Pope Huck Speaks

While we are waiting for the dust to settle and everybody to comment on the new “religious liberty” bill in Indiana, the outlines of a new bill in Arkansas, and the no-bill in Georgia, let’s note one prominent pol who says it doesn’t matter because the sodomites won’t be happy until the churches are all shut down.

Yep, that’s exactly what Mike Huckabee, who I guess is craving some attention after he missed a good two months of the Invisible Primary hawking his new obnoxious book, told Tony Perkins on his Family Research Council radio show yesterday (per TPM’s Tracy Walsh, quoting an audio recording from Right Wing Watch):

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said on Wednesday that gay-rights activists wouldn’t be satisfied until there are no more churches or Christians in America.

“It won’t stop until there are no more churches, until there are no more people who are spreading the Gospel,” Huckabee said on a right-wing radio program while discussing the backlash against anti-gay religious-freedom legislation in Arkansas and Indiana.

Say, Huck, what about the churches who oppose the Indiana legislation, like my own Christian Church (Disciples of Christs)?

“I’m talking now about the unabridged, unapologetic Gospel that is really God’s truth,” he said.

Guess those gay-loving churches don’t qualify. I’m beginning to think every time a Christian Right figure uses the word “Christian,” we’re going to need to leave the scare quotes around it. These birds don’t want to include anybody who doesn’t share their intensely secularized reactionary cultural agenda.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.