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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 07:41 PM
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Huckabee believes strange things

Huckabee believes strange things

12.08.07 -- 5:00PM
By Steve Benen

It's probably fair to say that Mike Huckabee has had a strange week. On the one hand, he's been surging in the polls, picking up religious right endorsements, and is now considered the frontrunner in the Iowa caucuses. On the other hand, he's been caught lying about the Wayne Dumond scandal, he's proven that has no idea what the National Intelligence Estimate is, he's completed a dramatic flip-flop on immigration policy, and he's presented himself as literally God's own anointed presidential candidate.

It's created an odd political dynamic -- a folksy Baptist preacher who can charm radical Christian fundamentalists and DC media establishment types like David Broder and David Brooks with equal ease.

There's one detail, though, that the prior group appreciates and the latter group ignores: Mike Huckabee has some very odd beliefs. He rejects modern biology; he's argued publicly that Roe v. Wade may have created an immigration problem; and he's said that if a man and a woman live together outside of marriage, they're engaging in a "demeaning ... alternate lifestyle."

Today, the AP picks up on one of Huckabee's other more unusual social beliefs (which the fine folks at Right Wing Watch began publicizing a few days ago).

Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could "pose a dangerous public health risk."

As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies.

"If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague (from the general population)," Huckabee wrote.

In the same questionnaire, Huckabee added, "I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk."

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He really needs to have a talk with Larry Craig and the GOP Senate leadership!

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PufPuf23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 07:45 PM
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1. "I feel fundamentalist Christianity is an aberrant, unnatural, and
sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk"
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BearSquirrel2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:10 PM
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5. I concur ...

I believe that fundamentalist Christians are the #1 threat to Democracy. Their not so secret goal is to transform our secular Democracy into a Theocracy.

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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 07:45 PM
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2. Can you imagine his supreme court nominees?
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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:02 PM
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3. If all the uber lefties do what they say
and go home in a snit because 2% Dennis isn't the Dem nominee we won't have to imagine.

Just like we don't have to imagine what the difference between "Tweedledum" and "Tweedledee" really is.

Most of us have learned....
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:06 PM
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4. When push comes to shove, I don't think they will waste their vote.
The SCOTUS is just too important.
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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:11 PM
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6. Hope you're right. Doubt it but hope
I have 97000 reasons in Florida alone to doubt it.
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:14 PM
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7. We should be afraid of Mike Huckabee.
Edited on Sat Dec-08-07 08:14 PM by bleever
Not as a candidate; just as a person.
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brazos121200 Donating Member (626 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:31 PM
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8. The fundamentalists want the end of the world "armageddon" and
as soon as possible, and they are willing to do what is necessary to bring it on. That is scary. I think one of Bush's main reasons for wanting to attack Iran was to bring on the final days. Fortunately, steps were taken this time to head off such insanity.
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