Former Republican governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, had some harsh words to say about LGBTI rights. In fact, he’s blaming fellow Christians for the rise in acceptance of LGBTI individuals.
During an interview with The Christian Post last week, Huckabee made the following remark:
‘The biggest threat to biblical principles today is the failure to apply a biblical standard of maleness and femaleness. We are creating this illusion that there is no gender, there is no identity, and I’m blaming the Christian Church.’
Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and 2016, explained that California’s 1970 introduction of ‘no-fault divorce’ created a mindset that ‘wasn’t really that important.’ He believes this allowed people to ‘go in and out of [marriage] without a second thought.’ Previously, in order for a divorce to be granted, some sort of marital fault had to be demonstrated.
‘That’s when we first started losing that sense of sacredness of what marriage meant,’ he said. ‘So I’m not really that surprised that same sex-marriage has become in vogue because the Christian Church were the ones who essentially abdicated a strict responsibility about what biblical marriage should look like.’
‘Once you’ve destroyed that, why can’t you have any and everything? The gender dysphoria we’re seeing today is largely due to the fact that the Church has failed to present very clearly the words of Jesus and Genesis 5:2: “Male and female He created them.”’
Huckabee continued, talking about how society today ‘celebrates’ single parenting and promotes the idea that fathers ‘aren’t really necessary.’
‘There are some people who are in single parenthood, not because they want to be, but because they were forced to be. And we ought to give [them] all the support,’ he said. ‘But we should never pretend that it is as good as a loving mother and father in a home where a child sees both genders play out their norms because that’s the modeling of behavior that would be ideal for a child to grow up in.’
Huckabee, who was a Southern Baptist pastor before entering politics, thinks it’s up to the Church to present a biblical view of gender and sexuality, even though it’s not ‘politically correct.’
‘People are afraid that if they are really biblical, it will alienate people and I think that’s nonsense,’ he stated. ‘Yes, it will alienate some people who are more interested in preserving the lifestyle they have chosen than a lifestyle that will be practical and will work. But it will also be a lifesaver for the people who are really looking for genuine truth.’
What is The Truth?
Huckabee believes that the younger generation is ‘obsessed’ with the idea of personal truths.
‘We need to be bold and say, “It doesn’t matter what you feel. It doesn’t matter what you think, or what you believe; what matters is truth.” Real truth is objective; it’s not subjective. We may see things differently, but there’s only one truth.’
Parents, Huckabee added, have an obligation to teach their children this one truth, and to protect them from ‘destructive political agendas.’
‘I worry for my grandchildren because somebody with an iPhone can easily expose them to pornography and other disgusting things that no 6-year-old kid should see and should have to have explained to them,’ he said. ‘Parents have to, more than ever, have very tight supervision and have screening tools, supervision, and limited time frames when it comes to iPads and iPhones.’
‘I know it sounds archaic, but you don’t let your children play in a busy street. Why? Because they could get hurt. Why do you not let them just have unrestricted access to a mobile device? It’s because they can actually get hurt. I think parents have a harder role to play than ever before because there’s so much content out there. And very little of it is wholesome and so much of it is really hurtful.’