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Excerpt: "Huckabee has just been caught on video, at a Christian supremacist conference, stating that Americans should be forcibly indoctrinated at gunpoint. The organization which hosted the 'Rediscover God In America' conference, United in Purpose, has edited Huckabee's comment from footage of his speech, but not before People For The American Way's Kyle Mantyla captured the unedited footage."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to supporters and members of the news media after talking about his new book at the National Press Club, 02/24/11. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to supporters and members of the news media after talking about his new book at the National Press Club, 02/24/11. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mike Huckabee Wants Americans to Be Indoctrinated at Gunpoint

By B.E. Wilson, AlterNet

31 March 11


id Mike Huckabee just flush his presidential aspirations down the proverbial toilet? Well, if American mainstream media has an ounce of journalistic gumption remaining the answer most certainly would be "yes". Huckabee has just been caught on video, at a Christian supremacist conference, stating that Americans should be forcibly indoctrinated at gunpoint. The organization which hosted the "Rediscover God In America" conference, United in Purpose, has edited Huckabee's comment from footage of his speech, but not before People For The American Way's Kyle Mantyla captured the unedited footage, in which Mike Huckabee states, "I almost wish that there would be, like, a simultaneous telecast, and all Americans would be forced - forced at gunpoint no less - to listen to every David Barton message, and I think our country would be better for it."

David Barton is the leading promoter of a brand of falsified American history altered to support the claim that America was founded as a Christian, rather than a secular, nation. As Chris Rodda, who has authored an entire book debunking Barton's brand of pseudo-history, writes,

I was quite surprised ... to come across a video clip from this conference on the People for the American Way (PFAW) Right Wing Watch blog with the headline "Huckabee: Americans Should Be Forced, At Gunpoint, To Learn From David Barton." I had watched Huckabee's speech. How on earth could I have missed a statement like that? Well, I didn't. It had been edited out of the webcast that I had watched.

Kyle Mantyla over at PFAW's Right Wing Watch had recorded Huckabee's speech when it was streamed live on Thursday, and posted the "forced at gunpoint" clip on Friday. By Saturday, when I watched the webcast on the United in Purpose website, that part of Huckabee's speech had been edited out.

The webcast that I saw showed Barton leaving the stage as he ended his presentation, then the screen going black for a moment, and then what appeared to be the beginning of Huckabee's speech. What was edited out was Barton returning to the stage to introduce Huckabee, and the first two minutes and forty-five seconds of Huckabee's speech, during which Huckabee made his "gunpoint" comment and praised David Lane, the man behind all of the American "Renewal" and "Restoration" projects that have popped up across the country during the past few elections.

[below: the unedited footage from Huckabee's speech, with the "joke" about indoctrinating Americans at gunpoint. Footage courtesy of Kyle Mantyla of Rightwing Watch, who might have almost single-handedly consigned Huckabee's presidential hopes to the dustbin of history.]

I should also note that what Chris Rodda has to say about this has especial weight given that she's arguably been the most indefatigable author to challenge David Barton's sprawling falsified American history oeuvre, as a Talk To Action site search on Rodda's extensive posts debunking Barton would suggest. Chris Rodda is author of the book Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History which prominently features David Barton, head of Wallbuilders and arguably king of the "liars for Jesus". Rodda is also Head Researcher for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. your social media marketing partner


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+114 # photojack53 2011-03-31 17:57
Let's hope this quack NEVER gets ANY elected office ANYWHERE! Americans WILL NOT submit to a theocracy. These fringe religious right fanatics, these "Liars for Jesus" have no place in American politics. This edited clip proves how deceptive and clueless these kooks are and the Republicans who support them.
+43 # Ralph Averill 2011-04-01 05:03
"These fringe religious right fanatics, these "Liars for Jesus" have no place in American politics."
That statement is itself un-American. All points of view should be heard in the political arena, including Bible-banging historical revisionists like Huckabee. They should be allowed to run for office, and they should be soundly defeated.
+12 # GravityWave 2011-04-04 00:13
NO LIARS have any place in American politics. The "Liars for Jesus" have, in my opinion, only a small place in America-one allotted to them by our Constitution. Our Founders did many things to keep this fringe out of power. But now enough to combat religious zeal. We should now begin to put them back under wraps.
I have have a small suggestion. We should stop funding people who cannot be happy conducting their religious lives in private and are maniacally obsessed with making America into a Theocracy. It would pay off our deficit.
-10 # rf 2011-04-01 05:40
Time to start stocking up on the AK's!
+36 # cydfan 2011-04-01 11:53
Uh... you know he already was elected to public office before, right? Not that I don't agree with you. I think he's an idiot too. There truly is no room for religion in our government with the way the Constituion was written. Anyone who knows the real history knows that Jefferson toiled for days over the line "inalienable rights". He wanted God-given rights but in the end he agreed with Ben Franklin and decided on the former because he, too, figured that God-given might be misconstrued as sectarian. How I wish we could have some of their good sense now.
+6 # Larry Allen Brown 2011-04-04 11:22
The fact that they edited out Huckabees insane remark shows that they knew it was over the top. Huckabee endorses the most exposed liar in the country, and still there's an audience for this crap? Amazing.
+60 # Rebecca Stefoff 2011-03-31 19:06
Wow. Just wow. This is appalling, hilarious, and terrifying.
+35 # DaveW 2011-04-01 09:46
Rebecca, I agree with the "appalling" and "terrifying" statement, but there's nothing remotely "hilarious" about Wannabee Huckabee's message. This man is alleged to be a former "Minister!" I wonder what "Ministry" Orwell would have placed him. Truth,Propagand a,War. I suggest all of you posting read "The Family" by author Jeff Sharlett. If you truly wish to view the insidious nature of "Christian Fundamentalism" , the kind Huckabee is promoting, read this book! This country, and indeed a large part of the world, is in "very serious" trouble and many of the major instigants are "cross carriers." I assure you, it isn't hilarious.
+1 # Morgan S. 2011-04-05 09:01
Terrifying indeed.
+30 # Anarchist 23 2011-03-31 20:31
Now I really have a good reason to cancel my satellite TV (the only way to have reception where I live!) I am going to donate the money to MFFR and other groups that support real freedom!
+35 # GTrout 2011-03-31 23:36
Yes - appalling, terrifying and totally antithetical to all the platitudes we've been fed over generations about American exceptionalism powered by our self-determinat ion, independence and rugged individualism. The applause, however, was even more chilling: to realize there are other powerful, wealthy individuals who believe the same filth and have the ability to pressure other Americans to fall in line. This video must receive the widest possible exposure. Never allow it to be redacted or outlawed!
+29 # Heartbeatt 2011-04-01 02:28
The very notion that Huckabee was voted into a governmental position is alarming, the idea of a presidential aspiration preposterous. We live in a world where religions are being twisted and distorted, so that the original teachings are hardly recognisable.
-11 # Anagnorisis 2011-04-01 03:08
While there exist no words in the US Constitution indicating the country was incepted on religious principles, there has always been an intrinsic sense that "In God We Trust" is inherent. Obviously there has been as much carnage effected by religious as with secular might so taking sides is negligible as a solution. I don't think anyone wants a shotgun ceremony of any kind. Between the religious right and the liberal left there exists a mugwump middle. "God and Guns" worked alright for WWII but extending the second amendment bodes anarchy. Moderation does seem the best policy in these times of "surplus order".
+26 # Lee Barnett 2011-04-01 12:26
You make one small fallacy. There is a religious left, in addition to the one on the right. NOt all on the left fit into your "liberal left" category, but you must be aware of that.
Also the Founders were primarily deists, so their use of the word God is not the same as that used byu Huckabee and his ilk.
+12 # wanagiakicita 2011-04-02 18:33
In "God we Trust" doesn't necessarily mean "Christian God" could mean God of the Jews, or Tunkasila of the Native Americans, or Buddha or any number of names for our Higher Being. The meaning taking literally by Christians is an affront to anyone who has their own spiritual beliefs but are not "Christian". I have to say the Religious Right has just about ruined the meaning of "Christian" and when someone pounds their chest - calling themselves Christian, I sincerely cringe!
+10 # spktruth200 2011-04-03 15:41
The christian right is not the majority of americans. A new study says there are more catholics in america now because of the hispanic population. When I hear a fundamentalist speak I cringe. I was brought up by my baptist mother and my native american father. My native american father gave me great respect for nature, I learned nothing but hell and brimstone from the baptists who I found to nothing but backward hypocrits.
+6 # MylesJ 2011-04-04 10:51
"In God We Trust" was added in the 1950's for HUAC to prove we hated commies. The founding fathers would have had none of this.
+8 # spktruth200 2011-04-03 15:39
NONE of the founders were christians. The first settlers ran from England to get away from organized religion. Founders were deists. We have separation of church and state for a reason. Only the Christian fundamentalists have no respect for the Constitution. They want this country to be fundamentally neo christian. In God We trust wasnt put on american money until the 19th or 20th century! Its the new world order we fight now. The corporations want to run the world and make us all slaves to their masters.
+1 # Mike K 2011-04-05 19:41
Not quite true, some of the founders were Christians and the official first White seattler's of the Virginia colony came to make money. Many others (the Puritans) came not just because they rejected the State churches in Europe but because they wanted to set up there own. The founders wanted a seperation of Church and state because they were quite aware of the problems caused by state churches in Europe as well as America, Especialy the so called "wars of religion" like the thirty years war in which religion was used as a excuse by Kings to wage wars to gain territory and people to get government to steal from people of the "wrong" Religion and give it to them.
During the 18th century due to state Churches Religion was often profoundly secular in there activaties and priests often weilded or abused there secular power.
+12 # Skippydelic 2011-04-01 03:44
Let's make *sure* that Huckabee gets the nomination!

And then, *saturate* the media with this clip!!!
+25 # in deo veritas 2011-04-01 07:57
Let's saturate it NOW. As stupid as so many voters are and how corrupt the Republicans are it might be too late after he got the nomination and use "revival" showmanship to slip into the White House.
-37 # Dennis r. Price 2011-04-01 09:20
YOu are right avout voters being stupid,
look at who we have for a president right now if you want proof.
+13 # MJ 2011-04-01 12:25
Mr. Dennis r. Price: Pardon me, but your ignorance and prejudice is showing. Some people may THINK you're a fool, but you confirm it when you open your mouth. You will hopefully be redeemed when you chose to be enlightened by TRUTH.
+3 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-04-04 07:58
Quoting Dennis r. Price:
YOu are right avout voters being stupid,
look at who we have for a president right now if you want proof.

Stupid is right.. Would you believe people were actually stupid enough to vote for Bush W.?? But that wasn't enough to win soo.. They stole it. That's Gods truth. And ever since then, we just get screwed more.. I wanna thank all those as you said, stupid people out there for the lesson.. grp
+20 # in deo veritas 2011-04-01 08:03
The Constutuion should be emended to prohibit any cleric from any religion from holding public office. Otherwise separation of church and state is endangered by demagogues like Huckabee and his followers who are themselves bound for hell because of their hypocrisy and desire for a theocracy like what the so-called Puritans and Pilgrims inflicted upon their neighbors.
+11 # wanagiakicita 2011-04-02 18:35
I would take it a step further and say that any and all churches now tax exempt that promote any politician in ANY way, should have their exemption revoked. If churches paid taxes we wouldn't have a deficit now.
+21 # in deo veritas 2011-04-01 08:08
Those who attempt to use God, Allah, or whoever for their political ends or enrichment will get theirs from the diety they attempt to use and control. Their being too blind to see this assures their eternal doom. We saw enough of this sanctimoneous bs from the Bushies and don't need any more! We certainly don't need to be carried into their moral abyss!
+4 # Morgan S. 2011-04-05 09:16
They may well "get theirs" post mortem, but in the meantime, their sanctimony is causing real pain NOW to millions of Americans and other people around the world. The notion of the oppressed getting justice and just reward for their pains post mortem has been traditionally used to keep people IN their places and from protesting about their pain and the abuse they're enduring.
+14 # sark 2011-04-01 05:59
The manufacturers of our voting machines share the same ideology and voters "believe" their votes are counted as cast. Please, we have to have election integrity where we know that our votes are counted as cast.
+20 # stonecutter 2011-04-01 07:39
Anyone noticed that this fake wingnut Huckabee, who made a great big deal about having lost alot of weight back in 2008, has now gained most of it back, and almost looks like the behemoth he was 10 years ago, the role model for that other obese GOP savior, Chris Christie? By 2012, Huckabee might surpass Christie in bulk, and then we won't be able to tell them apart...two giant sacks of right-wing shit spewing ignorance and hatred in the name of a Christian America.
+25 # in deo veritas 2011-04-01 07:54
Radical Chjristians are MORE of a danger than Muslim radicals for a number of reasons. First of all they play on prejudice and racism in violation of everything Christ taught-ultimate hypocrites. Secondly there are a lot more of them. Thirdly, they use religion as a political weapon.Huckabee is worse than an Elmer Gantry-a cosummate con man. NOBODY is going to indoctrinate us- at gunpoint or by any other method as long as the people are armed and forewarned. People like Huckabee better remember the scriptures better, especially the part that says you cannot serve God and mammon. He makes it clear which one he works for.
+20 # Glen 2011-04-01 09:23
The main reason Christians are more of a danger is that so many of them live in the U.S., which has the biggest military and chutzpah in attacking other nations. Christians are not the newest bully on the block, but they do have the biggest baseball bat.
+27 # maddave 2011-04-01 08:30
These people are all trying to reconstruct the USA into the "one nation under God" that (they erroniously believe) our Founding Fathers intended it to be. Basically, if it were feasible, one could support a move (even the intent of a move) that is limited strictly to adopting and instilling faith, hope & charity as our national core values; however, the very thought of forcing citizens to listen to (and internalize) one man's skewed philosophy regarding an amalgam of church & state - "at gunpoint if necessary" - is anathema to The Nation that our Founding Fathers sought to create.

Bottom line: This guy is dangerous! No matter what his intention may have been, Preacher Huckabee's statement is SO egregious as to forever bar him from any consideration for any high office in the USA . . . or anywhere else, for that matter.
+3 # Morgan S. 2011-04-05 09:29
The theodicy of the religious right has no room for the any of the cardinal "virtues": Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude (Courage) which are the basic underpinnings or hinges to a moral and ethical way of life. Other virtues including Caring, Trustworthiness , Respect, Kindness, and so on are also ignored by the RWNJs.

It's not just the Pastor Huckabee's who shouldn't be elected to office... it is anyone who serves these churches under any guise at all.
+11 # Buckles 2011-04-01 08:48
Hallelujah Huckabee just needs a bible and a halo on the stump and start curing ailments just like the hucksters of the past.
+20 # liberalman 2011-04-01 08:49
Christians forcing their dogma by way of violence is hardly new news. Native Americans (savages) were murdered, transplanted, stripped of all heritage all in the name of Christ.
The Crusades, Christians vs. Muslims continued under Bush 2 & is kept inflamed by the right wing media.
+3 # wanagiakicita 2011-04-02 18:39
Please explain to me, a Native man, why you put "savages" in parenthesis after Native Americans? Before I jump the gun I want to make sure the intent.
+4 # Morgan S. 2011-04-05 09:39
I'm gonna suppose he used it because it was the context and rationale used by American settlers and military to murder and oppress millions of Native Americans.

Demonizing a group of people by defining them as barbaric, savage, uncivilized, etc has been a long employed tool for convincing people that another group of people can be displaced, disempowered, and murdered with impunity and 'moral immunity'.

I also understand your concern because using the term parenthetically without giving a reason or context does convey that the cruel stereotype still exist. I'd like to see what liberalman has to say for himself in this regard though.
+1 # Peter Baro 2011-04-05 16:30
Sad to watch Christianity become a Joke. These people seem so far removed from the Christianity I was taught as a kid. Jesus would not recognize this bunch of hypocrits and liars as his followers. The lies and hate these people are spreading in the name of Christ are nothing close to my learnings of what a Christian is suppose to be. I once was proud of calling myself a Christian. Today its almost an embarassment. Isnt the first rule, number one rule set by Christ himself, CHARITY. everything I read about Republicans is total selfishness. The rich seem to never have enough money. They will stop the poor getting health insurance while they give the Sachs people 5 million dollar bonus after they destroyed our economy. I want to know wheres the Christianity in that.
+3 # John of Rupescissa 2011-04-01 09:04
He's joking folks. I tend to agree with the point of view of most of the posters here, but even I can see that he's joking. We post extreme crap like this every day. If we're going to oppose them, let's not do as they do an distort our opponents words.
+3 # Kiwikid 2011-04-02 23:59
I agree, John. Much as we may disagree with the man, if we're not able at least to hear him and judge his words fairly in context and in the spirit in which they are given, we show ourselves to be little different in character from those whose viewpoints we so gleefully scorn.
+5 # questionaire 2011-04-04 10:15
when anyone is in a position of authority, no matter how that is conveyed or designated, that position comes with a requirement of some awareness of message and impact. Huckabee failed both in this instance, and the laughter could just as well have been a chuckling recognition of the audience's idea of a truth. Shame on him, and on anyone making excuses for him.
+1 # Morgan S. 2011-04-05 09:42
I don't agree that it's a joke... forcing anyone to do anything at the point of a gun is robbing them of their choice to say no and walk away.
+10 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2011-04-01 09:11
Where did all the people at this conference park their horses and buggies?
+13 # Monty Gee 2011-04-01 09:32
Hindus from India will find it mighty amusing that an American Christian Presidential hopeful is preaching what amounts to forcible conversion. It is doubly amusing because, in its decades of conquest, certainly in the Indian subcontinent, the Muslim conquerors were likewise divided in opinion between the pro-coercionist s and those who believed that forcible conversion only bred hypocrites. These latter were mainly Sufis - the mystical pole of mystical Muslim pietism - and historically responsible for more conversions to Islam, all the way from tribal Iraq to caste-divided Zoroastrian Persia and Hindu India, than were the coercionists. The civilised world can't, however, expect the redneck US elite to either know or care about global history.
+2 # Capn Canard 2011-04-03 19:14
I like to think of it this way: the concept of conversion by coercive force or mandate is the brute force method. While conversion by gentle or subtle means is similar to the notion of the experimenter influencing the experiment, when the conversion is given to much attention then it is liable to fail, but if the conversion is held back and only given with reluctance then the conversion may very well be welcomed. The subtle method has far greater purchase on those rocky shores... so to speak.
+13 # sark 2011-04-01 10:07
I think the corporations manufacturing and servicing our voting machines share the same beliefs.
+6 # kaylasdad99 2011-04-01 10:40
Hmm. I kinda wish this had been sat on until after Huckabee picked up the GOP nomination in 2012. And if he didn't pick it up, it could have been released any time he appeared in public on behalf of the Party.
-6 # James Becket 2011-04-01 11:04
Indeed the Christian Right threatens advances this country has made since the slave holding, property owner voting rights, Founders wrote a Constitution, but give the guy a break, he is joking. Our current culture which videos everything (and often edits it out of context) often damages folks unjustifiably.
+12 # MJ 2011-04-01 12:34
James - Sorry, but Huckabee isn't joking;
he IS the joke. It's fortuitous that his true self is revealed before he does more damage. Also, it's a rare thing that a follower of the likes of Huckabee, Palin or Bachmann ever "get it." Because, after all, many of today's Republicans and Tea Partiers profess their partisanship based on the fact that their great grandparents were Conservative, so they are, too.......duh.
+7 # wanagiakicita 2011-04-02 18:41
I don't see the humor and what he's saying is "forced" endoctrination. That's NOT that far from what the Republicans are trying to do now to Middle America, ending unions, collective bargaining, women's rights etc.
+18 # David Beebe 2011-04-01 12:22
I worry a bit about some of the rather intemperate remarks, left and right, in this thread. As Gordon Allport once wrote, "Our censure should be reserved for those who would close all doors but one." Governor Huckabee's joke is dangerous just because it is a joke. Jokes often reveal the speaker's inner disposition. But don't match the imbalance with an equally skewed view that doesn't recognize the deep (if non-sectarian) faith of many of our founding mothers and fathers. They had a profound respect for religion as a basis for a moral society. They just didn't want a doctrinal viewpoint to run the society. In this regard, it would be worth spending some time looking at Jon Meacham's book, "American Gospel." In it he points out that Jefferson told the Muslims that we are not a Christian nation, but he certainly didn't say that we are a godless nation, though I think Jefferson was more of a Deist than a Christian.
+21 # Robert Blumenthal 2011-04-01 12:34
I think Mike Huckabee is actually one of the more dangerous politicians in America, simply because he generally comes across as a reasonable, caring and compassionate man. It's only when the veneer comes off that he becomes a religious fanatic of the worst degree. There is no doubt that he would like to have our country be a religious (Christian in this case) caliphate.
+11 # genierae 2011-04-01 16:28
Well said, Mr. Blumenthal. Mike Huckabee's genial disposition reminds me of a used-car salesman, patting you on the back with one hand, while picking your pocket with the other.
+14 # genierae 2011-04-01 16:39
The right-wing Christians in my town used to cruise around the neighborhoods in a big white bus. They would stop at houses with kids in the yard, and browbeat parents into letting their kids come to church. I guess they're easier to brainwash when they're young. When they stopped at my house they got quite an earful. They never came back.

"Oh ye hypocrites and liars, how long must I endure ye."
+7 # Janis Booth 2011-04-01 16:25
Surely he was joking, if not God help America if people actually regard him as a contender
+10 # Horus6 2011-04-01 19:22
I think Huck is self destructing.... better stand back so as not to be hit by the flying detritus.
-16 # 2011-04-02 09:14
Don't you guys have a sense of humor at all? Of course he was joking and the audience understood that since they were laughing.

There are many substantive reasons for not wanting Huckabee to be president and I personally wouldn't want him to be president. But this joke is not something any thoughtful person could possibly take seriously.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+12 # DaveW 2011-04-02 10:12, "Don't you guys have any sense of humor at all." The slaughtered tribes of Native Americans were no doubt "laughing" all the way to their premature graves after "Christian" atrocties decimated their ranks. If a "Muslim Cleric" had made the exact same remark in America would you consider it a "joke."
+3 # MrGoodrant 2011-04-02 11:05
Yes, obviously he was joking. A tasteless, stupid joke, but clearly meant as a joke, because, as others have noted, the audience laughed. Folks, please, let's not be like the other side and start distorting our opponents' views (Huck's REAL views are bad enough), especially in ways that are so transparent that they bounce back and damage our own credibility. Let this one go. We'll have plenty of opportunities to go after this guy in ways that will stick.
+4 # Glen 2011-04-03 09:58
Mr.Goodrant, was the audience laughing due to embarrassment, perhaps? You notice the applause that also followed the comment. Huckabee didn't even flinch, much less smile. And yes, he is power hungry through his religion of convenience, just as George W. was.
+9 # wanagiakicita 2011-04-02 18:42
Thank you. My People would not believe this to be funny at all!
+2 # bluesapphire48 2011-04-02 15:44
Jesus Christ, meet Big Brother.
+3 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-04-04 07:33
This guy is a joke and no, he wasn't just making a joke. Provoke. Some where down the line some one will do just what he said. I watched this fat f**k of a Babbling Baptist get elected Governor in Arkansas by all the other Babbling Baptist. One of his fat sons was stopped for speeding and they found a hand gun.. Got his hands slapped for carrying a canceled weapon. We've sent people to jail for years for the same thing.. This holy genius. Has a guy in prison write him and tell him he's converted,to Baptist. The guy was rapist. Like most overly religious people. He quoted a few things and numb nuts pardoned him and he did it again. This time, they castrated the guy and numb nuts lets him lose again,because he said he was really saved now. He does it again without his toys and kills the girl.. He was killed in jail. The prisoners got tired of this guy before Huckelberry Hound figured it out........ This guy is not what he seems.... Underneath that stuff called skin,is a whimp and scared little boy who needs to go to combat for four years and so do his kids. He supported the war,then his kids, or was he just joking about going to war?? This man deserves not to be a Governor let alone the President and I'm sooo glad, that the whole US is not a bunch of babbling Baptist.. They like to cause trouble and burn books and think it's ok. While people get killed. Cpl. Pierson,101st
+3 # causeCorpMediaToldU2 2011-04-05 00:41
Why waste time listening to crazies?
+4 # jen kae 2011-04-05 00:58
What the hell?! Do we need to just go back to England?! I mean, we left for religious and tax freedoms. Now we have people trying to force all of us to be Christians. The day this country becomes unified under one religion will be the day that true Americans have lost everything they've ever treasured. Our servicemen and women and their families will have suffered, sacrificed, and died in vain. What a pathetic loss for our beloved America, the "Land of the FREE and the BRAVE".
+7 # jen kae 2011-04-05 01:30
In America, we do NOT force people to do anything, especially, force someone at gunpoint to be preached to. This man swore to serve the people of this country according to the Constitution of the United States, and then broke the 1st Amendment, supposedly in the name of humor.

I have recently received a number of emails about how Muslims are supposedly going to annihilate the Christians who won't be converted. What is the difference between that and what Mr. Huckabee said, joke or not, "Americans should be forced at gunpoint to listen to David Barton". If he was joking, he should realize that it was a very inappropriate joke. It was more like an F-U on the American freedoms.

People who think like that, let alone joke like that, especially in public, violate everything it is to be American and all that those who have defended this country. What a shame that a political leader could rip his constituents' rights from them simply by invoking laughter.

Whether or not it was a joke, Mr. Huckabee owes all citizens of the USA, even the Christian right, a huge apology for advocating that America be returned to what we left back in England.
+4 # Morgan S. 2011-04-05 09:48
Well he owes the rest of America an apology but what he said was fully in service to, and in support of, the religious right.

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