Mike Huckabee Gets Slapped by the Hand of God
God, it is often said, works in mysterious ways. Just ask Mike Huckabee. After all, the Baptist minister turned Arkansas governor turned Fox News host responded to the Supreme Court's marriage equality decisions this week by lamenting, "Jesus wept." But back in 2008, Huckabee had a different reaction to the passage of Proposition 8 that ended same sex marriage in California. That, he suggested, was "a miracle from God's hand."
Huckabee has long taken a principled stand against the relationships of gay Americas, that principle being what he more than once called "the ick factor." In 1992, he called for AIDS victims to be quarantined, years after even Ronald Reagan had rejected the same preposterous proposal. The man who entered politics to "take this nation back for Christ" declared during his 2008 presidential campaign that "what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than trying to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family."
So after California voters narrowly passed Proposition 8 in November 2008, Governor Huckabee was quick to give credit to the Almighty (around the 30 second mark above).
Joining Gingrich and Iran-Contra villain turned Fox News regular Oliver North at Rock Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia, the former Baptist Minister and 2012 White House hopeful testified to God's role in furthering both the American Revolution and Huckabee's own reactionary social policies. As the Virginia Pilot recounted:
"The notion that we are just one of many among equals is nonsense," Huckabee said. The United States is a "blessed" nation, he said, calling American revolutionaries' defeat of the British empire "a miracle from God's hand."
The same kind of miracle, he said, led California voters to approve Proposition 8, which overturned a state law legalizing same-sex marriages.
Voters "did it because some things are right and some things are wrong and they had to make a stand."
And God, in the Governor's telling, stands with Mike Huckabee.
Back in December 2007, Huckabee attributed his dramatic surge in Iowa, a state he later won, to His divine intervention:
"There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one. It's the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people and that's the only way that our campaign could be doing what it's doing.
And I'm not being facetious nor am I trying to be trite. There literally are thousands of people across who are praying that a little will become much and it has, and it defies all explanation. It has confounded the pundits, and I'm enjoying every minute of their trying to figure it out. And until they look at it from a just experience beyond human, they'll never figure it out. And that's probably just as well. That's honestly why it's happening."
Huckabee similarly gave the Lord props for his strong debate performances during the GOP primaries. Asked by BeliefNet if there were any moments during the campaign when he felt God's presence, Huckabee replied:
"Oh, absolutely. Especially some times in the debates when I get asked some question and I'm thinking, 'Oh my'...I felt like the Lord truly gave me wisdom and responses that were truly needed at that time."
As it turns out, Huckabee's communication with the Almighty goes both ways. Mike Huckabee doesn't merely follow Him on Twitter; he sends God direct messages as well/
Addressing a 2004 gathering of Republican governors, Huckabee playfully took a cell phone call from God, promising Him GOP support of His platform while assuming His backing for the Republican Party and President George W. Bush:
"We're behind [Bush], yes, sir, we sure are. Yes, sir, we know you don't take sides in the election. But, if you did, we kind of think you'd hang in there with us, Lord, we really do."
And as he revealed over a decade ago, the Governor doesn't just speak to God, he speaks for Him. At the CNN/YouTube debate in November 2007, Huckabee adroitly deflected a question on Jesus' position on the death penalty, announcing to applause from the GOP faithful that "Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office." But ten years earlier in 1997, Huckabee claimed unique insight into Christ's likely support for capital punishment:
"Interestingly enough, 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.'"
Judging by this week's rulings at the Supreme Court, God is no longer taking Mike Huckabee's calls. The Lord giveth, He taketh away. And as Governor Huckabee learned the hard way this week, sometimes He just giveth the back of His hand.