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February 1, 2015 7:55 pm

Mike Huckabee Compares Acceptance of Same-Sex Marriage to Asking a Jew to Serve ‘Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp’

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Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee compared same sex marriage to a Jew serving bacon. Photo: CNN.

Likely Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said on Sunday that expecting Christians to accept same-sex marriage is “like asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”

“We don’t want to do that,” he continued, during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union. “I mean, we’re not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard. 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.”

The former Arkansas governor made the comments in defense of an excerpt from his new book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,  in which he says he has friends and associates who are gay. Huckabee called homosexuality a “lifestyle” choice, as is drinking alcohol and using profanities. He told CNN’s Dana Bash that he remains friends with people 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,” he said. “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.”

Huckabee explained there is no chance he will ever support gay marriage, saying it was not just a political issue but also a biblical one.

“And as a biblical issue — unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it’s really not my place to say, OK, I’m just going to evolve,” he said.

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  • Wayne

    ….think of all the Catholics frying in Hell for eating meat on Fridays! Since I’m an atheist, anything that offends Christians moves to the top of my list!

    • So, are you saying, that anything that offends Christians is attractive to you simply to make them uncomfortable? And you think HE is intolerant?

  • yaakov noris

    He seems to be pro Israel…friends of Jews.However I would remind younger readers to research what right wingers were like back in the day down south…not exactly very nice to us Jews,Blacks or Indians .This Anti gay or anti anyone like us sentiment still bubbles below the surface in the bible belt…its a toss up between eighties and lefties…Leftie universities have clearly shown what they think about Jews and Israel..and gay rights..I agree gay people are human beings born different and I do not care about civil laws…intermarriage is our biggest threat here in golus..not happy gays…Shalom

  • Tony Rice

    I note he doesn’t say he does not eat sea food, pork etc. So he just chooses those parts of Religious Books that support HIS lifestyle. Hope he doesn’t become President.

  • Alex R-

    The tight-knitted tribal society from where Mr. Huckabee comes from holds dear to those truths. The US and most all the Occidental Societies have evolved from such tribes into multi-pluralistic conundrums in where all lines of thought are brought forth in order to have their societies hold them as “stone-edged” truths, as is the case with gay marriage or approval of islamic codes.

    This problem sounds like the years-ago debate of smoking in public places. No one has outlawed smoking, except that it is not allowed to perturb those who do not.

    I think the same solution should be adopted in regard to same sex unions. Whoever wants it, let them have it. Just don’t legalize them. I do not know of any study on the integration into society of children adopted by same sex partners and/or if it is morally acceptable to hire wombs for further adoption. If the whole purpose of legalizing these type of marriages are for the tax and estate benefits, other solutions could be found.

    I would love to hear opposing points of view.

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    There are two fundamental errors in Huckabee’s position. First, it is just plain wrong to assert homosexuality is a choice. It is as wrong as denying evolution. Sexual orientation is clearly biological; anyone who has known gay people (I am straight) knows this. I have yet to meet a straight person who made a “choice” about their gender preferences. Second, the issue of gay marriage is NOT a religious issue-it is a LEGAL issue. It involves solely the right of gay people to get a marriage license which ALL people must get from the gov’t in order to marry. It has no bearing on religion and does not compel any church, synagogue or clergyman to officiate at any such marriage. In short it deals with the LEGAL RIGHT and not the RELIGIOUS RITE of marriage. By deliberately conflating the two, Gov. Huckabee is saying as president he would follow his religious convictions even in opposition to the Constitution of the US. The implications for our country..and for American Jewry, of that mindset are horrendous.

    • Reform School

      Which Article, Section and/or Amendment specifically confers the right to the rite of matrimony or matrimoney?

  • Why does he think only Christians object to men marrying men? The Holiness Code in Leviticus which we read at Mincha on Yom Kippur, tells us the Canaanites were vomited forth out of the Holy Land because of their immorality, namely adultery, incest, male-on-male and bestiality. Just as eating bacon, shrimp, insects etc or publicly desecrating Shabbos is an abomination, so is males marrying males. To protect their civil rights there must be civil partnership that conveys the same rights, but without requiring consummation.

  • DocReality

    Huckabee is not a conservative. Huckabee is a religious fundamentalist whack-job who tarnishes conservative thought. He’ll be out on his ass in months if he decides to run in 2016.

    It’s unfortunate, because he makes a lot of sense on many other issues such as economics and foreign policy. But he’s to-the-right-of-right on social issues.

    If the Republican Party wants their candidate in the White House in 2016, it will have to be someone who is moderate on social issues. Otherwise, you might as well inaugurate Hillary now.

  • A.S.K.

    wonderfully clear and refreshing words. like a glass of water life giving, rich with flavor and body, water that tastes like it comes fresh and clean from a bubbling mountain spring.
    thank you!

  • Liz Wagner

    It’s such a shame that these Republican candidates remain unyielding on the issues of gay marriage and abortion. Even Pope Francis told his flock that the church may be against abortion, but it isn’t a priority issue, and neither is gay marriage. To win the White House in 2016, the Republicans will have to get a bunch of Democrats to cross party lines and vote for their candidate. Remaining stuck as they are on these two social issues reduces the likelihood of the GOP to get enough Democrats to vote Republican.

    • The Pope is wrong. The Bible doesn’t change. The pope has said some other weird things lately, too.

  • Eva

    What a stupid analogy.. it is more like religious Jews accepting the fact that others eat bacon and shrimp.

    • No, the analogy is correct. When Christian businesses related to weddings, are forced to participate in marriages they believe are absolutely wrong in the eyes of God, or face enormous financial damages, it isn’t a matter of tolerance anymore. It’s a matter of supporting something they do not believe in.

  • Joel Keller

    As long as his views don’t come into play politically, I could vote for Mr. Huckabee. Let’s remember that he’s a preacher before he was a governor.

  • CG

    Well, Mr. Huckabee, I’m Jewish. I will eat bacon-wrapped shrimp AND I’m for gay marriage rights. There goes your argument straight down the toilet. And that’s right where it belongs.

  • Historian

    Huckabee is that stupid? Keeping up that antiquated opinion will get the Democrats back in in 2016 for sure What an idiotic statement..

  • Mike Huckabee is a political schumk.

  • Ben Gruder

    Huckabee’s analogy is not accurate. Asking a Christian to accept homosexual marriage is like asking a Jew to ACCEPT OTHER PEOPLE eating bacon-wrapped shrimp.

    Asking a Christian to perform or assist in a same-sex wedding ceremony is like asking a Jew to serve treif. Which is a whole different issue.