Monday, December 10, 2007
Lying for Jesus
So, Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee wants to be President. Too bad about that ugly past of yours, preacher man. First up were the allegations that he pressured the Arkansas parole board to release a convicted rapist for partisan political reasons. The rapist went on to rape and murder at least one other woman. The Huckster denies any wrongdoing today, of course, but Huffington Post has the whole ugly story. It's worth a read.
Next up is Huckabee's compassionate conservatism towards people with AIDS. In 1992, the good parson said that people with AIDS should be "isolated from the general population" and that homosexuality is an abhorrent lifestyle that poses a "significant danger" to society. When confronted with those statements this weekend, he lied. Badly. He told Chris Wallace on Fox News that there was a lot of panic about AIDS in 1992 and little was known about the disease. Even Wallace called him out and said that by 1992 it was well accepted that AIDS couldn't be transmitted by casual contact. When Fox News thinks you've gone too far, you really are over the cliff. Hell, this was 5 years after even Ronald Reagan mentioned the word AIDS and said publicly that the fears surrounding AIDS were unfounded. Huckabee can't even muster the compassion of Ronald Reagan.
In other words, when Mike Huckabee attributed his 1992 statements to panic and lack of knowlege about AIDS, he was lying. That was an untruth. He bore false witness. He wanted to round up the homos and shore up the hillbilly vote, but Huckabee is too weak to admit the truth.
Huckabee also thought the US was spending "way too much" on AIDS research in '92. After all, it was only fags dying. WWJD?
Then,today when it was clear that even the far-right pundits weren't buying his bullshit, the Huckster, presumably guided by the hand of God, said that he stands by his statement, even though he would "state it differently today." Huck also denied that he ever said people with AIDS should be quarantined, although how else you accomplish isolation from the general population is beyond me. Another lie.
Wasn't there something in the Bible about Jesus ministering to the sick and the outcasts? Wasn't there something in the Bible about lying? Must not teach that at Southwestern Theological Seminary where Huckabee did all his Bible larnin'.