So, hopefully we all know by now that Mike Huckabee is 100% certifiably insane. From opposing emergency contraception to comparing any kind of sex with a condom to domestic abuse and drunk driving and both comparing abortion to terrorism and blaming abortion for the number of undocumented immigrants in the country, he’s just about as irredeemable as it gets.
But you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Think Progress reports that way back in 1997, apparently before he thought that anyone was listening, Huckabee claimed that Jesus’ own crucifixion proved his support the death penalty. And it’s even crazier than it sounds:
“Interestingly enough,” Huckabee allowed, “if there was ever an occasion for someone to have argued against the death penalty, I think Jesus could have done so on the cross and said, ‘This is an unjust punishment and I deserve clemency’.”
So . . . Huckabee, the Baptist minister who claims Jesus to be his personal Lord and Savior, once compared Jesus Christ to the brutal murderers he has condemned to state-sponsored killing.
You know, I’m an atheist, and I’ll admit that my Biblical knowledge is a bit rusty — but the last time I checked, Jesus supported forgiveness for criminals and would have only not spoken out about his own crucifixion because, um, martyrs don’t complain. And Jesus had to be a martyr in order to die for the sins of humankind and therefore allow sinners into Heaven.
But apparently Huckabee got some special Baptist education that I didn’t get at Catholic school, in which Jesus condoned and supported the horrible treatment that he himself was subjected to, even though he spoke out against the religious persecution of others. And I can only presume that Huckabee thinks that Jesus kind of deserved to be hung up on that cross — since he didn’t argue for his own clemency, and all — just like he thinks that the prisoners subjected to our death penalty deserve to be killed. Or he wouldn’t have made the comparison. Between Jesus and serial killers.
All I know is that the dude makes Ron Paul look rational. And though I don’t believe in Jesus, even I give the guy more credit and basic respect than that.