Guest post by Myristic Mystic:
After the SCOTUS decision which strikes down the ability of states to ban marriage between members of the same gender, Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee stated:
“The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”
First, a whole lot of SCOTUS decisions are “divided” – it’s common for at least one to disagree. Such a statement suggests the person making it is “grasping at straws.” Why say this – what can it possibly accomplish? I’ll get to that soon. The second thing is beyond absurd, as polygamy was present in the Bible (and we all know what Mr. Huckabee thinks of that tome – or do we?), and in a way that suggests it was common – perhaps expected of Hebrew men! Moreover, any American can believe or not believe in a “Supreme Being,” but it is not acceptable to try and impose one’s views of what a person thinks such a Being wants on fellow citizens! Isn’t that something Huckabee should know? Isn’t that something even most young children understand?
The worst part of this statement, though (IMO), is this claim about “we” needing to “resist” and “reject.” Do I get to reject any SCOTUS decision that I too think is contrary to the wishes of my conception of the “Supreme Being?” If so, how do I go about that? And if the word “resist” isn’t usually associated with violence in this context, I need someone of sound mind to tell me how it should be interpreted!
Here’s the key point: all Mr. Huckabee had to do was to say specifically that he was going to do all he could to get a Constitutional Amendment passed that would outlaw “gay marriage.” That would be perfectly in line with a peaceful change that would be in accord with his position. I doubt anyone would claim that Mr. Huckabee doesn’t know what a Constitutional Amendment is, and if that were true it would mean he should be a TV commentator, let alone a Presidential candidate !
Now here is the frightening aspect to what he said: what is a person like Dylann Roof walks into a gay night club and kills several people, saying that he is believer is what Mr. Huckabee said and that he is “resisting” as best he can. Would he be wrong? Who knows – Mr. Huckabee was not specific! Obviously, Mr. Huckabee is not going to appear on FoxNews and tell people to kill those who appear to be gay, but that is because he is of sound mind (I am assuming). However, he can’t know that there aren’t people like Dylann Roof in our society, as Roof’s homicidal rampage was only about two weeks in the past !
Does Mr. Huckabee not think that there are some “unbalanced” people who feel the same way towards gays that Roof felt towards “blacks?” If not, then again, he’s clearly not qualified to be in any “position of responsibility.” If so, then how much responsibility is he willing to accept if we witness an anti-gay act similar to what Roof did to a group of innocent “black” people? It’s time to start drawing lines here, IMO – we should not allow people in positions such as Mr. Huckabee to make such statements without “holding his feet to the fire.” And the most disgraceful part of it is that it clearly is about as un-Christian thing to say as he possibly could have without being condemned by just about everyone. He seems to be trying to be as inflammatory as he possibly can without having to accept any responsibility if such a homicidal rampage were to occur – thus, I think it’s time to call him a coward as well as a subverter of Christianity. It’s simply not reasonable to think that he’s too stupid to know exactly where his statements might lead !
Because Mr. Huckabee wanted to play the role of candidate rather than follower of Jesus (IMO, obviously), I will say what I believe he should have said (assuming that his stated beliefs are genuine):
“I am deeply disappointed in the SCOTUS ruling, but in no way does it affect our ability to live the kinds of lives Jesus would have wanted us to. We need to remember that Jesus said, ‘let he who has never sinned cast the first stone.’ Anyone who casts a stone is doing the work of Satan, not Jesus. We can work together to try and pass a Constitutional Amendment that is consistent with our views, but that is where things must end. We must embrace our brothers and sisters the way Jesus would have, and not give any more thought to the subject. Let us instead release whatever negative emotions we feel in this context and instead think about things we can do for the benefit of all humankind. Certainly, let us not discriminate against our fellow citizens who are gay. The Lord will be the judge of personal actions, and we need to remain vigilant not to commit sins of our own!”