Marriage equality and legalized abortion threaten “the soul of America,” according to conservative politician and pundit Mike Huckabee, who made the statements in a speech peppered with references to the Holocaust.
Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential aspirant who is now a Fox News Channel commentator, appears to have another presidential run in mind. His speech came last week during his Reagan, Thatcher, Pope John Paul II Tour: God Raising Extraordinary Leaders for Extraordinary Times, an invitation-only journey through Europe for evangelical ministers from early-primary states: Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
After his guests toured the Auschwitz and Birkenau Nazi concentration camps in Poland, Huckabee addressed them by saying, “We wonder with some sense of bewilderment, how is it possible that since 1973 alone over 55 million unborn children have died in what should have been the safest place that that baby ever experienced, the womb of its mother? … If you felt something incredibly powerful at Auschwitz and Birkenau over the 11 million killed worldwide and the 1.5 million killed on those grounds, cannot we feel something extraordinary about 55 million murdered in our own country in the wombs of their mothers? Does that not speak to us?”
He continued, “And the foundation of our society and culture, marriage, not only by which we produce the next generation but it is the entity through which God has chosen for us to create the next generation and train them to be our replacements, and when we tinker with its definition and we decide that it can mean anything we wish for it to mean and that rather than to take a biblical perspective we will take a very human one and we will base marriage on human experience and desire as opposed to biblical standard, then I fear that we will pay the consequences for having upended the very foundation which is the essence of how a civilization survives. So the soul of America is in real trouble.”
Huckabee has made frequent claims that the U.S. is becoming like Nazi Germany. You can view a clip of the recent speech below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.