Huckabee: Non-Marital, Non-Pro-Creation Sex is as Wrong as Drunk Driving or Beating Your Wife

Although I’m well aware the Christian right holds such views, it’s difficult to believe that they think this mindset is so irreproachably correct that it can be spouted off boldly on the campaign trail and no moral person will reasonably find fault. Mike Huckabee equates any sex that would require contraception, whether to prevent pregnancy or disease, as wrong. I mean really, morally wrong. As wrong as domestic violence and drunk driving. He expounds that having sex with a condom is like hitting your wife “not as hard”, whereas abstaining would be like not hitting her at all.

Here’s what Huckabee says about funding safe-sex programs to fight AIDS in Africa. When asked if his religious views would prevent him from funding such programs he replied that encouraging safe sex was similar to encouraging people to not “drive as drunk” or telling domestic abusers to not hit “as hard…

If we really are serious about stopping a problem, whether it’s drunk driving…we don’t say “Don’t drive ‘as drunk’?” …This is an illogical thing that we apply to that one area that we don’t apply to any other area. And I’m open-minded to listen to all the arguments, if someone can convince me a little reckless behavior is OK. Maybe that’s the message. But it would seem to me that if we’re consistent in saying reckless behavior is, in fact, undesirable we should ask people to move their
behavior to the standard and not move the standard to the behavior…We don’t say that a little domestic violence is OK, just cut it down a little, just don’t hit quite as hard. We say it’s wrong.”

(From Huffington Post. Watch video here.)

Although every candidate has his or her foot-in-mouth moment (like, erm…Huckabee’s suicide joke), Huckabee used multiple and redundant examples to illustrate his point. Only a month ago he addressed this issue much more moderately. Fielding a question from CNN about AIDS in Africa, he admitted that having condoms “is certainly is more effective than not having them,” but stressed that people needed to be educated that condoms are not 100% effective.

Ironically, according to a CNN article:

Huckabee made the comments after speaking to a group of about 70 supporters at a restaurant in Columbia where the former Arkansas governor emphasized his consistent position on social issues.

“You’re not going to go to the Internet and find some YouTube moment of me saying something dramatically different…”

No, you’ll go on Huffington Post or any of the dozens of other sites now posting the video. He seems to be shifting his tactics and this perplexes me.

At at time where Hilary is doing interviews in Essence about Bill’s romantic side, and Obama clumsily tries to straddle the Evangelical black vote and the gay vote, candidates are pandering left and right because, as I’ve blogged, people often cast their vote on intangible feelings and nebulous faith. The right and wrong of this is another matter.

The point is, it appears the Christian far-right think their kind of anti-homosexual, anti-feminist, biblical-bound beliefs represent such a superior world-view that they need not pander at all. Can they believe they are so right that this un-couched approach will win an election, cure homosexuality, end abortion, and transform the country? I think they repeatedly see what they want to see and ignore everything else. Therefore, they must. So, keep talking Huckabee…


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