24 December 2007

Huckabee's looney fringe

I've been kind of conflicted about Mike Huckabee. Sure, he's anti-science and has wacky ideas about taxation, but he first really came to my attention when he said, in defense of offering state tuition assistance to the children of undocumented immigrants, “we are a better country than to punish children for what their parents did.” That's the sanest thing I've heard from any Republican candidate on the subject of immigration.

But now it looks like Huckabee's conservative Christian affiliations have wiped out that little glimmer of goodwill. Turns out he's willing to take money from Christian Reconstructionists, a right-fringe strain of the faith I've bumped into in Moscow, which holds that the U.S. should be ruled by "biblical" laws like these. Including that physicians should not treat patients on Sunday. Wow. I'm actually pretty sure Jesus specifically contradicts the one.

And if Huckabee wants to hang out with that kind of "Christian," well, he gets about as much respect from me as they do.

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