Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee angrily asserted on his Fox News show that the mainstream media employs a double standard for political invocations of Jesus Christ's name.
"What I would like to know is why is it OK for Barack Obama to publicly invoke the name of Jesus to justify high taxes or same-sex marriage, but when I mention that my faith leads me to accept what Jesus said regarding marriage as 'a man shall leave his mother and father, and a woman shall leave her home and the two will become one flesh,' I get whacked by the press and the pundits? I've been called a narrow-minded bigot, a homophobic hate monger, a Neanderthal, right-wing religious kook, and other things not mentionable on family television," Huckabee said last week, according to a transcript FoxNews.com posted Tuesday morning.
The catalyst for Huckabee's statements was President Obama invoking Jesus last week when he announced that he now supports gay marriage. "When we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf," Obama said to ABC News. "But it's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated."
Huckabee wasn't alone in his distaste for Obama's reference of Jesus. The Washington Times reported that former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared in a radio interview, "I assume people are entitled to their Christian beliefs, but they are not entitled to take the Bible and twist it to where it is unrecognizable — and that is certainly what the president did."