Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told a Christian news outlet that tolerance of LGBTQ individuals poses a threat to America’s “moral fiber.”
“The biggest threat to biblical principles today is the failure to apply a biblical standard of maleness and femaleness,” Huckabee told The Christian Post.
He suggested to the outlet religious people have been too accepting of individuals.
“We are creating this illusion that there is no gender, there is no identity, and I'm blaming the Christian Church.”
Huckabee served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 through 2007. But today’s he’s best known as a twice-failed presidential candidate and the father to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, mouthpiece for the Trump White House.
In his interview with the Post, Huckabee outlined how the disintegration of traditional marriage led to such terrible things as marriage equality and, in some areas of the country, non-discrimination laws.
He suggested the church created problems by allowing unhappy heterosexual and cisgender couples to get divorced. That’s not something God intended, he said.
When California allowed America’s first “no-fault divorces” in 1970, it marked the beginning of the end, he asserted.
“That’s when we first started losing that sense of sacredness of what marriage meant,” he argued. “So I'm not really that surprised that same sex-marriage has become in vogue because the Christian Church were the ones who essentially abdicated a strict responsibility about what biblical marriage should look like.
“Once you've destroyed that, why can't you have any and everything?”
He draws a straight line from dissolving unhappy marriages to letting gay people have happy ones. From there, trans rights came next.
“The gender dysphoria we're seeing today is largely due to the fact that the Church has failed to present very clearly the words of Jesus and Genesis 5:2: ‘Male and female He created them.’”
Huckabee of course has postured himself in the fight against equality before, positioning himself to the right of Ted Cruz. He has previously suggested same-sex marriage will lead to bisexual polygamy.
Before suggesting LGBTQ rights were a greater threat than any other facing America, he accused President Obama of prioritizing commemorating Pride Month over fighting ISIS.