Well, could this be the next face of evil? Glenn Beck “ran” into Mike Huckabee at an Iowa airport. Read about the encounter here. Glenn has a lot of stuff figured out. He’s connecting the dots in ways that few other non-MSM are. I can’t say enough about Glenn’s work and it’s important for everyone to plug into what he is doing. Here’s a brief excerpt of his encounter of Mike Huckabee:
I don’t think Mike Huckabee had any empathy for me or anybody else that happens to be of Mitt Romney’s faith. Because I said to him at the end, I said, you know what, it’s not that you offended me. It’s not that you hurt me. I said, I know the pain you caused other people. I know I am so sick and tired of people who were chased out of this country with torches and pitchforks and buried their children in the plains because they wanted to worship God of their own understanding. I don’t care if you’re a Mormon or not a Mormon. They were people like the pilgrims that came for a reason and they were driven out of the country and they went to Utah which was not part of the United States and they said no one will bother us here because it’s a desert and we’re protected by the mountains. Well, they have been bothered ever since, and it was legal to kill them in the 1800s, legal to kill them, for the only reason that they were Mormon. When they first started running after Utah game a state, they started running and they actually said other politicians actually said, you don’t want to vote for them. Oh, boy, you don’t want to listen to them. Don’t put any credence in anything they say; they have horns, you know. And it was printed in the paper.
I told Mike Huckabee those things and he looked at me astonished. You might want to do your homework. I know these people. You know one of the reasons why I wanted to be — I didn’t want to be a Mormon. I felt like I had to be one because I couldn’t do it on my own anymore. And you know what? I wanted to be like the people that are of that faith. I am the worst example that you will ever see of — I joined because I wanted to be like these people. They’re good, decent people, and I am tired of having them run through the mud, tired of it. And I told him that. And I had tears in my eyes when I talked about him. We were knee to knee. Not once did this pastor reach out and put a hand on my shoulder or on my knee and say, I am so sorry, Glenn. He did say those words and I accepted those words, but as I told him at the end, by their fruits ye shall know them.
Huck’s response is exactly what I would have predicted. It reminds me of the tormented fat kid who grew up to inflict and get pleasure out of tormenting others. (And by the way, who hasn’t figured it out that Mike Huckabee has had bariatric bypass surgery?) There’s no Christ-like compassion with Mike Huckabee and I don’t surmise this just from Glenn’s encounter. The life and campaign of Mike Huckabee wreak of this. It appears to be the same kind of “the world or someone has to pay for the hurt caused me” desperation and “need” to inflict pain on anything or anyone else. Don’t forget, the girl who was brutally raped by Dumond, begged and pleaded with the Governor hours before he made the phone call to set Dumond free. This is a person who has a very sick and twisted sense of right and wrong. This, to me, is the face of evil.
From the Huffington Post, “Documents Expose Huckabee’s Role in Serial Rapist’s Release”
As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee aggressively pushed for the early release of a convicted rapist despite being warned by numerous women that the convict had sexually assaulted them or their family members, and would likely strike again. The convict went on to rape and murder at least one other woman.
The ridiculous amount of setting criminals free is beyond disturbing. This is a man who can set murderers free – to kill again – and is willing to do anything to lobotomize the campaign process by breaking the very foundations of Article VI of the Constitution – by doing everything possible to make sure there is a religious test for office.
Who would even think of not extending empathy or compassion to the Jewish nation in light of what they endured. But other ethnicities DEMAND the whole world to stop and and hold them on high for the atrocities they endured. Every nation of people, at one time or another, in history, has been subjected to tormenting, slavery or oppression. Some people figure it out that it is wrong and do whatever it takes to stop the cycle, and others just never get it and keep it going. It seems Mike Huckabee and his followers are the creepy, hypnotic nice to your face people -, but watch their track record and watch your back. You shall know them by their fruits. And how on earth can Mike Huckabee claim to have even received one fraction of the questions about his faith as Mitt Romney.
It’s one thing to humbly absorb your “nation’s” damage and nobly move on. But this coldness is something else. It’s exactly what I wrote about in The Tar and Feathering of a Nation. There is nothing humble, noble or compassionate in the path of Huckabee or his new found national congregation. A good, but long read, by Kennith Anderson titled: “Mormons, Muslims and Multiculturalism.” goes into great deal as to why this is so atrocious. Kennith is an “ex-Mormon.” A very intelligent and well-researched person I respect. As a Mormon, I appreciate his thoughtfulness and do not take offense at his stance. He is critical of Mitt Romney’s speech, but is lit on fire about the profound bigotry of the Evangelicals. Please take the time to read his essay.
I do not agree with the harshness on Mitt Romney’s lack of expansion on his faith but I understand why he needs to say this. Here are his credentials:
Kenneth Anderson is professor of law. He holds expertise in international human rights; war and armed conflict; terrorism and state terrorism; nonprofit and charitable organizations; philanthropy; development finance and microcredit; international business and finance. He is fluent in Spanish. Anderson is director of the JD/MBA dual degree program. He was the legal editor for Crimes of War (WW Norton, 1999).
When Kenneth speaks of religious disclosure I know he is correct. He is speaking as a watchman on the tower. Sadly, few Americans “get” what is going on about Muslims in America and what this election’s lack of religious accountability sets as a precedent. The only reason why I say that Kennith’s stance is harsh on Gov. Romney is because it is not Gov. Romney’s responsibility at this time to accomplish what Mr. Anderson sees needs to happen in our country. I truly do respect, that from his perspective, and given his life’s work, this does need to happen and ASAP. But expecting any of these candidates at this time to carry this vital torch into our nation’s public awareness is the wrong vehicle at the wrong time. But having said that, he makes an outstanding argument as to the necessity of this in our public policy.
I appreciate Kenneth’s angry spewage, and this just had me on the edge of my seat laughing as you will see why:
A not-insignificant number of the evangelical readers of this essay are now, I take it, solemnly nodding their heads, true, true, very true, how true, all true; quivering and twitching with the sure knowledge, the Text Message from God, that Mormonism is the cult they always thought it was and a shallow one at that. Yet the worship of sales and marketing is not exactly unknown among the numerous evangelicals who promiscuously deride Mormonism as some kind of weird, even dangerous, sect but who themselves gather weekly to–well, what? Sing their country-rockified, feel-good, self-help-book ballads, lovingly serviced with the Word of the Therapeutic God by blow-dried yet humble, down-home yet suburban preachers whose cavernous mega-churches resemble nothing so much as the Wal-Mart of the soul on sale. And you ridicule Mormons? One need not be Christopher Hitchens to think that if there is something funny about Mormons, there is something funnier about a certain brand of evangelicals’ condescending to them.
How angry you ask? Here it blows:
Is it not evangelical Christianity, rather, with its lack of hierarchical authority and discipline, constituted of individual charismatic preachers vying for the fickle attention of crowds, that is today most susceptible to the charge of cults of personality, at least living ones? And is its leading contender at this moment not one Huckabee of Little Rock, who enthralls the crowds with his musings that he is favored of Providence? Who is this Jesus of Nazareth that I should worship his servant Huckabee and offer him my vote? If I sound irritated at the bigoted attitudes among the lumpen evangelicals–if I sound irritated to discover that an astonishing number of my fellow citizens–30 percent or so, we are told–say they will not vote for a devout Mormon, no matter what his positions or policies, solely on account of his religion; or that Christian voters should not offer support however indirect to supposed cults, or that America must have a “Christian” president. Well, did I say irritated? I understate; furious…
…And if I, an ex-Mormon, am furious, I only wonder what actual Mormons think in the secret places of their hearts. The bigotry that has accompanied Huckabee’s rise has certainly shifted my view of evangelicals. Am I the only one to find tiresome the endless trope among Christians of this country that they wish they could have (wholesome, good hearted) Mormons without (cultish, anti-Christian) Mormonism? My former confrères among the Mormons apparently do not count as Christian, yet somehow feel themselves bound by their allegiance to the teachings of the Nazarene to turn the other cheek and meekly suffer these attacks upon their spiritual fitness to participate in the public square. Admirably Christian, I suppose. I myself propose that Huckabee be horse-whipped in the square of public reason and turned out of politics so he can get on with writing The Seven-Day Diet of Creation and Mary Magdalene Got Skinny for Jesus and You Can Too.
There is no doubt there is a theme here and that theme is being pointed out day after day. Mike Huckabee has done a lot of intractable damage. There will be plenty of Mormon Christians who will be able to turn the other cheek but exercise their feelings at the ballot. And the rest of America will take their place – either siding with the abuser hoping to win brownie points which they mistakingly assume will ward off the loaded barrel from pointing at them – or they will stand up, taking the risk they will be taken down.
What I find amusing is that the big rub Evangelicals have with Mormons is that Mormons claim that the Evangelicals have some basic tenets of their faith wrong. Well, I have to ask, what faith doesn’t do that? Isn’t that why there are so many different denominations to begin with? What I have to wonder is why Evangelicals take so much offense that they are willing to exterminate and murder Mormons. Don’t the Protestants and Catholics have this problem over in England? I actually haven’t heard of any Mormon-Catholic uprisings anywhere or Mormon-Seventh Day Adventists fighting in the streets. It makes me wonder that there seems to be a common thread with this group around the world. And again, the parallels can be made with the radical ideas of the Muslim faith. But the Mormons and Mitt Romney are a real threat or else they wouldn’t have to be taken out.
I’m fine with people worshiping what they will, but a “cult”, to me, is defined when a group with common beliefs inflicts harm onto itself or others. I have no qualms with Catholics, I used to be one. The theology and the lack of abiding morals is what no longer works for me, but it would never cross my mind to not vote for Rudy Giuliani because he is Catholic. But these Mormon-hating Evangelicals cross the line – they are willing to violate the principles of the constitution and bigot in free America. I have no doubt that, given the “freedom”, these are the people who would hang, tar and feather, mob, rape and pillage, fellow Americans. These are American Jihadists if ever so slightly contained at the moment, but peer into their past and you will get an eye full. Read between the lines of the sadistic perversion of Mike Huckabee and you start to get a profile. Didn’t Hitler reason eliminating the members of a faith was justified to make their nation “better”? Setting criminals and murders free to do what, make the country better? What would a rational person expect to come from that other than more crime and murder? Can anyone even fathom what would happen if the Mike Huckabee trend was allowed to continue? You would have to wonder if this Gov. Huckabee ever donned white sheets, himself, in the dark of night. But having said all this, I have no doubt, these “radical” Evangelical Christians are one of America’s cults.
A note to the wise: Today we live in a time where we can’t afford to not get this – we can not even appear related to evil.