January 17, 2008

God's amendments

Former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee, whose fortunes appear to be in a downward spiral since his triumph in the Iowa GOP cauci, dispensed this little nugget of wisdom the other night:
"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."
I don't know about that.

Exodus 20:13

Thou shalt not kill. (King James Version)

You shall not murder. (New International Version)

Easy peasy. (Vegetarians prefer the KJV, killers in general the NIV.*)

As for Huckabee's context, I can think of few things more ridiculous than using the United States Constitution to legally define marriage and thereby denying same-sex couples the benefits of same. Have a look at the plaintiffs here, compare their situations with the character pictured above, whose first marriage lasted 55 hours, and then explain to me what a "marriage amendment" would accomplish.

h/t Lost Albatross.


eta: More principled campaigning from the Rev. Pastor Huckabee, who's currently informing South Carolinians that rival John McCain "voted to allow scientific experiments to be done on unborn children." That must be what they call liberal fascism.

h/t The Chief, who maintains a fine and frequently raucous political blog expounding on many questions both national and local.

And, still more Huckabeenian assclownery, courtesy of Paul Soglin. Surely we can at least expect a president who's read the very damn thing he's vying to uphold. Even if he's read it sideways.


Emily said...

I think their cunning plan is to commit and say so much ridiculousness that those of us with more level heads are left so confused and appalled that we can't fight back for the vertigo it induces.

By the way, thanks for your more legal minded commentary on stuff like this. My poor English degree doesn't always hold up terribly well when it comes to legalese and procedure.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for the Constitutional amendment to ban shellfish and the wearing of mixed fibers. I hate mussels.