Mike Huckabee

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/14/14

Tony Perkins' Disingenuous Boycott 'Outrage'

On Saturday, Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins chatted about Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s decision to play down his opposition to marriage equality, with Perkins suggesting that he is a “coward.”

The two also stepped up their attack on gay rights and liberal activists who backed a boycott of the restaurant chain and said that they would never target businesses over their views on gay rights.

Huckabee said that “nobody” is targeting left-leaning CEOs like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, and Perkins charged that such boycotts wrongly “silence” political speech and undermine freedom and liberty.

Of course, Perkins was being totally disingenuous as he has personally endorsed several boycott campaigns…including a boycott of Starbucks over its stance on gay rights.

Perkins and his group, the Family Research Council, championed a boycott of Girl Scouts cookies, and helped lead boycott campaigns targeting companies like McDonalds and Wal-Mart [PDF] over their stances on gay rights.

Last year, Perkins called for a boycott of Betty Crocker after the company donated custom cakes to same-sex weddings after Minnesota approved marriage equality.

Despite this clear double standard, Perkins continues to get away with his claim that only gay rights advocates target businesses and that Religious Right activists — always the victim — would never ever do such a thing.

Right Wing Leftovers - 4/9/14

  • Mike Huckabee says that he is not anti-gay, he is just on "the right side of the Bible."
  • "[I]s Sarah Palin Relevant?, asks CBN's David Brody. "You betcha."
  • Louie Gohmert is now claiming that his infamous "cast aspersions on my asparagus" comment was an intentional joke.
  • "Coach" Dave Daubenmire wants to know, if gays are born that way, what about bisexuals, pedophiles, and those who practice bestiality?
  • Finally, what is the solution to drug and alcohol addiction? "Just Pray NO!"

Mike Huckabee's Hypocritical 'Hobby Lobby Day'

On Saturday, Mike Huckabee led a Hobby Lobby ‘buycott’ modeled on his campaign to support Chick-fil-A. Huckabee worked with the Family Research Council to promote the event, which coincided with Supreme Court arguments in Hobby Lobby’s suit to avoid the contraception coverage mandate, a case that Huckabee declared last week will determine “whether religious liberty still exists in America.”

“If religious liberty and freedom of conscience doesn’t exist for Hobby Lobby, how long will it be before it’s taken from you?” Huckabee asked on his Fox News program. “Enough of government thinking its God and trying to act like it.”

In that case, Huckabee must think that he himself is God: When he was governor of Arkansas, he signed an even broader contraception coverage mandate into law.

Bill Scher reports that “in 2005, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee signed a law mandating Arkansas insurance plans provide contraception coverage, including church-affiliated organizations such as hospitals and universities.”

Corporations like Hobby Lobby and other secular for-profits were not exempt under the Huckabee-approved law [PDF], which only exempted entities “organized and operated for religious purposes 16 and has received a § 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.”

As Laura Bassett of the Huffington Post notes, the Affordable Care Act actually goes farther in “carv[ing] out an exemption for religious schools, hospitals and nonprofits in addition to churches.”

Huckabee also falsely claimed that the federal mandate compels “business owners to pay for employees’ abortions”; the forms birth control covered by the mandate are neither abortions or abortifacients.

None of this, of course, is surprising coming from the politician who suggested that birth control is for women who “can’t control their libido.”

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Cruz, Huckabee & Abbott To Join Religious Right Leaders For Christian Nationalist Summit

The Texas state chapter of David Lane’s extremist American Renewal Project is set to host Sen. Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott, the state attorney general and GOP gubernatorial nominee, at a “Pastors’ Policy Briefing” next month. Cruz has also addressed the group’s chapters in Iowa and South Carolina, two early primary states.

Mike Huckabee, who like Cruz has also floated the possibility of running for president in 2016, will also appear at the event.

The Texas Freedom Network points out that at a Texas “Pastors’ Policy Briefing” in 2005, Dwight McKissic said that God used Hurricane Katrina “to purify our nation” from gay people.

Joining Cruz and Abbott will include Religious Right favorites including American Family Association founder Don Wildmon; pseudo-historian and anti-gay activist David Barton; anti-gay preacher Ken Graves; right-wing conspiracy theorist William Federer and Laurence White, who believes God is about to destroy America.

Huckabee: Deep In Their Hearts, Most Americans Know God Created This Nation

Mike Huckabee was only given ten minutes to speak at CPAC today, so he wanted to get right into talking about "the things that I know," foremost of which is that God created the United States and if the nation does not repent, it'll deserve to be destroyed just like Sodom and Gomorrah.

"If this nation forgets our God," Huckabee warned, "then God will have every right to forget us."

"There is no other way to explain our history," he continued, "other than by His hand of providence," adding that deep down in our hearts, most Americans know this to be true:

Religious Right Leader With GOP Ties Under Investigation For Sexual Harassment, Abuse Cover-up

Another leader of the right-wing Quiverfull movement is now in danger of losing his post over a sex scandal. Homeschooling advocate Bill Gothard has been put on administrative leave from the organization he heads, the Institute in Basic Life Principles, in response to allegations from thirty-four different women that he engaged in sexual harassment and failed to notify Child Protective Services about abuse claims.

The allegations against Gothard are chronicled on the website Recovering Grace, which aims to expose the activist’s record of “emotional, spiritual, and sexual abuse.”

The revelations about Gothard’s alleged misconduct are another blow to the patriarchal, anti-birth control Quiverfull movement, which suffered a setback last year when Vision Forum head Doug Phillips resigned because of an extramarital affair.

Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles has been championed by conservative figures including Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, who attended one of the institute’s conferences and adopted its “Character Cities” program as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Mike Huckabee has provided an endorsement of the group for its website: “As a person who has actually been through the Basic Seminar, I am confident that these are some of the best programs available for instilling character into the lives of people.” GOP mega-donor Jim Leininger was once a member of the IBLP’s advisory board.

TLC’s Duggar family are also followers of Gothard’s teachings on homeschooling and Quiverfull families, which teaches that “the husband is the undisputed leader of the family.”

After Gothard’s close ties to Florida congressman Daniel Webster became an issue in a 2010 congressional election, Sarah Posner released an exposé on how the IBLP promotes marital submission and cult-like practices.

She quoted critics who said Gothard instilled a “culture of fear” and preached “the terrible picture of the chain of command in the family with the husband as the hammer, the wife as the chisel and the children as the gems in the rough... The ghastly picture is that he beats on her and she chips on them.” One woman who belonged to the movement said that Gothard taught that women “don’t have any rights.”

He also claimed that he had an “ability to heal ‘stress’ and cancer” and instructed men on how to guard against Satanic attacks on his family.

Gothard taught that homosexuality would lead to the End Times:

He used the graphic of a thermometer to illustrate the moral temperature of society. The lowest and healthiest temperature was the ideal characterized by a spiritually moral society guided by the Laws of God. The next level up showing a rising unhealthy temperature was the development of concupiscence where the soulical natural man with his sensual cravings had begun to dominate and suppress the spiritual. The next level up representing the highest and most dangerous threat to a vibrant society was blatant perversion or homosexuality. Gothard said “That when a society reaches the point of condoning perversion, God will destroy that society” (Israel and Rome are examples from the past).

This wouldn’t be the first scandal for the Gothard family either, as “Gothard’s own brother, who worked for IBLP, was dismissed from his organization after it was discovered that he was having sex with students.”

The Baptist website Ethics Daily reported on abuse allegations stemming from the institute’s “cult-like” and “abusive” practices back in 2007.

One woman who recounted her experience working for Gothard on Recovering Grace said that IBLP board members were well aware of complaints from girls as young as fifteen-years-old:

What I did not know was that in the Summer and Fall of 1997, after the San Jose conference and around the time I arrived at Headquarters, the father of one of the young men on the San Jose trip had approached the IBLP Board with a spectrum of concerns about Gothard’s conduct, particularly his penchant for taking young girls on road trips and conducting himself in a questionable manner with them while on those trips. I do not know what Gothard’s verbal or written response was to the Board when presented with these concerns, but I know firsthand that his conduct with me and other young women did not alter in the months after the Board asked him to change his behavior. The other girls and I were all between 15 and 24 years of age.

I stayed and worked at Headquarters because it was too late for me to start college that year, and because I wanted to make a success of my first job. I stopped explaining away Gothard’s creepy and invasive behavior with young women, although I believed myself powerless to do anything about it. I repeatedly saw him initiate long hand-holding sessions with various young women on staff wherein he would rub and massage their hands as he gazed into their eyes. I heard him praise two of my housemates effusively for their “discipline of figure” after one of them lost weight during a serious illness and the other started exhibiting all symptoms of full-on anorexia nervosa, while other girls were “reassigned” from Headquarters for becoming too heavy. I tentatively discussed Gothard’s hyper-tactile behavior with girls who were or had been in my place. I saw girls rotate on and off of Gothard’s roster of favored companions and stopped trying to convince myself that every brush of his hand against a thigh must be a unique accident. There were always between two and six girls on this rotation, and I couldn’t figure out how to get off of it.

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Huckabee: Democrats Believe Women 'Can't Control Their Libido' Without 'Uncle Sugar'

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee claimed today that the GOP isn’t partaking in a “war on women,” and that it is actually Democrats who “insult the women of America” by making them believe they “can’t control their libido.”

Huckabee, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, made the remarks at a Republican National Committee summit just as the party has been stressing greater “sensitivity” to women voters.

The Fox News pundit claimed, “Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication” and rely on “Uncle Sugar providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido.”

As Dave Weigel noted, Huckabee has used the line before and “it's a crowd-pleaser, if only to a select audience.” 

Right Wing Leftovers - 1/22/14

  • Ralph Reed will soon unveil a new book, which Mike Huckabee promises will contain “the ultimate answer to what ails America.” 
  • Televangelist Rick Joyner is convinced that the “overwhelming evidence shows that the 2012 election was not a legitimate election.” 
  • MassResistance’s Brian Camenker wants the three openly gay Republican congressional candidates out of the GOP. 
  • Lastly, the Klansman who wanted to kill Muslims with a “weaponized radiation device” has been indicted.

Right Wing Leftovers - 1/17/14

  • Tom DeLay says "it’s just unbelievable and scary who this president thinks he is and the tyranny that he is beginning to inflict on the American people."
  • FRC prays for the passage of the State Marriage Protection Act "and that lawlessness will be restrained."
  • Focus on the Family's Jim Daly predicts that votes in Colorado will eventually repeal the legalization of marijuana.
  • Scott Lively declares that Martha Coakley "is complicit in the murders of these helpless children and unfit for public office.  I pray for her to repent from the evil of abortion advocacy and to use the power of her office to oppose and not facilitate the continuing abortion holocaust in this state."
  • Ken Blackwell believes that the Obama administration will go down as "the most anti-Christian, anti-Israel administration in United States history" because Obama is "quenching America's sacred fire."
  • Finally, Glenn Beck and David Barton handicap the possible GOP presidential nominees, with Beck declaring that he'll give up on politics if Mike Huckabee wins because Huckabee "is a giant progressive."

Duck the Halls: The Religious Right's Own War on Christmas

If you’re already tired of the Duck Dynasty flap, I have some bad news for you: Religious Right leaders aren’t going to drop it. On Christmas Eve, while millions of Americans were finishing Christmas preparations and gathering with loved ones, Janet Porter and Rick Scarborough were holding an emergency conference call to launch Porter’s latest gimmicky scheme: sending rubber ducks to A&E executives to protest the suspension of Phil Robertson.

Porter has been warning about a war on American Christians for years – she even wrote a book called The Criminalization of Christianity.  So she clearly sees this as her (current) last chance to save America.  Faith2Action has launched a website MailTheDuck.com, at which you can hand over your contact information to Porter so that she can send a postcard on your behalf to Nancy Dubuq, CEO of A&E Networks, declaring “You Can’t Camouflage Anti-Christian Bigotry!” The postcard demands an apology and warns of a boycott until Robertson is reinstated.  You can also fork over some cash if you want to send a rubber duck or ten to A&E to be sure they get the message.

The opening image of the website is, unfortunately, a big lie. It’s a picture of Robertson with the word FIRED stamped across it. In fact, Robertson hasn’t been fired for making offensive comments in a magazine interview, just suspended. Americans who have wanted to get their Duck on this week have been able to watch a Duck Dynasty marathon. Even WND, in its story on the project, notes: “According to Entertainment Weekly, sources close to the show report nine of the 10 remaining episodes of season four have already been shot, and the network has no plans to cut out the footage featuring the senior Robertson.”

But on the conference call Porter and Scarborough had with activists, freedom was hanging by a thread. Robertson’s suspension is “an atrocity,” “an attack on religious liberty” and an effort to “shut down Christians.” Faith itself is at risk of “being declared unlawful.” Porter even compared Robertson to the famous Chinese activist who stood in front of a tank (yeah, that’s just the kind of risk Robertson took by spouting off to GQ magazine). Porter says Americans can courageously stand with Robertson by sending  millions of ducks (probably made in China, come to think of it) to A&E.

Porter mentioned that she is working on a documentary about anti-Christian persecution. A caller who described herself as a former lesbian urged Porter to include the story of Lisa Miller, the woman who became a far-right folk hero when she kidnapped her child and fled the country rather than obeying court ordered custody arrangements involving Miller’s former partner.  Porter said Miller’s story is part of her film project.

Back to the ducks.  In addition to Scarborough’s Vision America, Porter’s new project is being cosponsored by the dominionist Oak Initiative (Porter is a board member) and by Liberty Counsel, the Religious Right legal group that used to represent Lisa Miller. Of course, Porter and Scarborough aren’t the only ones trying to cash in on the Duck Dynasty controversy. Among those who have launched  petitions are the National Organization for Marriage and Mike Huckabee.  Huckabee and Porter are longtime allies; she declared his 2008 presidential candidacy anointed by God.

Right Wing Leftovers - 12/17/13

Mike Huckabee, fresh off of ending is radio program, will soon be launching a website called "Huckabee Post" early next year. Dennis Prager laughably claims that "no religion practiced in America – indeed, no world religion – has ever banned interracial marriage."

Right Wing Leftovers - 12/16/13

Mike Huckabee is reportedly going to let God decide if he should run for president. How much do you want to bet the God tells him to run? Obviously, the cause of all these school shootings is lack of proper faith in God:

Flashback: Mike Huckabee Woos The Religious Right, Assuring Them 'I Come From You'

Yesterday, Mike Huckabee ended his daily radio program, fueling speculation that he did so in order to prepare to make another run for the White House in 2016. And judging by the spate of "Huckabee open to making another run" articles published today, there really can't be much doubt that that it exactly what he is intending to do.

Right Wing Leftovers - 12/6/13

  • Rick Santorum is the gift that keeps on giving, as he's now comparing the fight against Obamacare to Nelson Mandela's fight against apartheid.
  • Is Sarah Palin really penning Christmas messages for the radicals over at The Oak Initiative?
  • Peter LaBarbera is upset "to see House Speaker Boehner and other prominent Republicans backing openly homosexual candidates because these candidates are not going to serve the interest of the Republican Party if the party still claims to be pro-family."
  • Robert Knight says Republicans have to learn to fight back in the "war on women": "They've got to learn how to talk about these issues – and also not to be defensive about them, but to put their questioners on the defensive."
  • Finally, groups of pastors organized by David Lane will be meeting with Mike Huckabee in an effort to convince him to run for president.

Right Wing Leftovers - 12/2/13

  • The Christian Post reports that "Family Research Council President Tony Perkins led seven members of Congress known for their strong ties to evangelical Christians on a nine-day swing through Israel's Holy Land earlier this month, touring the country's most important religious sites and meeting with top-level Israeli officials."
  • Larry Pratt says people are buying weapons this time of year because they’re scared of Obama.
  • Glenn Beck is "convinced that Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s are put together through divine providence, that when we are humble enough, we will see the meaning of Christmas and we’ll be able to change our life in the new year." 
  • Mike Huckabee's audience is smaller than it appears.
  • Finally, Allen West claims that Obama administration has issued new air-quality restrictions in order to make in impossible to produce bullets as a form of "backdoor gun control." It's not true, of course.
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Mike Huckabee Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Monday 04/14/2014, 5:33pm
Hayes Brown @ Think Progress: Huckabee: There’s More Freedom In North Korea Than In The U.S. Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: Huckabee Slams Obama on Gay Marriage: Where Are His ‘Christian Convictions’? Chris Johnson @ The Washington Blade: Court rules against Ohio ban on same-sex marriage recognition. Caitlin MacNeal @ TPM: Blackburn: GOP 'Led The Fight For Women's Equality'. Eric Boehlert @ Media Matters: After Slamming Obama As "Lawless," Right-Wing Critics Cheer Lawless Rancher Waging "War" On Government. Jeremy... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Monday 04/14/2014, 11:35am
On Saturday, Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins chatted about Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s decision to play down his opposition to marriage equality, with Perkins suggesting that he is a “coward.” The two also stepped up their attack on gay rights and liberal activists who backed a boycott of the restaurant chain and said that they would never target businesses over their views on gay rights. Huckabee said that “nobody” is targeting left-leaning CEOs like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, and Perkins charged that such boycotts wrongly “silence” political... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 04/09/2014, 5:31pm
Mike Huckabee says that he is not anti-gay, he is just on "the right side of the Bible." "[I]s Sarah Palin Relevant?, asks CBN's David Brody. "You betcha." Louie Gohmert is now claiming that his infamous "cast aspersions on my asparagus" comment was an intentional joke. "Coach" Dave Daubenmire wants to know, if gays are born that way, what about bisexuals, pedophiles, and those who practice bestiality? Finally, what is the solution to drug and alcohol addiction? "Just Pray NO!" MORE >
Brian Tashman, Monday 03/31/2014, 10:50am
On Saturday, Mike Huckabee led a Hobby Lobby ‘buycott’ modeled on his campaign to support Chick-fil-A. Huckabee worked with the Family Research Council to promote the event, which coincided with Supreme Court arguments in Hobby Lobby’s suit to avoid the contraception coverage mandate, a case that Huckabee declared last week will determine “whether religious liberty still exists in America.” “If religious liberty and freedom of conscience doesn’t exist for Hobby Lobby, how long will it be before it’s taken from you?” Huckabee asked on his... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 03/13/2014, 5:34pm
Peter Montgomery @ Religion Dispatches: Global LGBT Recap: Francis's First Year; Homophobia and Development; African Activists Push Back. Matt Wilstein @ Mediaite: Huckabee at Pro-Life Gala: Opposing Abortion Is ‘How We Win Elections.’ Daniel Strauss @ TPM: Ted Cruz: Pro-Choicers Chant 'Hail, Satan' To Silence Opponents. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: New Jersey changes course on 9/11 relics. Gabriel Arana @ The American Prospect: Ezra Klein's Queer New Hire. David Edwards @ Raw Story: Pat Robertson: God shut off D.C. power as a ‘fun... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 03/11/2014, 5:34pm
Michael Keegan @ Huffington Post: CPAC: The Right-wing Woodstock or a Bad Family Reunion? Luke Brinker @ Equality Matters: What Media Outlets Should Know About The Bogus "Study" Smearing The Southern Poverty Law Center. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: When facts ‘can’t be true.’ Nora Caplan-Bricker @ TNR: Mike Huckabee Could Be President—If Only He Wanted It. David Ferguson @ Raw Story: Ann Coulter likens U.S. demographic shift to ‘being raped,’ blames Democrats. Clark Young @ Mediaite: Keith Ablow Strikes Again: This Time He... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 03/11/2014, 4:30pm
The Texas state chapter of David Lane’s extremist American Renewal Project is set to host Sen. Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott, the state attorney general and GOP gubernatorial nominee, at a “Pastors’ Policy Briefing” next month. Cruz has also addressed the group’s chapters in Iowa and South Carolina, two early primary states. Mike Huckabee, who like Cruz has also floated the possibility of running for president in 2016, will also appear at the event. The Texas Freedom Network points out that at a Texas “Pastors’ Policy Briefing” in 2005,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 03/07/2014, 11:50am
Mike Huckabee was only given ten minutes to speak at CPAC today, so he wanted to get right into talking about "the things that I know," foremost of which is that God created the United States and if the nation does not repent, it'll deserve to be destroyed just like Sodom and Gomorrah. "If this nation forgets our God," Huckabee warned, "then God will have every right to forget us." "There is no other way to explain our history," he continued, "other than by His hand of providence," adding that deep down in our hearts, most Americans know... MORE >