I would consider this statement to be an example of why Mike Huckabee is unfit to lead the country but realize different people will see this differently. This stems from fundamentally different values. Those of us who hold liberal values defend an individual’s right to live their life as they see fit. In contrast conservatives, while engaging in Orwellian distortions of words such as freedom, prefer to use the power of government and religious institutions to tell people how to live.
Mike Huckabee believes that gay people are unfit to adopt children and believes that gay couples shouldn’t be able to get married because it would be like accommodating drug habits of addicts. At least he does believe an atheist is fit to be president. This is from an interview in the College of New Jersey’s magazine The Perspective:
He continues to oppose any government recognition of same-sex relationships. Even civil unions are “not necessary,” Huckabee said. “I think there’s been a real level of being disingenuous on the part of the gay and lesbian community with their goal of civil unions,” he alleged, referring to LGBT activists who first claimed that their goal in several states was to enact civil unions, but subsequently launched efforts to implement full marriage rights.
Huckabee went on to draw parallels between homosexuality and other lifestyles that are considered by some to be morally aberrant. “You don’t go ahead and accommodate every behavioral pattern that is against the ideal,” he said of same-sex marriage. “That would be like saying, well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want who use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, so we should accommodate them.”
He also affirmed support for a law in Arkansas that prohibits same-sex couples from becoming adoptive or foster parents. “I think this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change the basic fundamental definitions of family,” Huckabee said. “And always we should act in the best interest of the children, not in the seeming interest of the adults.”
“Children are not puppies,” he continued. “This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?”
In what may come as a surprise for some, Huckabee agreed that an atheist could be fit to serve as president. “I’d rather have an honest atheist than a dishonest religious person,” he said.
“It’s better to have a person who says, ‘Look, I just don’t believe, and that’s where my honest position happens to be,’” he said. “I’m frankly more OK with that than a person who says, ‘Oh, I am very much a Christian. I very much love God.’ And then they live as if they are atheists, as if they have no moral groundings at all. That’s more troubling.”
“I think it’s nice if a person believes in God,” Huckabee said. “I’d hate to think somebody was making decisions who thought that he couldn’t be higher than himself.”
I am surprised to see Huckabee’s comments on an atheist being fit to be president. After all, as is even stipulated in the Constitution, there should not be a religious test for office. However, while someone is certainly legally qualified to be president, someone who has such discriminatory views towards a portion of the country is not ethically fit to govern.