Huckabee

I still don’t know who I’m voting for, although I’d made it a point in the back of my head to at least have a candidate in mind by the time of the Ohio primaries.  I had thought, even as late as a couple of weeks ago, that Huckabee might be a worthwhile candidate.  But alas, I can’t.

He gets some things right and some things so wrong that it’s schizophrenic just to follow his campaign.  You’re cheering one second and cringing the next.  I’m not one of those Christians that believes that just because a candidate is a “man of God” that this actually makes him qualified to lead.   (As the last seven years has shown us in stark detail.)  But instead of getting all political and dealing with his qualifications or lack of same, let’s get into his views of gays because those views underlie his ability to lead us all.

1.  He believes that homosexuality threatens traditional marriages.

From GQ Magazine:

Is the strategy shifting because social conservatives are losing on those core issues? Ten years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have gay marriage even in liberal Massachusetts. Now it’s there.

I don’t think the issue’s about being against gay marriage. It’s about being for traditional marriage and articulating the reason that’s important. You have to have a basic family structure. There’s never been a civilization that has rewritten what marriage and family means and survived. So there is a sense in which, you know, it’s one thing to say if people want to live a different way, that’s their business. But when you want to redefine what family means or what marriage means, then that’s an issue that should require some serious and significant debate in the public square. And if you look at states that have had it on the ballot—I know in our state it was a 70-percent-against issue. Most states are similar to that.

Now if were only honest about the demographic with the largest percentage of divorce: Christians.  He hasn’t a thing to say about that, and that concerns me.  Gays are not responsible for the downfall of civilization.  Gays are not responsible for the state of marriage in America.  Neither are they responsible for reality shows, the Newsboys, soggy pizza, Fox News, country western music, neo-conservatism, the state of basketball in Seattle or the career of Hugh Jackman.  (Well maybe the career of Hugh Jackman.)

What has he done to strengthen the marriages of Christians?  Denying marriage to gays doesn’t do a thing for married Christians.

2.  He doesn’t know whether or not gays were born that way, but they can control their “gay behavior.”

Controlling gay behavior.  I wonder what he means?  Coordinating socks and ties with our shirts?  Scratching out someone’s eyes over discount cashmere?  Sunday brunch?  Cruising for sexually questioning teenage boys at the Gay Pride Parade wearing nothing but a thong and Doc Martens?  Huck, man, you need to talk to some believers that struggle with this stuff.  You need to not sound so ignorant. 

Considering Huckabee’s comments, he may understand this issue better than interviews let on, but I somehow don’t think so.  It’s pretty apparent to me that he is like every other preacher who rails against homosexuality as being a sin with greater weight than others.  For all I know, he may have a sense of compassion about some of his fellow believers who struggle with wanting a relationship with God and a physical relationship with men.  But I don’t see any signs of that understanding anywhere.  Especially when:


3.  He equates homosexuality with pedophilia.He co-wrote a book with George Grant called Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence, in June of 1988, in response to the school shooting Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The killer quote for me, and in full “culture warrior” mode, was:

It is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations—from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia.

This was the deal-breaker for me.  (Never mind the whole concept of “institutionally supported…pedophilia.”)

Homosexuality and pedophilia are two different conditions.

Two.  Different.  Conditions.

Too many people — too many conservative people — believe that homosexuality and pedophilia are one and the same.

From the Journal of Pediatrics, an article abstract on the study of incidents of homosexual child molestation:

PEDIATRICS Vol. 94 No. 1 July 1994, pp. 41-44

Are Children at Risk for Sexual Abuse by Homosexuals?

Carole Jenny MD, MBA1, Thomas A. Roesler MD2, and Kimberly L. Poyer MSW3

1 Kempe Children’s Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
2 Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, The National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Denver, CO
3 The Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO

Objective. To determine if recognizably homosexual adults are frequently accused of the sexual molestation of children.

Design. Chart review of medical records of children evaluated for sexual abuse.

Setting. Child sexual abuse clinic at a regional children’s hospital.

Patients. Patients were 352 children (276 girls and 76 boys) referred to a subspecialty clinic for the evaluation of suspected child sexual abuse. Mean age was 6.1 years (range, 7 months to 17 years).

Data collected. Charts were reviewed to determine the relationships of the children to the alleged offender, the sex of the offender, and whether or not the alleged offender was reported to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

Results. Abuse was ruled out in 35 cases. Seventy-four children were allegedly abused by other children and teenagers less than 18 years old. In 9 cases, an offender could not be identified. In the remaining 269 cases, two offenders were identified as being gay or lesbian. In 82% of cases (222/269), the alleged offender was a heterosexual partner of a close relative of the child. Using the data from our study, the 95% confidence limits, of the risk children would identify recognizably homosexual adults as the potential abuser, are from 0% to 3.1%. These limits are within current estimates of the prevalence of homosexuality in the general community.

 4.  Perhaps most importantly, he’s more concerned about morality and purity of nonbelievers instead of the sin of us all.

If that weren’t enough, this quote from his book seems to really drive home the problem that seems to suffuse his candidacy and his desire to lead this country: pride.  He does not see himself as a redeemed sinner.  He sees himself as genuinely better than the rest of us sinners who populate this planet:

Men who have rejected God and do not walk in faith are more often than not immoral, impure, and improvident (Gal. 5:19-21). They are prone to extreme and destructive behavior, indulging in perverse vices and dissipating sensuality (1 Cor. 6:9-10). And they—along with their families and loved ones—are thus driven over the brink of destruction (Prov. 23:21).

This just covers men who have rejected God?  I know a lot of televangelists and politicans who have not rejected God and still do scathingly amoral things.  (See previous comments re: crack and gay hookers.)

It is this view that “once saved now free from the ability or desire to sin” that bothers me the most.  Is Huckabee impervious to sin?  Does he believe that he is?  Pride is the hallmark of a politician seeking the popular vote, not a true godly leader.  Pride is the hallmark of a leader who can put themselves on one side as forgiven and perfect and everyone else who does not measure up on the other side.  As far as I know, only God gets this privilege.

Well, God and self-righteous ex-gay bloggers.  Everyone else is in this together.

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~ by WriterRand on December 31, 2007.

2 Responses to “Huckabee”

  1. So many in the church incorrectly try to equate homosexuality and pedophilia. I want to tell a true story here very carefully, so I will only give a few details to protect the id of those involved. I know a man who is a sincere Christian struggling with SSA. In a weak moment he gave in to the request of a man who was of legal age but significantly younger. They started getting sexual but stopped before they went very far. Later, a pastor at their church found out about the incident. That pastor announced that he was forbidding the older guy to have any contact with the youth of the church, effectively labelling him as a pedophile. Yes, he sinned. Yes, the church should take some kind of action. But is he a pedophile?

  2. Fear is an odd thing and when people don’t understand something (such as the complexity of human sexual attractions) they tend to react emotionally and impulsively rather than thinking things through or by getting more information so that they may make an informed decision and judgment. A person who lumps homosexuals or those who have homosexual temptations in the same category as pedophiles is reacting emotionally based on ignorance. This is particularly true since a large portion of predators don’t prey on their same gender but on the opposite sex. It also fails to understand some cause/effect relationships between being a victim who then becomes a victimizer.

    There seems to be two different (at least 2) ways a person who has been sexually molested can develop mentally in a sinful fashion. One might relive their sexual molestation by reenacting the event with their peers (or want to) as they enter puberty. The othermay sexualize in their mind children who are about the same age they were when they were molested.

    So, one develops an attraction for their peers and the other develops an attraction for little children.

    Of course, not all predators necessarily had an abusive past as their are a multitude of reasons why a person may develop an attraction for little children.

    Therefore to assume that a person with SSA is automatically attracted to little children is a false assumption.

    I’ll give you a personal example, as you guys know I was molested as a child. I then developed an attraction for my peers – not children.

    How did my abuse affect my attitudes towards little children? I am EXTREMELY protective of them and when I hear about child molesters in the news I get EXTREMELY angry and want to beat the living %#@& out of the S.O.B.s!

    I am very thankful that my brothers who know about my SSA understand the difference as I have become an uncle to their children. I love holding the babies (even the ones with poopy diapers! Eeeew!) and talking to the little ones about the Lord.

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