Embracing court-ordered marriage equality is just like embracing court-ordered slavery, says presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. And both justify civil disobedience, the former Arkansas governor told Fox News's Todd Starnes last week.
Discussing the Southern Baptist Convention's recent resolution pledging to defy any pro-equality ruling from the Supreme Court, Starnes raised the possibility of civil disobedience in the face of nationwide marriage equality.
Huckabee, whose most recent advice as to how to defy the Supreme Court included a letter that warned a ruling establishing marriage equality nationwide will "criminalize Christianity," launched into one of his typically black-and-white tirades.
Huckabee framed the question currently before religious people thusly, reports Right Wing Watch:
"Do we have civil disobedience, or do we have Biblical disobedience? And for many of us, civil disobedience, when we believe that the civil government has acted outside of nature, and nature's God, outside of the bounds of the law, outside of the bounds of the Constitution, we believe that it's the right and moral thing to do."
"What if no one had acted in disobedience to the Dred Scott decision of 1857?” Huckabee asked, referring to the Supreme Court case that concluded African-Americans could not be considered citizens of the U.S. "What if the entire country had capitulated to judicial tyranny and we just said that because the Supreme Court said in 1857 said that a black person wasn’t fully human? Suppose we had accepted that, suppose Abraham Lincoln, our president, had accepted that, would that have been the right course of action?"
Taking a historical perspective, Huckabee noted that he doesn't know of anyone who believes the Supreme Court made the right choice with the Dred Scott decision.
Although Huckabee said he believes "that all of us as citizens are required to live [by] what is in the law," he went on to claim that "the law is not created by the Supreme Court."
"They are the Supreme Court, I'll grant you that," Huckabee ceded. "But they are not the Supreme Being. And ultimately, they can interpret a law, but they can't make one. And there is nothing in the Constitution that gives the Supreme Court the authority to redefine the historical definition of marriage, which has been in previous Supreme Court cases affirmed as one man and one woman."
Huckabee did not address the apparent conflict between his earlier comments that the Supreme Court obviously made the wrong decision in the Dred Scott case and his citing of "previous Supreme Court cases" on marriage.
Right Wing Watch notes that in the same interview, Huckabee speculated that the recent hate-crime shooting by a white man of nine congregants in Charleston, S.C.'s historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church could have been prevented if the churchgoers were armed.
Watch the marriage-equality portion of Huckabee's comments below, via Right Wing Watch.