Huckabee: ‘Militant gay community’ to blame for backlash against Indiana law

Former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says there was more pressure ‘to put sanctions on Indiana than Iran’

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 Mike Huckabee speaks in Maryland. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

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Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who is considering a second run for president in 2016, has blamed “the militant gay community” for the pressure brought to bear this week on Indiana and Arkansas, after those states passedreligious freedom laws that critics say encourage discrimination against LGBT people.

“There’s been more pressure this week to put sanctions on Indiana than Iran,” Huckabee said, referring to the announcement by the Obama administration of a controversial deal regarding the Islamic Republic’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Under Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as passed last week, the state could not create legislation that infringed on a person’s religious beliefs – with a definition of “person” that included businesses, associations and other organisations. As the LGBT community was not deemed to be a protected class, the bill was interpreted by its opponents as a way for persons, businesses and organisations to legally discriminate.

Protests from big business – including Walmart and Apple, the latter through an emotive Washington Post op-ed piece written by CEO Tim Cook, who is gay – and pressure from politicians and activists across the US led to a firestorm of controversy. In one high-profile instance, the owners of a Walkerton, Indiana pizza parlour who said they would not cater gay weddings reportedly went into hiding, while supporters raised more than $500,000 on their behalf.

On Thursday, Governor Mike Pence signed off on amendments to the law that outlawed discrimination against LGBT people; Indiana’s measure had made it the 20th state with similar legislation. Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson also signeda revised version of his state’s law.

Appearing on CNN on Saturday, Huckabee told host Michael Smerconish: “The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana andArkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them.

“I found it a little hypocritical when you have companies – even, and I love Walmart, big company in my home state – but they do business in China, for gosh sake. I mean, I don’t think the Chinese are exactly the paragon of human rights.

“You’ve got Apple Computer – they’re selling Apple computers in Saudi Arabia. Is Tim Cook going to pull out of there? I don’t think so. He doesn’t mind making millions, if not billions of dollars, in cultures and countries where human rights are really an issue.

“And I think these corporations really ought to either be consistent – quit making money from these countries that are really oppressing human rights, and quit bowing to the pressure – and just sell their stuff. That’s what they’re in business for.”

Huckabee, who showed strongly in the early Republican primaries in 2008, has a strong following among evangelical voters. Earlier this week, appearing on a talk radio show produced by the rightwing Christian Family Research Council (FRC), he said: “The left has gotten very good at creating a crisis, something to divide the country. . . . .

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One thought on “Huckabee: ‘Militant gay community’ to blame for backlash against Indiana law

  1. Time for Christians to stand up for beliefs,don’t you think?

    Image Columnist George Will points out that Apple’s openly homosexual CEO, Tim Cook, “thinks Indiana is a terrible place,but he opened marketing and retail operations in Saudi Arabia two months before a man was sentenced to 450 lashes for being a homosexual.” World Magazine reports that Tim Cook has recently been in the United Arab Emirates negotiating on behalf of Apple, where homosexuality is against the law and the penalty is death.

    In Canada,America,Europe, starting in 1962 when “neutral” Secularism replaced Christianity as The Official State Sanctioned Worldview-Religion,morbid activity such as homosexual behavior has been legalized and normalized to innocent school children from Kindergarten to University,by adult school teachers and homosexual activists,as human rights. Before the mid-1960′s school teachers led their students in The Lord’s Prayer ,and Sex Education was dating,courtship and waiting until faithful marriage for sex with one of the opposite sex.
    Homosexuals are less than 2% of the population who cannot naturally have children of their own,but have politically organized to change the law so they can recruit everyones through The Education Establishments. Children are malleable and trusting ;their brains are not unlike blank canvasses awaiting the brushstrokes of their environment.They absorb any image from those instructed to educate them place in front of them.Politically Correct Ideology has indoctrinated Western Society to believe that evil is legal, and righteousness is illegal, and to be imposed on everyone starting with Kindergarteners .

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