Mike Huckabee is talking again and this time, he is comparing being gay to the choice to drink or use curse words. Obviously, he is an ignorant ass for suggesting that being gay is a choice but for now, he’s just an ignorant ass who flaps his mouth on TV. The prospect of him becoming president with these archaic (and wholly inaccurate) beliefs is nothing short of terrifying.
From Huckabee’s appearance on CNN, Slate has these choice quotes from the ignorant ass himself:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said that being gay is a lifestyle choice that doesn’t appeal to him””just like drinking alcohol or using profanity. And like any lifestyle choice, it doesn’t necessarily rule out anyone who chooses to engage in it as a potential colleague or friend. “People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don’t shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view,” Huckabee told CNN. “I don’t drink alcohol, but gosh””a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don’t use profanity, but believe me, I’ve got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera””it’s not my cup of tea.”
This quote is infuriating. Gee golly gosh, I don’t drink or swear, but I still have friends who do! Give me an effing break. The choice to have a cocktail or use the F word in no way resembles the factors dictating a person’s sexuality. The fact that he is pushing this harmful agenda as though it were fact sickens me. Imagine the parents watching this joke of a human stating his views in such a matter-of-fact manner and then, having their own child come out to them. Well, it’s a choice, says the flapping mouth on the teevee! Can’t you change? I think it goes without saying that anything perpetuating the myth that being gay is something that can be altered or prayed away is incredibly dangerous to the LGBTQ community.
He wasn’t finished there, though:
Huckabee, who is exploring the possibility of running for president, said that forcing religious people to accept marriage equality is “like asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.” He seemed to suggest Christians get the short end of the stick when it comes to discrimination. ”We’re so sensitive to make sure we don’t offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can’t have the convictions that they’ve had for 2,000 years,” Huckabee said.
Sure, let’s make triple-certain that we are sensitive to the religious folks that want to keep believing that marriage should be reserved for only a man and a woman but give no consideration to the people being told that they are not allowed to be married because they are gay. The fact is, making gay marriage legal means that everyone is equal. That’s an agenda we should all get behind. Making sure we reserve marriage for only one segment of the population means that many people are NOT equal.
Even if a belief is based in religion that does not mean it is untouchable, Mike Huckabee. We are not discriminating against Christians for believing that everyone deserves the right to marry whomever they please. If gay marriage is legal, that in no way affects a Christian’s right to marry someone of the opposite sex. If gay marriage is illegal, obviously, that affects a great many people in a negative way. I don’t understand how he and his ilk cannot see that. In my opinion, it’s always best to err on the side of rights for everyone instead of rights for some. This is America, after all.
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