Should GOP ditch opposition to gay marriage and abortion? Not so fast, says Mike Huckabee.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee. (MANDEL NGAN — AFP/GETTY … Continued

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee. (MANDEL NGAN — AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Speaking at the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference this week, former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee had sharp words for those Republicans who want to move the party away from a focus on social issues like gay marriage and abortion.

After a series of electoral losses, some Republican leaders have suggested that conservatives need to leave the culture wars to the culture. Sen John McCain, (R-Az.) who ran for president in 2008, said in November 2012 that on abortion, members of his party should “leave the issue alone.” The Republican Party’s 2013 blueprint also included references to its opposition to gay marriage; the WSJ reported in March that party members acknowledged that “certain social issues” are “turning off young voters from the party.” Some other young Republican activists agree.

But many social conservative leaders, including Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins and other influential activists, are pushing back on the notion that the Republican Party should disentangle itself from divisive social issues.

Here’s how the Baptist Press reported Huckabee’s warning to the GOP:

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Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • Hildy J

    So the GOP should also come out for abolishing divorce? This was condemned by Jesus and Paul at least as often as gay marriage.

    As far as abortion, god does it. Hosea’s prayer to god regarding Ephraim: Hosea 9:14 “Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.”

    Furthermore, when people do it against the wishes of the husband, it is a property crime: Exodus 21:22 “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.”

    Typical christian – cherry pick what you like out of the bible and ignore the rest.

  • hrobert02

    Is that a ‘white horse’ or a ‘white camel’ the Shucksterbee is talking about? With all of his hypocritacally earned rishes he better hope he and his animal can fit through that eye of the needle Jesus was talking about.

  • willin46

    There they go again, the Baptist are debating what should be in the Republican Party platform. They are more concerned with partisan politics than they are with faith. No wonder the denomination is losing membership. They are going the way of the GOP.

  • Truthbetold3

    Mr. Chucklebee has about as much credibility as jerry Falsewell had … which is to say none at all.

    America is NOT a theocracy. (Thank Zeus!)

  • Truthbetold3

    This political activity should be more than enough to have the Baptists’ tax-exempt status pulled forthwith.

  • Truthbetold3

    May I point out that Mr. Reed, Mr. Perkins and Mr. Hucklebee get paid scads of MONEY to say these idiotic things?

  • bobdog3

    Another GOP dinosaur spouts his bile – nothing new here folks. And they wonder why young people reject the party!

  • mpyron7

    Why does religion need to be involved in politics? What’s with these dips_ts?

  • PhillyJimi1

    The GOP is hopelessly split between the bible & gun nuts and the we don’t want anything a liberal might suggest (even if it is a good idea). The country is moving on without them but they just don’t know it yet.

  • NewCovenant

    Mike Huckster’s a gasbag. And look at those jowls – too much fatted calf!

  • NewCovenant

    “Mr. Chucklebee” and “Jerry Falsewell”

    hehe…good ones! Don’t forgot old Phyllis Shoofly’s still out there hovering around like the old bat that she is.

  • armyofone

    I’m very sure that Jesus, as quote din the bible, said absolutely nothing about either homosexuality or abortion. There are plenty of other passages elsewhere in the Bible condemning homosexuality, but not from Jesus. If Christianity is supposed to be a religion about Jesus, as opposed to St. Paul or St. Augustine of the Old Testament, then I think American evangelicals should take another look at their Bible.

  • leibowde84

    Christianity is not the same as the religion that Jesus acknowledged. Christianity is the religion created by men after his death in his honor. Jesus, in the bible, is quoted as saying that the judgment day would come during his deciples’ lifetimes (at least some of them). This was obviously wrong, so Christianity kind of disregards it. Just an example of how the faith of Jesus was very different than the faith of Christians today.

  • bjeagle784

    Nice try however there is zero scientific proof that someone is born gay

  • popkultur

    GOPers don’t care about scientific proof.

  • EasttoAK

    Anyone who uses “scientific” and “proof” together shouldn’t be commenting on science.

  • bjeagle784

    Well you get back to me if they ever find the gay gene. Because to date science has been unable to find it.

  • Another Contrarian

    Geez, I could care less about identity politics and am tired of being told what to think.

  • NewCovenant

    “There are plenty of other passages elsewhere in the Bible condemning homosexuality”

    And all of those passages condemning homosexuality have been taken completely out of both their literary context and historical context and misinterpreted. The handful of passages in the Old and New Testaments that talk about God condemning specific sexual acts have nothing whatsoever to do with sexual orientation and everything to do with contexts such as cultic prostitution or gang rape. To put it another way, using the Bible as a handbook on human sexuality makes as much sense as using it as a handbook on astronomy. Just as those who wrote the Biblical texts had no concept of the science that would prove the earth actually revolves around the sun, they had no concept of homosexuality (which wasn’t defined until the 19th century).

  • Catken1

    Then stop telling other people how to run their marriages or families, and stop requiring others to abide by your beliefs about “appropriate” sexuality in order to have a civil marriage.

  • pmr4419

    So, bjeagle784, I demand you show this 70 year old, married for 51 years, exactly where the heterosexual gene is located.

  • Truthbetold3

    Sorry, armyofone, but there AREN’T ” plenty of other passages elsewhere in the Bible condemning homosexuality”. There are, in the entire book, exactly 6 references – and they are to homosexual lust, homosexual rape, and homosexual temple prostitution.

    There isn’t ONE example of what WE are discussing today as a consenting, committed, adult, human same-gender relationship outside of David’s love for Jonathan (“surpassing the love of women”) and that is not “condemned” anywhere.

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