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.