Former Gov. Mike Huckabee can surprise on occasion with tolerance toward minorities, such as immigrants. But brotherly Huckalove is little in evidence when it comes to homosexuality.
Last week he called on Americans to join him Aug. 1 in eating at Chick-fil-A. Why? He claimed the fast food chain had been "smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left."
Chick-fil-A has indeed been criticized for its evangelical president's recent outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage. He said the U.S. would invite the wrath of God by approving it. In Huckabee world, disagreement with this point of view is intolerant.
Want some intolerance? Chick-fil-A owners have spent millions to fight not just same-sex marriage, but also to oppose a law to outlaw discrimination in employment on account of sexual orientation. They support the unconstitutional federal law that prohibits providing equal benefits to families of legally married gay people.
Huckabee's record is no better. In recent defense of a ban on gay Boy Scouts, he equated homosexuality with pedophilia. He's described children of same-sex couples as "guinea pigs" in an experiment. He has suggested people with HIV/AIDS should be quarantined. He has compared same-sex marriage with incest. He has proposed amending the Constitution to God's standards — God being a Southern Baptist, no doubt.
You can demonstrate your support for legal discrimination against gay people by joining Huckster at a Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1.
We think we'll look for a pint of Ben & Jerry's "Hubby Hubby" instead.