In further evidence that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is mulling another presidential bid in 2016, he recently made an appearance in Iowa – a state that not only holds significant influence in shaping the field of candidates but effectively put him on the map among 2008 GOP contenders.
He spoke to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition during the organization’s spring fundraiser. During his comments, he attempted to set the record straight by responding to those who consider his biblical stance on same-sex marriage to be a sign of his intolerance.
“I’m not a hater,” he declared. “I’m not homophobic.”
The ordained Baptist minister explained that he is merely abiding by the guidelines God prescribed in the Holy Bible – rules that have helped shaped mankind’s moral compass for thousands of years. He sent a clear message to those who call on him to change his views based on societal evolution.
“You’ve got to understand,” he tells such critics, “this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history; this is the right side of the Bible – and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it’s not my book to change.”
While Huckabee said he doesn’t care what free citizens do in private, he cannot compromise his beliefs. He lamented the fact that American Christians too often do exactly that.
“Why is it that Christians stand back and take it in the teeth time and time and time again?” he asked. “But we cannot change this country if we do not rise up and vote with an informed mind and a committed spirit and if we’re not willing to stand along.”
Two separate polls show that, with two years until the presidential race gets under way in earnest, Huckabee enjoys an early lead over most of his likely GOP rivals. His refreshing defense of faith, something altogether lacking across much of the political realm, is obviously a refreshing change for many members of his party.
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