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Huckabee talks about gay marriage 'ick factor,' jokes about Pelosi affair

In a long New Yorker profile assessing his 2012 chances, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee explained his opposition to gay marriage: "We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn't work the same." But Huckabee was not above joking about the issue:

At times, he seems unable to resist the force of his own funniness. I joked with him once that I would write about his (fictitious) affair with Nancy Pelosi. He e-mailed back, "The only thing worse than a torrid affair with sweet, sweet Nancy would be a torrid affair with Helen Thomas. If those were my only options, I'd probably be FOR same-sex marriage!"

Huckabee earlier this year compared gay marriage to incest and polygamy.

Read the whole profile here.

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It's not a lifestyle choice...it's a birth defect.

Posted by: benniesgohome | June 23, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

The National Library of Medicine pubs confirm that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced in the first trimester of pregnancy, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, bearing no relation to an individuals ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work or to contribute to society.

From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Asociation and American Psychiatric Asociation have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors.

America's premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality.

Posted by: shadow_man | June 22, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

For those of you claiming homosexuality is a "lifestyle", that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differential-brain-activation.pdf
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146-gay-brains-structured-like-those-of-the-opposite-sex.html
Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_genes.html
http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k586276/

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

Posted by: shadow_man | June 22, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Leviticus is constantly taken out of context. These two lines do not condemn homosexuals when you examine Leviticus as a whole and relate the historical times.

Leviticus 18:22:
"You shall not lie with a male as those who lie with a female; it is an abomination."

Leviticus 20:13:
"If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death."

Both of these verses refer to heterosexuals who participated in fertility rituals in order to guarantee good crops and healthy flocks, not homosexuals, there is absolutely no mention of sexual orientation or homosexuality. Also, the word abomination was used for anything that was considered to be religiously unclean or dealing with any type idol worship.

The Hebrew word "toevah" was used in Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13. "Toevah" has been translated in our Bibles as "abomination" or "detestable". The "toevah" was used throughout the Old Testament for activity involving ethnic contamination and religious idolatry. "Toevah" refers to things that were ritually unclean - like eating pork.

It is significant that another Hebrew word, "zimah," also translated "abomination," which means intrinsic evil or evil by its very nature, was not used in Leviticus 18:22, or Leviticus 20:13.

It is also significant that female homosexual relationships are not mentioned in the old testament. That's because they aren't talking about sexual orientation, they are talking about idolatrous practices.

Homosexuality is not a sin.

Posted by: shadow_man | June 22, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

To those of you using the Bible as a weapon against homosexuality, you are wrong. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.


http://www.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/NotASin.htm
http://www.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homosexuality_print.html
http://www.christchapel.com/reclaiming.html
http://www.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php
http://www.gaychristian101.com/

Thats why Jesus never mentions it as well. There is nothing immoral, wrong, or sinful about being gay. Jesus, however, clearly states he HATES hypocrites. If you preach goodness, then promote hate and twist the words of the Bible, you are a hypocrite, and will be judged and sent to hell. Homosexuals will not go to hell, hypocrites will.

This is very similar to the religious bigots of the past, where they took Bible passages to condone slavery, keep women down, and used Bible passages to claim blacks as curses who should be enslaved by the white man. People used God to claim that blacks marrying whites was unnatural, and not of God's will.

Posted by: shadow_man | June 22, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

This is all they got? Pity the Republicans...

Posted by: arlwatcher | June 21, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Here's something with a high "ick factor": Huckabee having sex with anyone.

Posted by: beargulch | June 21, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Having an affair is a choice. Being gay isn't. Can't let scientific facts get in the way of what you choose to believe.

Posted by: thebobbob | June 21, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Gee, my Christian friend (who's a far better Christian than Huckabee ever thought of being), has no problem with homosexuality. Maybe it's because she worships a loving and forgiving God. Not a God of vengeance, war and greed. And someone please show just WHERE Jesus had anything to say about homosexuality. NOT Paul, Jesus.

Posted by: kewlbuwl | June 21, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

nah, believe it or not, elected officials and elected officials who have left office are supposed to "watch what they say publicly". It goes with the territory.
Even an "open mic" can get one in trouble.

Huckabee will never be taken seriously again in his life. Specially before a camera or a reporter's notebook.

Why throw it all away with stupid remarks and questionable behavior.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 21, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Such comments by those on the left about Mike Huckabee and his statement when it was their kind who originated the vilify, denigrate a person and their words mean little venue of attack. It makes me laugh when they show such anger when it is their own policy being used against them(at least they think it is).

So, should Mike have made the joke? In retrospect, probably not but is it really reason to bash him with such comments here? What I see is the usual take someone's comments and spin it into something else. Until those on the left stop calling names, insulting, etc, you should refrain from complaining about what the opposition says.

Posted by: gfafblifr | June 21, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

shabby:

You're kidding !!!!!

You know Huckabee was a fat slop before he lost weight. The nerve

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 21, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

jp1943, I like the way you think. Huckabee has a nerve commenting on anyone's appearance, he really should take a good look in the mirror. And I certainly don't like the idea that professional women who have earned their stripes are subject to his male chauvenism on TV. He's a PIG.

Posted by: CarmanK | June 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

jp1943, I like the way you think. Huckabee has a nerve commenting on anyone's appearance, he really should take a good look in the mirror. And I certainly don't like the idea that professional women who have earned their stripes are subject to his male chauvenism on TV. He's a PIG.

Posted by: CarmanK | June 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Having a relationship with Huckabee -- now there's an "ick factor."

Posted by: seaduck2001 | June 21, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Having a relationship with Huckabee -- now there's an "ick factor."

Posted by: seaduck2001 | June 21, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

in another interview on the thomas/pelosi issue, he changed his tune a bit.

"i didn't say either nancy or helen were 10's; what i said was together they were a 10, and that's the only way i'd do 'em."

really! google it!

Posted by: shabbyreader | June 21, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Rule number one to being a good conservative. Pick of group of Americans and DEMONIZE THEM. I've never understood this need to hate people.

Posted by: fairandbalanced | June 21, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

in another interview on the thomas/pelosi issue, he changed his tune a bit.

"i didn't say either nancy or helen were 10's; what i said was together they were a 10, and that's the only way i'd do 'em."

really! google it!

Posted by: shabbyreader | June 21, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

in another interview on the thomas/pelosi issue, he changed his tune a bit.

"i didn't say either nancy or helen were 10's; what i said was together they were a 10, and that's the only way i'd do 'em."

really! google it!

Posted by: shabbyreader | June 21, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

One must understrand that like most RepubliKKKan males, Mike owns his woman's reproductive rights. Sarah Palins is seriously dumb, but at her age even she would never have made the decision to have another child. She had no say in the matter, denials to the contrary.

RepubliKKKan women -- full of rage and lookin' to show it.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 21, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

and I'm guessing Pelosi would be a Lesbian if forced to join pie hole with Huckabee pie hole or privates....

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | June 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Like any dude would ever gay marry Mike Huckabee.

That said, if no dude would ever gay marry him, and if he would choose gay marriage over relations with Pelosi or Thomas, does this mean that he'd force a marriage with a man to avoid the two women?

...Fellas, if you're ever in a room with those three individuals, keep your backs to the wall.

Posted by: dkp01 | June 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

How revealing! Huckabee's focus remains right where most RepubliKKKans hold their focus -- their pants.
Hey, how 'bout a drink later -- Voyeurs?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Rex fuit Elizabeth, nunc est regina Jacobus "Elizabeth was King, now James is Queen"

Yes Huck...Old King James of of KJV Bible fame was considered a "boy toy" by his contemporaries.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Well Gosh! I had never considered that Huck's delicate sensibilities might be offended by what two people do in the privacy of their own bedroom! I guess all americans should treat each other like they are 12 year old girls and avoid all subjects that might be "icky"

And Heaven forbid either Nancy Pelosi or Helen Thomas would want to come within 20 feet of Huckabee's "icky" parts. What a HILARIOUS joke about physical appearance and a group who's civil rights you seek to deny for eternity! Get this man a television show! (Oh wait) Get this man the highest elected office in the nation!

Posted by: jbanks979 | June 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

For the first two weeks I was aware that there was a Mike Huckabee, he seemed interesting. Now I prayerfully thank the creator that this boorish nincompoop has about risen as far as he is capable of rising.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 21, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Huckabee,

The first step is to own your gay tendencies. Then watch a documentary called BANKING ON HEAVEN and go after the real culprits, polygamists who prey on young girls.

Sincerely,

X-polygamist wife

Posted by: PoeticJustice1 | June 21, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Huckabee,

The first step is to own your gay tendencies. Then watch a documentary called BANKING ON HEAVEN and go after the real culprits, polygamists who prey on young girls.

Sincerely,

X-polygamist wife

Posted by: PoeticJustice1 | June 21, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This man is suppose to be a Christian? His joking around in this way has the "ick factor" and certainly is not Christian.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | June 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

This man is suppose to be a Christian? His joking around in this way has the "ick factor" and certainly is not Christian.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | June 21, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

This man is suppose to be a Christian? His joking around in this way has the "ick factor" and certainly is not Christian.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | June 21, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

fr jackets:

>God also called it an "abomination"...

Jesus NEVER mentioned homosexuality.

My WIFE and I are NOT an "abomination". However, homophobia IS.

Posted by: Alex511 | June 21, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Jackets writes about "beautiful Republican women" who are smart. Who are they?
Conservatives are starting to bore me. You people don't really want what you say you want. If you got it, you wouldn't have any issues to run on. None that would appeal to fools like this Jackets thing.

Posted by: jlhare1 | June 21, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If you want to talk serious Ick factor, imagine your parents or grandparents having sex.
I think we need to outlaw parental sex now and forever. its the most disgusting thing I can imagine. If you like the idea of your parents having sex, you are one twisted sick individual.
And while we are at it, there should be a weight limit too.
Only slim teens between the ages of 18 and 23 should be allowed to have sex, and only with the lights out and only for the purpose of having a baby. They also should be required to shower before and after and everyone older then 23 should have their genitalia forceably removed.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 21, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how politicians, after they work hard (that could be doubtful too on the hard work)...
or spend the family fortune--
to get elected or in a power position....
blow it.
It's like "did your life pass before your eyes" and you didn't recognize it.
In a New York second, their careers and dreams are shattered by a stupid quote or a stupid action.

Like Barton apologizing.

The "shadow of scandal" hangs over one forever. Even like Kobe. Win the title again, but we can't ever forget about the Kobe scandal.

Larry Craig
Mark Sanford
Mark Foley

They destroy themselves.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

While I disagree with Huckabee's stance, his joke was kind of funny.

Posted by: johng1 | June 21, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I vote for same sex marriage.

It is not a matter of biblical implications.
It is a matter of choice.

Just like Roe vs Wade.
Did he joke about that one?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is a Neaderthal male from another era who should be relegated to the political dustbin of history.

Posted by: markiejoe | June 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Although Huckabee has an affable personality he is nevertheless an ignorant fool. He should be content with his Fox television show as he will never be elected to national office.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm surprised Huckabee was able to get married himself, because when I see him on TV, I can't imagine any woman getting over the "ick" factor of how hideous he is.

Posted by: rhadamanthus | June 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, I have a pretty high ick factor thinking of Huckabee having sex too.

Or serving in office.

Posted by: sarahabc | June 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee has moved too far to the Right for me but I suppose everyone has to earn a living. Yes, give the customers what they want and they will keep coming back for more. I was going to type that Huck has not disappointed me as a true blue blood Republican Loyalist (like back East) but I was surprised to hear a Preacher say put your faith in the Constitution [before God]. If parties refuse to uphold our Constitution and our fellow Patriots are labeled as traitors by angry reactionary right radicals, who will save the Country for real ?

Posted by: truthhurts | June 21, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

sbarnett524 quotes scripture in defense of the bigot, Huckabee, and appends the citation with "King James Version." Bubba, King James was a homosexual. I would point out to you how deliciously ironic that is but it would require you to know the meaning of ironic. Dufus.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | June 21, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

And he proclaims to be a Christian.

Posted by: jlr6111 | June 21, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

sbarnett524 quotes scripture in defense of the bigot, Huckabee, and appends the citation with "King James Version." Bubba, King James was a homosexual. I would point out to you how deliciously ironic that is but it would require you to know the meaning of ironic. Dufus.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | June 21, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree what Huckabee said was homophobic and reprehensible but he is playing to his audience which, judging by the 2008 presidential election results, represents the views and opinions of at least 47% of the American electorate.

Posted by: montana123 | June 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Is in-breading what they do at KFC?

Posted by: Jeff08 | June 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee is the ICK factor here. He has nothing to contribute to anything so he resorts to name calling. Good job Icy Mike- you've lost any chance you had to get the votes of women and gays. Just goes to show you that in-breading is a bad thing.

Posted by: lsf07 | June 21, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What a dinosaur. And I bet he doesn't even believe in evoluton.

Posted by: alarico | June 21, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Ya know, I had thought Hackabee was the lone voice of reason in the GOP...but everytime he opens his pie-hole, he disappoints.

This guy is a Preacher and he talks about this stuff like he's a X-rated comedian?

He won't finish. Just another shouting head on Fox News...another teabagger with a paycheck. Too bad. He started out good.

Posted by: free-donny | June 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

There are certainly a lot of gays & lesbos who read this site. I can think of a lot worse things than being disliked by a bunch of gays a lesbos. I'm sure he is not to worried about that sector of the population.

Posted by: tbrown17 | June 21, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Abraham Lincoln once said "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubts".
Bye Bye Mike, you have no chance.

Posted by: jp1943 | June 21, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Abraham Lincoln once said "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubts".
Bye Bye Mike, you have no chance.

Posted by: jp1943 | June 21, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee is the ICK factor. He has nothing of substance to offer about any issues and resorts to sexist and homophobic name calling. Good job Mike- you are insuring that you won't hold any high level office- I'm sure not to vote for you!!

Posted by: lsf07 | June 21, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Dear "Jackets", I think you should have read further, at least to Romans 2.

"Romans 2:1: "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." (King James Version"

Posted by: sbarnett524 | June 21, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

jeez, indeed, it should read "energy."

Posted by: cornetmustich | June 21, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Jeez, it's time for the sexually phobic and flat earthers to find another issue to focus their time and engergy on in the 21st century.

Onward, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
Washington, Connecticut, USA.

Posted by: cornetmustich | June 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I like Mike Huckabee, and I might have even voted for him if he had won his party's nomination.

I love the fact that Huckabee knows how to have fun, even make a joke.

But the LACK of Huckabee having anything substantive to say has to bother people.

No suggestions of how to make this a better country, get over the debt crisis handed to us a la the Bush Administration, not a clue on the Gulf Oil Spill, and this guy wants to be what? President?

Uh, no.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

If there's an "ick factor" here, it's Huckabee holding forth on the subjects of marriage and gay couples. He knows nothing about either and should keep his icky opinions to himself.

Posted by: MelanieMassengale | June 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Read the first chapter of Romans and then tell me if it's ok for a man to lie with a man and a woman with a woman. Now, if you don't accept this as God's plan for mankind, then we have nothing further to discuss. Take it up with God.

Posted by: Jackets
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Like RepuBPlicans who adore quoting the Rasmussen Poll and RNC Fox News to make their arguments, this "Christian" delusionally assumes his cherry-picked scriptures have credibility with and authority over all the rest of us.

Take your Bible and go primp, pray, pose, posture, pretend and pimp poor old Jesus with your own on Sunday and keep your theocratic ambitions of a Huckabee Jesuslandia to yourselves.
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Posted by: areyousaying | June 21, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

@ Jackets, Leviticus supports slavery, raping virgins and stoning unruly children.

Either you live by all of it or none it.

Posted by: bobbarnes | June 21, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Abomination"? The Hebrew word "toevah" is more correctly translated as "gauche" or "faux pas." The list of "sins" is really a Hebrew etiquette guide for how to be a good Hebrew rather than a one of the socially inept foreigners. Same sex relations are no more a sin than picking your nose in public. The problem with Christianists is that they cherrypick the Bible for particular "sins," emphasizing "toevah" in order to justify their homophobia.

Posted by: MelanieMassengale | June 21, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I think Mike should alter one letter in his last name. Change the H to an F and go do exactly that. He is a sadistical moron. Jesus was a carpenter and if he made great tables, additions, book cases, etc. he would have known all the gay men in Nazarath and they would have been his friends.

Posted by: farfel37 | June 21, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee once again demonstrates he is an intolerant inbred cousin of his fellow Baptist Fred Phelps.

Posted by: areyousaying | June 21, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Logical argument? The U.S. is governed by its Constitution, not by Leviticus, Romans, or any other religious document. What matters is equal protection under the law, guaranteed to ALL American citizens by the 14th Amendment. Now if you don't accept that, then I suggest you move to a country ruled by theocracy. How about Iran?

Posted by: MelanieMassengale | June 21, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I think Mike should alter one letter in his last name. Change the H to an F and go do exactly that. He is a sadistical moron. Jesus was a carpenter and if he made great tables, additions, book cases, etc. he would have known all the gay men in Nazarath and they would have been his friends.

Posted by: farfel37 | June 21, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@ Jackets: Actually a majority of those under the age of 40 support same-sex marriage. If those under 30 were the only ones voting, same-sex marriage would be legal in 40 states:

http://contexts.org/socimages/2009/11/05/support-for-same-sex-marriage-by-age-and-state/

So enjoy your bigotry while it lasts. Based on that graph, your days are numbers… (homophobic) senior citizens tend to die more often than (tolerant) 30 year olds, don't you think?

Posted by: obtusegoose | June 21, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, let's talk about Republican women, nothing but trophy wives and Fox anchors without a hint of intelligence. Because as everyone ought to know, the GOP is all about symbols over substance. Republicans wipe their feet with the Constitution, use the cross as a cudgel, and elevate the flag to levels of importance beyond any that a symbol ought to have, almost assigning it Jesus-like properties. So, really, the ideal Republican woman is beautiful to look at and doesn't have a shred of originality or intelligence in her head, because that would imply disagreement, contention and independence -- which Republicans truly despise. Obey!

Posted by: delatopia | June 21, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, let's talk about Republican women, nothing but trophy wives and Fox anchors without a hint of intelligence. Because as everyone ought to know, the GOP is all about symbols over substance. Republicans wipe their feet with the Constitution, use the cross as a cudgel, and elevate the flag to levels of importance beyond any that a symbol ought to have, almost assigning it Jesus-like properties. So, really, the ideal Republican woman is beautiful to look at and doesn't have a shred of originality or intelligence in her head, because that would imply disagreement, contention and independence -- which Republicans truly despise. Obey!

Posted by: delatopia | June 21, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Logical argument? Here's one. Read the first chapter of Romans and then tell me if it's ok for a man to lie with a man and a woman with a woman. Now, if you don't accept this as God's plan for mankind, then we have nothing further to discuss. Take it up with God.

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 11:20 AM
_______________________________________

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus
35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses.
Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.
19:27. How should they die?

9... I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16.
Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia

Posted by: army164 | June 21, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

God also called it an "abomination". I know, I know, I'm one of those intolerant people the left always talk about but never listen to themselves in their intolerance. Life is about choices...gays go against the natural use of the body and according to scripture, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do what is convenient for them.

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Logical argument? Here's one. Read the first chapter of Romans and then tell me if it's ok for a man to lie with a man and a woman with a woman. Now, if you don't accept this as God's plan for mankind, then we have nothing further to discuss. Take it up with God.

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect from the inbred idiot from Arkansas?

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | June 21, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Here we go again. The man has no logical argumenst, so he resorts to name calling.It's all he knows how to do. So, bravo, Mike. I am so impressed with your intellect. And, btw: the "ick" factor works both ways.

Posted by: pjlsan | June 21, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

In pre 1967 Loving vs Va. America Gomer Huckabee would be refering to interracial marriage as the "ick factor"

Posted by: MerrillFrank | June 21, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Yikes, the very thought of a two some with Nancy and Helen makes me ill. Those two faces would make a freight train take a dirt road. God, are there any beautiful women in the Democratic Party? They can't compare to the beautiful Republican women and smart as well. Not like that "please don't call me ma'm Boxer" as she insulted one of our great military people. The libs go out of their way to insult people.

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Hey Helper, how so and don't give me the WMD thing. Everyone knows that all major world intelligence agencies said Sadaam had them and he had used them. What else do you have in mind? Waterboarding...I loved it. He did keep your liberal ass safe for 7 years. See, Obama has us using this word now kinda like Clinton and his "I didn't have sex with that woman" which opened a whole new world for young people and sex. What a guy Slick was!

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Allegedly, in a victory for good taste, both Nancy and Helen turned Huck down.

Posted by: waltonr1 | June 21, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

That's a twofer: homophobia and gynophobia in the same comment. Well played, Mr. H.

Posted by: mattintx | June 21, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Lakewood = no Huckabee nomination.

Lakewood = Romney nomination.

Lakewood = Obama vs Romney
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Romney will have an extremely difficult time saying
"MA health plan good, US health plan bad"

It is a distinction without a difference and it removes the one potential Obama vulnerability. I think the vulnerability is only because the full effect won't have kicked in by then and while the plan will have stopped the health care crisis from getting worse, it won't have made it drastically better.

Obama 2012!!!

We might as well start picking for 2016, this one (2012) is in the bag.

Posted by: cyberfool | June 21, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"Cavilier remarks"....have you forgotten about some of Obama's to include the recent "looking for some ass to kick". I call it un-Presidential and demeaning to the office. Have you forgotten his "cavilier remark" about "special olympics? Now that was insensitive for sure. How about "my grandmother is a typical white person". Shall we continue on? Your man is not as bright as you would have us believe.

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Umm...if the previous Republican administration did not cheapen the office of the president then it is fireproof.

Posted by: helper54 | June 21, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

A "narrow view"? Are you kidding. A majority of Americans believe marriage should between a man and a woman. God made them "male and female". Case closed. God did make us with "parts" to enable us to multiply. Sorry, but this isn't a "narrow" view. Your's is!

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Uh "cheap seats"? You must be kidding. The people in his TV audience look like successful people who do not want to live under Socialism and oppression which is coming from the Obama White House. Huckaby has BEEN A GOVERNOR, TV HOST, even a spiritual leader. What has Obama done? Part time senator and COMMUNITY ORGANIZER. Something doesn't compute. Huckaby would beat Obama in a debate hands down.

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Huckabee's narrow view of marriage is an insult to all those gay couples that have been together in monogamous relationships for decades. It's disingenuous for him to say that gay couples shouldn't be allowed to marry because their parts don't fit together (meaning they can't procreate). Opposite-sex couples are NOT required to have offspring when they marry, and some straight couples are incapable of procreating, or simply don't wish to. While other couples (accidentally) procreate without being married.

I do think Mike did a good job explaining the Yes on 8 vote: the ick factor. Unfortunately for Mike (and half of California), personal discomfort is not a legal reason to deny a group of citizens their civil rights.

Posted by: obtusegoose | June 21, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this. It's ok for the vicious left to say dastardly things about conservative women but when Huckaby jokes about Pelosi and Thomas, you don't like it. No comparison. Republican women are beautiful and successful and it eats you libs up. For the record, I agree with Huckaby.

Posted by: Jackets | June 21, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee is a totally loathsome individual. Four police officers in Lakewood, Washington, were murdered because he pardoned their killer, Maurice Clemmons, when clear evidence demonstrated he would be putting a dangerous sociopath on the streets. Huckabee has no more sense than a box of rocks. He is totally unfit to serve in any public office. The man should be ashamed of himself for deriding others in print like this.

Posted by: buzznet | June 21, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The difference between Huckabee's comment and the hate spewing comments from the left, is that Huckabee is actually funny. Lighten up. As for Griffon; The many times that Obama issues statements, such as his "kick ass" statement, has he denigrated and cheapened the office of the President.

Posted by: jontva | June 21, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The difference between Huckabee's comment and the hate spewing comments from the left, is that Huckabee is actually funny. Lighten up.

Posted by: jontva | June 21, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee raises the "ick factor" of his already creepy and unjustified national political stature with these crass remarks. He never fails to play to the cheapest seats. The Ds should be so lucky as to have him for an opponent in '12.

Posted by: nc1123 | June 21, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Another Republican with the mind of a middle-schooler.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 21, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I am telling you these men are horrific, who sprew their hatred as if it were funny or some off the wall joke...yeah really...what's funny is your lard azzzzz will never be president..now that's funny

Posted by: janetmramos | June 21, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I am telling you these men are horrific, who sprew their hatred as if it were funny or some off the wall joke...yeah really...what's funny is your lard azzzzz will never be president..now that's funny

Posted by: janetmramos | June 21, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

As for Mr. Huckabee's comments, it seems incredible to me that one who might again seek the highest office in the US, can be so cavalier with his remarks. Respectively, who

Posted by: GriffonWHO | June 21, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

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