Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is holding a rally in Kentucky Tuesday to support a country clerk thrown in jail for her decision to deny marriage licenses to homosexual couples, saying that her imprisonment represents a dawning age of the “criminalization of Christianity.”
Huckabee asserts that the arrest and subsequent incarceration of Christian clerk, Kim Davis, for her faith provides evidence that Christian persecution has come to America and is no longer just a problem abroad.
After Davis was arrested for contempt of court Thursday afternoon, Huckabee’s campaign dubbed the name of his rally #ImWithKim — in support of her decision to stand for her Christian convictions on biblical marriage.
Standing for religious liberty
Huckabee was quick to express his take on the arrest and was candid about his strong stance for religious freedom.
"Having Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country," the former pastor asserted, according to LifeSiteNews.com.
He was also vocal about his disgust over Davis’ treatment by America’s judicial system, which he says has become hostile to those holding to their Christian faith.
"This is a reckless, appalling, out-of-control decision that undermines the Constitution of the United States and our fundamental right to religious liberty," the former governor of Arkansas expressed.
Huckabee then questioned how far the government’s persecution of Christians would go, implying that all Christians in the wedding industry could suffer a fate of jail time for holding to their faith — like Davis.
"Who will be next?” the conservative politician posed before listing off professions held by Christians that have been targeted for their pro-family stance against same-sex marriage. “Pastors? Photographers? Caterers? Florists?"
Another Republican standing for Davis
The presidential hopeful from Arkansas, who stopped hosting his Fox News show to run for the GOP ticket in the 2016 election, is not alone among his fellow candidates when it comes to his position on Davis’ incarceration.
Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also put his support for Davis on record, contending that government officials who persecute Christians and demand their resignations are out of line.
"Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office," Cruz pointed out on Thursday.
Cruz went on to express his disdain for the direction the United States is going concerning the protection of Americans’ right to live out their faith free from persecution.
"This is wrong,” the Christian politician insisted. “This is not America."
As the son of an evangelical minister, Cruz made sure that no one would have a shadow of a doubt about his support for Davis as a fellow believer.
"I stand with Kim Davis — unequivocally," Cruz proclaimed.
It is reported that Huckabee’s show of support for Davis through his #ImWithKim rally is reflective of a rally Cruz held championing religious freedom earlier this summer.
“His rally is similar to the ‘Rally for Religious Liberty’ held in Iowa by Huckabee's 2016 Republican presidential rival, Sen. Ted Cruz,” LifeSiteNews.com’s Ben Johnson reported. “The Texan senator invited Dick and Betty Odgaard, Barronelle Stutzman, Kelvin Cochran, Aaron and Melissa Klein, Philip Monk, and Blaine Adamson to join him in Des Moines — along with Nagmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is being held in prison in Iran.”
With the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage imposed by the Supreme Court of the United States in June, both Huckabee and Cruz have made religious liberty a focus of their 2016 presidential campaigns, as they both compete for the support of evangelical Christian voters in the crowded Republican field of candidates.
Davis is now appealing her jailing over same-sex marriage.