It seems we can't get enough out of this new endless source of amusement here in the liberal blogosphere. I've been holding off on posting everything we find out about Huck's nutty past here even though at any other time or for anyone else it'd be completely relevant.
But there are three new stories about him from just the past 24-hours, including how he's lying about his theology degree, after the jump.
The National Review found out from his Director of Research that Huckabee's been lying about having a theology degree the whole time.
The staffer corrected TNR's Jim Geraghy, saying that Huck's comment about Romney's Mormonism could have been completely innocent, since he really can't be expected to know about other religions, since he doesn't have a theology degree. I don't know where we'd get the idea that Huck has a theology degree:
I’m the only guy on that stage with a theology degree
In other words, when it was convenient for him to say that he has a theology degree, he said it. When it wasn't, his staff tell the press that he only did one year in seminary after getting his B.A. in Biblical Studies.
It gets worse on gay issues as well.
Back in 1998 the good preacher wrote a book called Kids who Kill, nominally about school shootings, but really a chance to list all the things he hates. From Mother Jones:
In Kids Who Kill, Huckabee argued that school shootings were the product of a society in decline, a decline marked (and caused) by abortion, pornography, media violence, out-of-wedlock sex, divorce, drug use, and, of course, homosexuality. Huckabee and his coauthor bemoaned the "demoralization of America," observing, "Despite all our prosperity, pomp, and power, the vaunted American experiment in liberty seems to be disintegrating before our very eyes." Huckabee, who was governor at the time and a well-known social conservative, blasted away at those whom he held responsible for America's ills, and he took a rather tough stand against government social programs and their advocates. In lamenting the "cultural conflicts" besetting the country, he wrote,
Abortion, environmentalism, AIDS, pornography, drug abuse, and homosexual activism have fragmented and polarized our communities.
Why was he lumping environmentalism with activities he considered sinful? He did not explain further. A few pages later, Huckabee complained,
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.
Huckabee did not say what public endorsement of pedophilia or necrophilia he had in mind. But he did seem to be equating homosexuality with both.
Yes, he compared homosexuality to necrophilia. Santorum, anyone?
He continues to channel Falwell:
The legal commitment of ideological secularism to any and all of the fanatically twisted fringes of American culture—pornographers, gay activists, abortionists, and other professional liberationists—is a pathetically self-defeating crusade that has confused liberty with license.
And now he's running as the great uniter, lamenting the polarization and politicization of America.
The third item from just these last 24 hours is that Huck did a fund-raiser last night with a Dr. Steven Hotze, who burst on the fundie scene back in '82 by supporting an ordinance in Austin, Texas, that would have made it specifically legal to discriminate based on sexual orientation when it came to housing. He even signed on to these guidelines for doctors:
- A wife may work outside the home only with her husband's consent
- "Biblical spanking" that results in "temporary or superficial bruises or welts" should not be considered a crime
- No doctor shall provide medical service on the Sabbath
- All disease and disability is caused by the sin of Adam and Eve
- Medical problems are frequently caused by personal sin
- "Increased longevity generally results from obedience to specific Biblical commands"
- Treatment of the "physical body" is not a doctor's highest priority
- Doctors have a priestly calling
- People receiving medical treatment are not immune from divine intervention or demonic forces
- Physicians should preach to their patients because salvation is the key to their health
- "Christians need better health to have more energy, tolerate more stress, get depressed less often, and be more creative than our non-Christian counterparts for the advancement of God's Kingdom."
There's just much more if you're willing to look into what's entered the public knowledge more than 24-hours ago.
It can be hard to keep up, so Jon Perr put together a handy guide, "Top Ten Moments in Mike Huckabee's Extremism," and a great sequel, "Ten More Moments in Mike Huckabee's Extremism."
Jim Burroway gave Huck his not-coveted "LaBarbera Award."
This probably explains why the Republican establishment hates Huckabee so much. He's doing well in Iowa and South Carolina right now, but he doesn't have much of a chance, should he beat the odds and win the primary, in the general election.
He's just not presentable. But, then again, who else in their field is?
Update: Oh, this is great. The perpetually offended Bill Donohue (who went after Shakes and Amanda Marcotte earlier this year when they got jobs with the Edwards campaign) is offended by Huck's Christmas ad:
Catholic League president Bill Donahue said Huckabee went beyond wishing people a joyous holiday. Donahue said he was especially disturbed by the cross-like image created by a white bookcase in the background of the ad, saying he believed it was a subliminal message.
"What he's trying to say to the evangelicals in western Iowa (is): I'm the real thing," Donahue said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends. "You know what, sell yourself on your issues, not on what your religion is."
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