Mike Huckabee, President, Witch Killer?
Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate in 2008, is sure acting like he’s going to be making a run for president in 2012. He’s written a book. He’s heading to Iowa. When asked whether he’ll be running for president in the next cycle, he coyly responds that “I’m not ruling anything out for the future.”
As America falls in love all over again with his pinchable cheeks and aw-shucks, we need to remind ourselves of Mike Huckabee’s agenda. Less than a year ago, on January 15, 2008, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made this pronouncement to a Michigan audience:
I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution but I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards, rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.
“Amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards.” What does that mean? How does God prefer that “we treat each other”?
Look no farther than the book of Exodus in the Bible. Mike Huckabee looks to the book of Exodus for guidance as to “God’s standards” for “how we treat each other.” He supports the display of the Ten Commandments in the public schools, after all, and the Ten Commandments are extracted from the 20th Chapter of Exodus by American fundamentalist Christians like Mike Huckabee. But the Ten Commandments proclaimed by God in Exodus 20 aren’t the end of it. God keeps right on proclaiming his standards for “how we treat each other and how we treat the family” right on through Exodus 21 and Exodus 22, with no break in the proclaiming (and no original meaning to the break in chapters, since chapter breaks were added much later by editors).
Here’s a “thou shalt not” that we don’t hear often discussed (except by the likes of Sarah Palin’s spiritual mentor Thomas Muthee):
Exodus 22:18 … “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
If Mike Huckabee plans to run for president again, I’d like to hear him explain how witch killing fits in the Constitution.