spread my good foot up your…

I largely consider myself a non-denominational (or perhaps multi-denominational) Christian, though I have not been to church in quite some time now, and I confess to being occasionally intrigued by the finer points of other religions. I was baptized and raised Episcopalian, educated at Lutheran and Roman Catholic high schools, confirmed Anglican Catholic, and married by a Methodist priest, and I have attended services at all those denominations as well as Presbyterian and other churches. You will not see me talk about it very much, simply because I consider religion to be a very personal choice, but I generally try to abide by the rules and guidance provided by that religion, though I occasionally (… ok, often) disagree with some of the specific tenets of the aforementioned sects.

With all that said and my bona fides established (as much as they can be on the intertubes), allow me to make myself perfectly clear – if anyone, regardless of political or religious affiliation, attempts to kidnap me and forcibly indoctrinate me into their belief structure, I will defend myself, with deadly force if necessary:

…not before People For The American Way’s Kyle Mantyla captured the unedited footage, in which Mike Huckabee states, “I almost wish that there would be, like, a simultaneous telecast, and all Americans would be forced–forced at gunpoint no less–to listen to every David Barton message, and I think our country would be better for it. I wish it’d happen.”

… and I dare say being held “at gunpoint” would make it pretty damned necessary.

Honestly, I have no idea who David Burton is and I do not care to… nor do I care to know anything about the feud running between him and Chris Rodda, or anything else of the backstory that seems to be running a few miles deep in places. In the end, all of that is perfectly irrelevant to me – nope, the only thing I actually care about is that a once, and unfortunately future, Presidential candidate considers it perfectly acceptable to force people to be “re-educated” around to his way of thinking.

Screw that noise.

I probably never could have brought myself to vote for Huckabee before this damning quote, even if he was running against the likes of Our Glorious President, but this video just guaranteed that if the choice comes down to him and the Return of Obamessiah, I am wasting my vote on a third party.

(Courtesy of a Facebook friend and Say Uncle since I was too damned slow about posting this.)

8 thoughts on “spread my good foot up your…”

  1. Ummm… Spanish inquisition, much?

    Really, if you’re concerned about someone’s everlasting soul, wouldn’t you want tome to, I don’t know, be SINCERE about their faith? Doesn’t “at gunpoint” preclude sincerity?

  2. I’m no fan of Huckleberry myself, but since I haven’t had the chance yet to see the video yet, is it possible that the Huckster is just offering hyperbolic praise for the dude and not stating any kind of honest desire?

  3. @ Yu-Ain Gonnano:
    If so, it’s not something that you should be joking at if you have aspirations of being president. You’re painting a target on you that can be seen from EVERY angle.

  4. @ bluesun: To be sure, the Bible does mention something along the lines of, “Spread the Good Word”, but it said spread, not “threaten people with deadly force if they do not listen to”.

    I would prefer to leave that particular tactic to the raving barbarians in the Middle East.

    @ Yu-Ain Gonnano: It was presented as something of a joke; however, in my opinion, it was entirely tasteless, in appropriate, and far above and beyond what one might consider amusing, especially once he started clarifying the “at gunpoint” specific – that was an addition to his original thought, at least from the way he spoke it.

    And given some of his previous comments on the topic of religion, I would not put it past this nutcase to hide a grain of truth in his comments.

  5. @ bluesun & @ Linoge: Oh, I don’t disagree at all that it’s a stupid statement, even as hyperbole. I’ve just seen a lot of people take it literally, as if he was expressing an genuine proposal instead of just making a tasteless joke.

  6. Yu-Ain Gonnano wrote:

    I’m no fan of Huckleberry myself, but since I haven’t had the chance yet to see the video yet, is it possible that the Huckster is just offering hyperbolic praise for the dude and not stating any kind of honest desire?

    I agree with the above quote. You are getting bent out of shape because he used the phrase “forced at gun point” jokingly. Don’t be so sensitive.

  7. Huckabee is a nice guy, personally; I’ve met him a few times, and he grew up with my mother and uncle in Hope.

    That said, I’d only vote for him for president if there were no other choice; I’m not particularly keen on trading one tyranny for my own good for another.

  8. @ Yu-Ain Gonnano: Do I think he was going to step out of the door and start enacting that kind of idiocy? Of course not. Do I think he would if he thought he could get away with it? Unequivocally yes. The man is a raving, totalitarianistic fundamentalist, in just about every definition of the word, and this kind of bulldren is not improving his public image.

    @ Ken Rihanek: Uh, screw you. I am getting bent out of shape because a once-and-probably-future Presidential candidate even so much as joked, no matter how obtusely, about something even approximating the forcible re-education of American citizens. That gos-se simply does not fly here – it never has, and by God it never will – and it seems as though our politicians need reminding of that more and more recently. This serves as Huckadumbass’ reminder (since he, specifically, needs them more often than most), whether you like it or not… especially if not.

    @ wfgodbold: I have absolutely no doubt that he means well – that is what concerns me, especially when combined with his overwhelming sense of superiority granted by his intransigent faith.

    Unfortunately, history has demonstrated that religious tyrrany can be just as bad as political, if not worse, and when you combine the two…

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