 48% of black vote in AR; embarrassed at national GOP

Q: Please tell me and this audience why you chose to be here tonight and what you say to those who chose not to be here tonight.

A: Well, I want to be president of the United States, not just president of the Republican Party. Frankly, Iím embarrassed. Iím embarrassed for our party and Iím embarrassed for those who did not come, because thereís long been a divide in this country, and it doesnít get better when we donít show up. Quite frankly, for a lot of people, thereís a perception that Black Americans donít vote for Republicans. I proved that wrong in Arkansas, with 48% of African Americans voting for me. But I want to make sure that the people of this country recognize that weíve come a long way, but we have a long way to go. And we donít get there if we donít sit down and work through issues that are still very deep in this country, when it comes to racial divide. Iím honored to be here. I wish all of the candidates had come.

Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University , Sep 27, 2007

Address gay behavior if problematic, not gay attitudes

Q: Most of our closest allies, including Great Britain and Israel, allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. Is it time to end ďDonít ask, donít tellĒ policy and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the US military?

PAUL: I think the current policy is a decent policy. If there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if thereís heterosexual sexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isnít the issue of homosexuality.

HUCKABEE: Itís already covered by the Uniform Code of Military Conduct. I think thatís what Congressman Paul was saying. Itís about conduct, itís not about attitude. You donít punish people for their attitudes. You punish them if their behavior creates a problem.

Q: So you wouldnít change existing policy.?

HUCKABEE: I donít think that I would. I think itís already covered by the existing policy that we do have, in fact.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College , Jun 3, 2007

Gay tolerance reflects lack of fixed societal standards

Public debate today is filled with arguments that, not long ago, would have been dismissed as ridiculous and insupportable. Consider homosexuality, for instance. There have been homosexuals in every human culture. But until recently, who would have dared to suggest that the practice should be accepted on equal footing with heterosexuality, to be thought of as a personal decision and nothing more?

Everything you do and believe is directed by your answer to the ultimate question: Is there a God? It all comes down to that single issue. If there is a God, then everything moves one way. If there isnít, it moves another.

By refusing to define character using fixed standards, we lose our reference point., we lose our ability to navigate, and, therefore, we drift. Who is right and who is wrong? Who knows?

Source: Character Makes a Difference, by Mike Huckabee, p.113-116 , Jun 1, 2007

Respect gay couples but no gay adoptions

Q: Should gay couples be allowed to adopt children?

A: Unfortunately, so much of this argument has been framed about what the same-sex couple wants. But the real question needs to be child-focused, not couple-focused. And thatís true whether the couple is same-sex or whether theyíre heterosexual. In our state, as in most, the criteria for adoption is always whatís in the best interest of the child.

Q: So is it in the best interest of the child to have gay parents?

A: Iím not sure that we have a positive answer to that. And until we absolutely could say it, then Iím always hesitant to change those institutions.

Q: Do you believe that youíre born gay or you choose to be gay?

A: I donít honestly know. But the point is, people are who they want to be, and we should respect them for that. But when they want to change the institutions thatíve governed our society for all the years of recorded human history, then thatís a serious change of culture that we donít just make readily or hurriedly.

Source: Meet the Press: 2007 ďMeet the CandidatesĒ series , Jan 28, 2007

USA has gone from Barney Fife to Barney Frank

Q: You said this to the Des Moines Register: ďLetís face it. In our lifetimes, weíve seen our country go from ĎLeave it to Beaverí to ĎBeavis and Butt-head,í from Barney Fife to Barney Frank.Ē Why include Barney Frank, a gay congressman, in that reference?

A: It was a matter of a rhetorical device to talk about the different cultural shift that we have, and it wasnít any particular attempt to be derisive of him. But there has been a huge cultural shift in this country.

Q: Some would suggest by including Barney Frank in that reference you are tearing a gay man down. Youíre against gay marriage, youíre against gay civil unions. Do you have a problem with gay people?

A: No. I have a problem with changing institutions that have served us. Before we change the definition of marriage to mean something different, I think our real focus ought to be on trying to strengthen heterosexual marriages because half of them are ending in divorce.

Source: Meet the Press: 2007 ďMeet the CandidatesĒ series , Jan 28, 2007

Signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage in Arkansas

Source: PAC website, HopeForAmericaPac.org, ďAboutĒ , Dec 1, 2006

No civil unions; only one-man-one-woman marriage

Q: Should Arkansas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: No.

Q: Should Arkansas restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?

A: Yes.

Source: 2002 AR Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

No affirmative action for state contracts nor colleges

Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agenciesí decisions on:

Q: College and university admissions

A: No.

Q: Public employment

A: No.

Q: State contracting

A: No.

Source: 2002 AR Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

If Titanic sank now, feminism would cost more women's lives

The doctrine of "women and children first" makes the Titanic tragedy stand out in remarkable ways. When asked in Senate hearings about the Titanic sinking whether the doctrine of "women and children first was the law of the sea," a naval officer responded, "It is the law of human nature." Of course, there were no formal laws, maritime or otherwise, which required the implementation of such a policy in times of danger.

Alas, no longer. The debunking suffragettes have won. And thus, we have all lost immeasurably more than we can imagine.

If that "unsinkable" liner were to go down in the North Atlantic today, we could hardly expect the standard of "Women and children first" to bring order to the crisis. The great sea disaster would undoubtedly cost even more lives were it to occur in our time--when notions of sacrifice, duty, and chivalry no longer dominate our cultural landscape.

Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p. 58-61 , Jun 1, 1998

Women's liberation resulted in women's impoverishment

Most of the revolutionary attempts at social engineering have been undertaken, ostensibly, in an effort to improve the lot of women and children in our society.

As one cover story asserted, "American women have been sold a bill of goods. Instead of making life easier, or better, or even more just for women, the sundry programs of social engineering have made it harder, worse, and more unjust. They have broken down traditional family structures. They have contributed to epidemic irresponsibility. They have opened a Pandora's box of social ills not the least of which is the progressive impoverishment of the very women it is supposed to liberate.

Evidence of the feminization of poverty everywhere abounds. 70% of today's women in the labor force work out of economic necessity. More often than not, they are single, widowed, or divorced. And more often than not, they are poor. A full 77% of this nation's poverty is now borne by women and their children.

Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p. 94-95 , Jun 1, 1998

No-fault divorce increases feminization of poverty

Social utopians fought to have divorce statutes in America follow "gender-neutral" rules--rules designed to treat men and women "equally." In 1970, California capitulated to their demands and introduced the no-fault divorce. Before that time every state required "fault-based grounds for divorce." Some kind of marital fault had to be demonstrated--be it adultery or abandonment--before a divorce could be granted. 47 states followed California's lead.

The practical result was that divorced women, Q: What about the Duck Dynasty comment about gays, paraphrasing Corinthians, "They won't inherit the kingdom of God"? Are you offended?

HUCKABEE: Well, he said it in a way that would be a more appropriate for the duck woods than it would be for the pages of a major news magazine. But that being said, this issue was specifically about GLAAD, and the Human Rights Campaign protesting to A&E over his comments regarding same sex relationships. Now, let's keep in mind, that for a Christian to talk about

Source: Link , Jun 1, 1998

Until recently, no one suggested homosexuality was equal

Public debate today is filled with arguments that, not long ago, would have been dismissed as ridiculous and insupportable. Consider homosexuality, for instance. There have been homosexuals in every human culture. But until recently, who would have dared to suggest that the practice should be accepted on equal footing with heterosexuality, to be thought of as a personal decision and nothing more?

Everything you do and believe in is directed by your answer to the ultimate question: Is there a God?

Source: Character IS the Issue, by Mike Huckabee, p. 98-99 , Sep 9, 1997

Treat AIDS as plague to be isolated, not civil rights issue

It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS -- it is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.
Source: Responses to Associated Press Questionnaire for AR Senate , Nov 1, 1992

More federal funding of IDEA for disabled education.

Huckabee adopted a letter to Senate leaders from 4 Governors:

As you prepare the budget resolution for the coming fiscal year, the nationís Governors urge Congress to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When the law, formerly known as the Education of the Handicapped Act, was passed in 1975, full funding was defined as 40 percent of the costs. Currently, the federal governmentís contribution amounts to only 13 percent, and states are funding the balance to assist school districts in providing special education and related services. Although Governors strongly support providing the necessary services and support to help all students succeed, the costs associated with implementing IDEA are placing an increased burden on states.

We are currently reallocating existing state funds from other programs or committing new funds to ensure that students with disabilities are provided a ďfree and appropriate public education.Ē In some cases, we are taking funds from existing education programs to pay for the costs of educating our students with disabilities because we believe that all students deserve an equal opportunity to learn. Therefore, Governors urge Congress to honor its original commitment and fully fund 40 percent of Part B services as authorized by IDEA so the goals of the act can be achieved.

Source: National Governor's Association letter to Congress 00-NGA22 on Mar 14, 2000

Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment.

Huckabee adopted the National Governors Association policy:

In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.

The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy EC-14: Equal Rights Policy 01-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2001

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