Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Are you kidding me?

Thanks to Pharyngula for pointing to this amazing statement from Mike Huckabee: he wants to amend the Constitution "so it's in God's standards". Pharyngula's blog entry has a link to yesterday's RawStory post about Huckabee's speech, which includes a video clip of the relevant broadcast footage and subsequent lame-o discussion on MSNBC's Morning Joe).
It's been apparent from the beginning of his campaign that Huckabee's a Republican fundamentalist douchebag of the highest order, but this is way over the top. No one should be fooled by his "Jess Folks" likability; Huckabee is flat out dangerous. Although ultimately he's not expected to win the Republican nomination (his 3rd place finish in Michigan is more likely to be typical), the fact he can get enough delegate votes in any state (e.g., Iowa) to be a serious contender is frightening. The discussion thread underneath Pharyngula's post is already 200+ since Tuesday evening, and still growing.
You might want to ask yourself just why there is no mention of god in the Constitution. Alexander Hamilton is supposed to have addressed the question directly with the answer "We forgot." Although this is an unconfirmed quote, this was doubtless not an accidental omission. Though clearly most of the revolutionary founders of the American Republic were nominal Christians, the majority were free-thinkers, theistic rationalists and the like, heavily influenced by the Enlightenment's focus on demonstrable evidence and reason. They were decidedly uninterested in establishing a "Christian Nation"; I don't see how their intentions could made be any more clear than is stated in the first sentence of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...." This is precisely what Huckabee proposes needs to be changed. What the fuck is he talking about?

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