Thursday, January 17, 2008

What the Huck?

We now interrupt Scientology Week for a very special announcement: if elected president, Mike Huckabee wants to "amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards." What does that mean, exactly? He elaborated at a press conference this week:

"The context is two things. Human life amendment, which I support and which has been in the Republican platform since 1980...And the second thing is traditional marriage."

Huckabee went on to quote the parts of the Bible in which Jesus condemned abortion and homosexu - OH WAIT.

He did go on to say: "I'm not suggesting that we rewrite the Constitution to reflect tithing or Sunday school attendance. I want to make that very clear." Well that clears it up.

Tim Grieve at Salon has a nice rebuttal:

If it is, as Huckabee said the other day, "easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God," what's the basis for stopping at abortion or same-sex marriage or even at tithing or Sunday school? Why not push for an amendment outlawing homosexuality entirely? On the other hand, maybe God would be interested in passing the Equal Rights Amendment. How about an amendment banning the death penalty? Or maybe an omnibus amendment outlawing preemptive war, the touching of pigskins and the getting of haircuts?

Who should be the arbiter of "God's standards"? How do we decide which of those "standards" can be ignored and which are important enough that we "need" to address them by amending the Constitution? And how would Mike Huckabee feel about having someone else -- say, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John Edwards or Dennis Kucinich -- making those decisions for him?

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