Huffington Post reports that Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, in his support for Kim Davis, the jailed Kentucky Clerk of Court, is now encouraging people to obey only laws they determine to be “right”. This is terrifying talk from someone who wants to sit in the White House and become the most powerful man in the land. It essentially encourages Christian anarchy. At a time when our nation seems more divided than ever, is this the kind of rhetoric we want to hear from our political leaders?
Does Huckabee actually think these things through? Is he so blinded by his faith that all reason has left him? (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he at one time possessed the capacity for reasonable thought) Can he envision the world he’s suggesting? Our entire legal structure would crumble if this were to happen. Anyone could break any law with impunity under the guise of “Religious freedom” or simply “I don’t think that law is right.”
One of the biggest critiques I’ve heard about Huckabee is that he’s “out of touch” with America. His support of Josh Duggar received a lot of backlash and he isolated himself again in his adamant support of Davis, but this comment launches him into the realm of “I’m out of my fucking mind!”
Religious fanatics always believe they are supremely right in their convictions and the ends justify the means. One only need look to the east at ISIS to see how this scenario would play out. When “God’s” law becomes mans law, it’s inevitable that strict, fundamentalist interpretations will always rise to the top and create terror and inequality.
The founding fathers of America determined that the interpretation and enforcement of law was such an important function in the structure of our new government that an entire branch was formed to perform that function. Our courts may not always rule in favor of our own beliefs, but until such time as our laws change through the legislative process, we are all bound to it. The very moment that we allow ANYONE to disobey the law (especially an elected government official that is derelict in her duty) we invite chaos and lawlessness from every corner of our great country.
There is no doubt in my mind that Huckabee is grandstanding on this because he wants to use Kim Davis as a martyr to build a platform of Christian resistance and gain votes for himself. He’s courting the lunatic fringe in a way that even Donald Trump would not. If this were a different scenario and Davis were NOT a Christian trying to uphold “Christian” values, I don’t believe Mike Huckabee would be talking about civil disobedience. In fact, if this were a situation where an atheist were denying a Christian his civil rights, Huckabee would be the first to chant that the law MUST be obeyed.
The stupidity, hypocrisy and arrogance of this idiot of a candidate seems to know no bounds. While I’m certain that he doesn’t have a snowballs chance of winning the Republican nomination, he is using his position of power and influence to stir up the bees nest of religious zealots, and that’s never good.
Regardless of one’s opinion on same-sex marriage, the law is the law and disregarding it because you simply don’t agree with it is not to be tolerated. Kim Davis may not grasp that, but someone running for the Presidency certainly should.