Monday, February 18, 2008

Mike Huckabee: The pro-life fraud

Mike Huckabee is a pro-life fraud. Big time.

The Baptist preacher who pounds the shoe against abortion as Governor of Arkansas presided over 16 executions.

Now I'm no fan of criminals -- especially those who kill people -- and if one gets blown away during or fleeing from the commission of the crime, that's an occupational hazard voluntarily undertaken.

But the state-sanctioned controlled execution of another human being -- a process rejected here in Wisconsin in 1853 after the 1851 hanging of John McCaffry in Kenosha -- is another story.

A caveat: this is not -- and will not be -- a forum on the death penalty. I'm very happy to debate that on many levels but this isn't the time or place. What is at issue is how one under Christian auspices opposes abortion under the belief in the sanctity of life and then switches gears and not only supports but enables capital punishment.

Huckabee's moral inconsistency was well-chronicled by Arkansas newspaper columnist Gene Lyons who wrote:

"On the eve of Arkansas' recent triple execution, Huckabee made an appearance on an AETN call-in program broadcast statewide. A caller confronted him with a touchy question: How, how, as a minister of the Gospel, could he justify the state-sanctioned taking of life given the Bible's many injunctions against slaughter and in favor of the Christian virtue of forgiveness?
Huckabee responded almost flippantly. First he cited Genesis to the effect that those who do violence will have violence done to them. Next he claimed that there exist both Old and New Testament passages that support capital punishment, although he failed to cite any."


It gets worse.

"Interestingly enough," Huckabee allowed, "If there was ever an occasion for someone to have argued against the death penalty, I think Jesus could have done so on the cross and said, 'This is an unjust punishment and I deserve clemency'."

But Jesus, Huckabee implied, didn't quibble. He took his crucifixion like a man, thereby signifying that he personally had no problem at all with the death penalty. And if Jesus himself went along, who was the mere governor of Arkansas to argue?

And this duplicid huckster wants to be the next commander-in-chief?

Now there are many folks who honestly favor capital punishment. They are entitled to their opinion. So is Mike Huckabee.

But when you hold yourself out as a man of the cloth who invokes moral authority to say that repealing Roe v. Wade is the nation's highest priority and aggressivly pander to the pro-life voters, then you must be held accountable for your immoral inconsistency.

Mike Huckabee has about as much authority to call himself pro-life as the inventor of the Burker King Whopper would have claiming to be pro-nutrition.

And, for the record, I think Roe v. Wade is flawed legal logic and abortion a sign of societal failure. I also believe capital punishment is morally wrong on many levels and likewise a societal and legal failure.

But you can't invoke the sanctity of human life selectively or flippantly. Huckabee has and that makes him a pro-life fraud. And if you don't like my opinion, too bad.

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