As a former Baptist pastor, potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee blasted what he considers a theologically incorrect and politically correct concept of Christians evolving their stance on same-sex "marriage" — a process President Barack Obama proclaimed he underwent before fully endorsing the homosexual agenda in regards to marriage, military policy and LGBT "rights" across America.
Huckabee slammed the idea of punishing Christians for objecting to same-sex marriage earlier this week on CNN's State of the Union program, arguing that religious freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution affords believers the right to stand up for their sincerely held traditional Christian beliefs and deny their services.
He provided an illustrative metaphor of the concept of forcing Christians to support same-sex marriage in order to demonstrate the ludicrous nature of such a federally imposed mandate — of forcing Christians to provide wedding services for same-sex couples.
"As a biblical issue, unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it's really not my place to say, OK, I'm just gonna evolve," the former Arkansas governor contended. "It's like asking somebody who is Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli."
Just as eating or serving shrimp and bacon is a direct violation of Jewish kosher rules, Huckabee points out that supporting or providing services that cater to same-sex marriage is a violation of Christians' biblical values, which have been established for thousands of years.
Huckabee went on to show how Christians' convictions in America have been marginalized in recent decades, while tolerance for other religions have become a priority, even though the Constitution and legal system were founded on biblical principles.
"We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they have had for over 2,000 years," Huckabee argued. "I would like to think that there's room in America for people who have different points of views without screaming, shouting and wanting to shut their businesses down."
The socially conservative potential 2016 Republican presidential election candidate was referring to the numerous lawsuits, protests and boycotts that have taken place over the years orchestrated by homosexual activists and organizations promoting LGBT values. They have worked to impose massive fines and closures on dozens of Christian business owners invested in the wedding industry, including: photographers, bakers, florists, banquet hall owners and wedding planners — just to name a few.
March to the White House?
After leaving Fox as a TV show host, Huckabee is apparently in the running for the GOP spot in the 2016 presidential election, hoping to make headway with evangelical Christians and social conservatives. Having won Iowa's primary election for Republican presidential candidates in 2008, Huckabee is reportedly setting his sights on Iowa once again.
In a recent Iowa poll produced by the DeMoines Register and Bloomberg, Huckabee grabbed the top spot out of 16 potential GOP candidates in the category of most "favorable" contender in the field. He also came in second (trailing only Rick Perry) when it comes to the ideologies that voters consider "about right" to be president. Overall, though, Iowan voters placed Huckabee in fourth place in the GOP field for presidential nominees, with Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) coming in first, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in second, and now out-of-the-running Romney coming in third.
However, things didn't turn out as favorably for Huckabee in a recent nationwide Drudge online poll, where he came in a disappointing 10th place, taking in just one percent of the total votes.
Hate the sin, love the sinner …
Despite Huckabee's steadfast biblical stance on homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage, he also made his appeal that he is more than capable of being a president for all, noting that he still embraces friends who practice homosexuality.
"I accept a lot of people as friends maybe whose lifestyle I don't necessarily adhere to, agree with, or practice," Huckabee insisted. "Doesn't mean that I can't have a good relationship with anyone or lead them or govern them."
Huckabee asserts that he does not shun advocates of homosexual behavior because of their unbiblical beliefs and practices.
"I don't chuck people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view," Huckabee added, clarifying that his Christian convictions regarding the LGBT lifestyle and same-sex marriage are firmly planted and not subject to any form of future "evolution."