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Huckabee and Cruz lead Republican holy war in Iowa

Posted By on Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 7:26 AM

Speaking of same-sex marriage and wedge issues:

Mike Huckabee continues to pander to the right-wing evangelical base that decides the Iowa GOP caucus with his apparent theme that the survival of Christinaity will be determined by the 2016 presidential election. Again, he claims, the U.S. is  moving toward "criminalizing Christianity." Proof? Well, the U.S. Supreme Court might allow same-sex marriage. How this criminalizes anything is left up to your imagination.

Fact is, people like Huckabee long for the day when being homosexual was a crime. And they — and Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas legislature — are intent on maintaining a world in which LGBT may be legally discriminated against in employment, housing and public accommodation. Some might cal that almost criminal.

But Huckabee is by no means alone in the Republican field. 

Ted Cruz paints the holy war in partisan terms. Also from Iowa and the "Faith and Freedom Forum" at which Huckabee spoke, via CNN:

Sen. Ted Cruz argued Saturday that Democrats have become so extreme and "intolerant" of religious views that "there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party."

"There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical teaching on marriage."

And then, too, at the same program, was the surrogate for Jeb Bush, Jordan Sekulow a Religious Right lawyer with ties to televangelist Pat Robertson. Salon notes:

he has also been at the forefront of his organization’s work to keep homosexuality criminalized in Africa, opposed abortion even when a mother’s health is endangered, and espoused incendiary anti-Muslim views, a record that hardly conveys the “inclusive conservative” message his candidate professes to support.

The end times? Maybe. Or maybe not. The New York Times summary of the prayerfest says there are so many evangelical wannabes this time they might splinter the votes.

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