Huckabee Says Amend Constitution to Meet ‘God’s Standards’ – Outlaw Adultery, Leftovers, Women’s Pants Too?

If you need proof that the evangelical agenda is to impose theocracy on the United States, listen to what their standard-bearer, Rev. Mike Huckabee said yesterday:

“I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards.”

“[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards,” Huckabee said, referring to the need for a constitutional human life amendment and an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Huckabee often refers to the need to amend the Constitution on these grounds, but he has never so specifically called for the Constitution to be brought within “God’s standards,” which are themselves debated amongst religious scholars.

If we’re going to start basing our civil laws on biblical edicts — the way they do in, say, Moslem countries — then we need to do it across the board. Let’s take adultery, for example. Unlike the biblical prohibitions against gay sex, which are buried in lists of abominations in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the warning against adultery is in the Ten Commandments, right up there with murder and lying.

In fact, while being gay is an abomination-class sin — along with eating shellfish, leftovers and snakes, reading a horoscope, burning incense, women wearing pants, arrogance, improperly covering your poop in the desert, to name a few — there are only Ten Commandments, and if you believe any of it, you have believe that being an adulterer is as immoral, and thus should be as illegal, as being gay, if not moreso.

Under Huckabee’s plan, all the abominations would have to be outlawed because, according to Revelation 21:27, “Anyone who practices abomination will not enter Heaven.” As we know from reading news from Saudi Arabia and Iran, a theocratic state would prohibit its citizens from committing acts like eating snake meat, burning incense, improper poop coverage and the rest that would send them to hell.

When all these sins become crimes, will the punishment be based on the Bible too? That’s bad news for gay people like me because the biblical penalty for gay sex is quite dire. According to Leviticus 20:13, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.”

But wait a minute all you adulterers — including especially Huckabee advisers Tim Hutchinson and Dick Morris — don’t look so smug. Read a few lines down the page in Leviticus (20:10) and learn your fate: “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” (Here’s a comfort, though. Unlike homos, your corpse won’t be drenched in your own blood.)

And by the way, if you work on Sunday, you’re in deep shit too. Exodus 35:2: “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.”

Premarital sex, women who lose their virginity before marriage and saying “God damn” are all sins that are also punishable by death.

And watch out, teenagers. The penalty for dissing your ‘rents (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) is getting stoned out of your mind — but not in a good way.

All kidding aside, Huckabee’s assertion yesterday that the Constitution should be rewritten to reflect biblical law should disqualify him from the presidency. Whether he and his Christo-fascist fellow travelers like it or not, keeping the church separated from the state is fundamental to American law. The more we blur that line, the farther we move the United States away from the republic the Founders intended it to be.


  • davefromqueens
    January 15, 2008 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Who does Huckabee think he is, Osama Bin Laden?

  • nikolai
    January 15, 2008 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    If you want bushco II, vote huckabee!

  • Eric Monse
    January 15, 2008 - 1:34 pm | Permalink


  • angry_diane
    January 15, 2008 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    This is scary stuff, folks, SCARY!!!

  • Billy
    January 15, 2008 - 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Christians like Huckabee love to say how they are being persecuted in today’s secular world. with ignorant statements like this, now he ought to know why. He needs Jesus more than the Constitution does.

  • January 15, 2008 - 1:53 pm | Permalink

    So, would a Huckster administration impose death sentences upon employees of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shops, and the like, for working on Sunday? Then who would offer convenient store hours for procuring the necessary implements of “dominion” over all other creatures?

  • Jeff Adams
    January 15, 2008 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Hey Billy, you’re spot on except for one thing; “Christians” like Mike Huckabee that they DESERVE to be persecuted. I believe Jesus would have called him a Pharisee.

    Billy said:
    Christians like Huckabee love to say how they are being persecuted in today’s secular world. with ignorant statements like this, now he ought to know why. He needs Jesus more than the Constitution does

    January 15, 2008 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

    You have got to be kidding me? Changing the Constitution to comply with the word or a religious deity?

    Is God himself going to come down, help draft and then sign it himself?

    I will be the first Atheist to welcome him with open arms if they can get him to do that.

    Otherwise.. the Huckster can go start his own country, and his evangelical supporters with him!

  • Sherry
    January 15, 2008 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Is anyone really surprised at this? This is the direction we’ve been moving in for a long time.True Christianity (where people are taught to love each other, and support those less fortunate,forgive people who do wrong, and treat others the way you would like to be treated) is nearly dead, leaving nothing but evangelical christo-fascism in it’s place.

    Scary? You bet it’s scary, especially for people like my friends and I, who for the most part, are not only not Christian (we’re Pagan), but among the groups that the ECFs (evangelical christo-fascists) would love to see stoned to death-or burned alive.If it even begins to look like Huckabee MIGHT win this election, my family may have to figure out a way to sneak across the Mexican border, to get out of this place while we can.We’re low income, and I’m disabled, so it won’t be easy.

    The thing is, though, even the Dem candidates(the top 3 anyway) have been pandering to religion, in an effort to get elected, so who’s to say how bad this nation is going to be if ANY of the top 5 (Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Huckabee, or Romney) get in office? The media is making sure that the best candidates are labeled “unelectable”,and given as little time as possible in front of a camera (either at the debates, or in thier daily coverage), while the frontrunners are in your face all the time.Add to that an apathetic public who would rather watch Britney self-destruct than actually learn what the candidates stand for, and the United States is in big enough trouble, without having to worry about when our country will be turned into the equivalent of a Christian Taliban nation.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Get off your behinds and LEARN what EACH of the candidates stands for. INvestigate thier voting records.Find out what good, and bad, they’ve done during thier political lives.EDUCATE YOURSELVES, then go out and VOTE for who you know in your heart will defend the Constitution, and try to repair the damage already done, and not for someone who wants to turn us into a modern version of the Spanish Inquisition.

    January 15, 2008 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    This kind of religious manipulation reminds me of being in a theocratic muslim state, like Iran.

    There is little difference between Islamic extremists and Christian extremists. Ask Eric Rudolph.

    January 15, 2008 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    You are exactly right. Theseare the reasons for me, as a liberal democrat, and gay to boot, to consider Ron Paul.

  • jeffreydj
    January 15, 2008 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Of course, if you’re gonna rely on deep Old Testament directives like what is found in Leviticus (and my impression is that Huckabee wouldn’t disobey a word of what is written there), all those who work on Saturday, not Sunday, must be killed. It’s a weird quibble that the Jews and Adventists have with the reg’lar christians, about precisely which day must be held sacrosanct. In America, where we must desperately continue selling to each other 24/7 or face economic dissolution, it would be a source of bitter amusement to see Huckabee attempt to enforce that particular biblical dictum.

  • DSH
    January 15, 2008 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Ridiculous as he is in his oft-displayed ignorance, “charming” (as some say) in his demeanor, Huckabee is no laughing matter. With these latest comments, he clearly yet codedly allies himself with the Christian Reconstructionists, Christian Zionists, and Christian Nationalists — all Talibanic traitors who seek the ultimate cataclysmic revolution for the United States, its transformation into a theocracy based on Old Testament Law. Readers are strongly advised to look up for themselves, and then branch out from, The Council for National Policy, and its theological godfather, Rousas John Rushdoony. These ruthless and lunatic fanatics (and their many epigones) would turn our still largely freedom-loving nation upside down if given the chance; their allegiance is not to that great Enlightenment document, the United States Constitution, but to an unsparingly merciless, Old Testament-based Calvinism, advocating, among other things, the death penalty for homosexuality and the restoration of debt slavery. Their dream is to trample on the inspiring vision of Franklin, Jefferson and Madison, and to turn this country into one giant 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts, and they would have at their disposal the Surveillance State their predecessor and acolyte, George W. Bush, will leave behind. Stopping this calamity from happening would be worth a second American Revolution, if necessary.

  • Nelson
    January 15, 2008 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    The Huckster is inconsistent about his religion. When he is preaching to a group of Chrisians he goes to fanatical extremes, but candidly, in secular company, he downplays it. He’s nuts, and I doubt that he has any real chance of winning the presidency, but stranger things have happened.

    As for the Constitution, it was written and adopted by Freemasons. After the example of history, our nation’s founders wanted nothing to do with theocracy. They saw the horrors that the Inquisition and countless other religiously-inspired campaigns produced.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Huck was probably preaching to the choir, as it were.

  • Rubyglare
    January 15, 2008 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Technically, if 2 men have sex in any other position-instead of lying down-wouldn’t that disqualify them from the death penalty?
    & this “their blood is upon them” makes me think modern minds are misinterpreting it, it sounds like they are of a different race, THOSE people are their relatives, that whole strange flesh thing.

  • JimK
    January 15, 2008 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    The scary thing is…most folks don’t really pay attention to the qualifications of those running. Huckabee is a viable candidate for only one reason…the media made him one before the Iowa caucuses and then pretend that a group of loudmouths (that’s who actually “wins” the caucuses since they are decidedly non-democratic) who command a negligable number of votes nationwide matter.

    Since with the media, perception becomes reality. Iowa suddenly puts Huckabee among the front runners though he’s likely unelectable.

    This is an election that screams for a “none of the above” for both the major parties. The President is a management job. On the Democratic side, the only candidate with more management experience than the night shift manager at 7-11 (Richardson) just dropped out. On the Republican side, Romney and Giuliani have management experience, but they’re getting steamrolled by a backwoods Southern preacher.

  • Mike Germain
    January 15, 2008 - 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Don’t worry people. As psycho as Huckaboy is, he is NO different than ANY of the Repugs running for POTUS.

    Thus, the American people are going to reject the Repugs in a way that they have never experienced before.

    Does that mean all is rosy? No, but the Repugs have gone so loopy that even the typically gullible American Voter will be repelled in horror.

  • John
    January 15, 2008 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Actually they are pseudo-Christian Zionist fascists. They are a corrupt cult and one with those who crucified Jesus in Jerusalem and will be the first to do it again if He shows up again without his heavenly hosts for protection. Jesus said turn the other cheek, those who live by the sword die by the sword, love your enemy, and quite a lot that would raise the bile of hate in these peoples throats.

    Jesus preached against those who were outwardly pious but who didn’t have faith in teir heart. They are tombs, all white and clean on the outside but all putrid rot and diseased on the inside.

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  • BC Bud
    January 16, 2008 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    America was once known as the place to go to escape religious persecution. If Huckabee gets his way and ammends the Constitution he will start an exodus of those who don’t want to be persecuted by the religious. Wouldn’t that be ironic.

  • Jane Hawes
    January 16, 2008 - 10:21 am | Permalink

    All the people who fulminate against gays might notice that the passage they love to quote applies only to men. So is lesbianism not an abomination? The point is that the Bible needs interpretation, regardless of what the wingnuts might say. And gays are not nearly as big an issue in Scripture as adulterers, which means a lot of Republicans aren’t going to heaven if Huck is right.

    The wingnuts, like everyone else, need to be careful what they wish for.

  • January 16, 2008 - 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Huckabee: “I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.”

    There are so many things wrong with this statement that I hardly know where to start. In case it somehow missed you, he’s talking about constitutional amendments banning abortion and defining marriage. But, what I want to know is how Mr. Huckabee thinks he speaks for all Americans in his understandings of God’s standards. Maybe Mr. Huckabee doesn’t know that the Bible doesn’t explicitly address abortion at all, and that religions (and people of faith) differ on the question of when human life begins. Maybe Mr. Huckabee doesn’t know that the Bible doesn’t speak to adult same sex committed consensual relationships as we understand them today.

  • January 16, 2008 - 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Why don’t we ever hear from those so-called “godly” candidates about that commandent that says “Thou shalt not kill.”

    Or how about Hucky telling us what kind of hellfire and damnation await those who “Covet thy neighbor’s ass.”

    If you neighbor is gay and you covet his ass, is that double-trouble?

    And please say tell me that when they’re talking about “stoning” a person, they’re referring to the Bob Dylan song.

  • Court of Progressive Justice
    January 17, 2008 - 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm… The hound of the huckabee’s is Back again! With:

    mike huckabee’s “MAN ON DOG” gay marriage tangent ………..

  • January 18, 2008 - 5:26 am | Permalink

    Do you know why Huckabee and his missus never make love standing up? They are terrified of being seen and accused of dancing…

  • Kaitlin
    January 21, 2008 - 10:01 pm | Permalink

    …… If Huckabee becomes, by some MIRACLE, president, I’m moving to Canada.

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