MIKE HUCKABEE won't back down either, DEFENDS his anti-Islam comments

In the spirit of Allen West, just days after stirring Muslim ire for ripping Islam as “the antithesis of the gospel of Christ,” Mike Huckabee again sharply critiqued the religion, telling an evangelical magazine that Muslims are receiving special treatment “at the expense of others” — apparently referring to Christians — and that is “un-American.”

Politics DailyFormer Arkansas governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee found himself in hot water this week after he called Islam the “antithesis of the gospel of Christ” and said that churches that share worship space with Muslims are caving to a religion “that says that Jesus Christ and all the people that follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated.”

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In the interview with Christianity Today, Huckabee was asked about New York Rep. Peter King’s controversial plan to hold hearings in March on the alleged radicalization of American Muslims, and Huckabee responded by talking about concerns that Muslims wanted to “impose” the Islamic religious law code known as Sharia on Americans.

“We live in a country where people are free to be Muslim. They’re not free, however, to impose a Muslim law as if it were civil law,” Huckabee, a Baptist and former pastor, said. “If I were to say, okay, everyone must tithe to their local church, people would be outraged.”

Huckabee cited a story from 2007 when a campus of the University of Michigan installed foot baths to accommodate Muslim students — who comprised 10 percent of the student body — who wanted a safe facility to wash before their daily prayers. At least 18 other universities also have foot baths for Muslims and any others who want to use them.

“I don’t remember anyone ever accommodating me and saying we’re going to erect a cross so that we can make sure you’re comfortable when you walk across campus,” Huckabee said. “I find that the accommodation we’re making to one religion at the expense of the others is very un-American.”

Appearing on a Fox News show over the weekend, Huckabee also took aim at Islam as he criticized two Protestant churches that allowed Muslims to worship in their facilities when mosques in the area were too small or under construction.

“If the purpose of a church is to push forward the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then you have a Muslim group that says that Jesus Christ and all the people that follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated, I have a hard time understanding that,” Huckabee, a Fox host, said while he was a guest on “Fox & Friends.” “I mean if a church is nothing more than a facility and a meeting place free for any and all viewpoints, without regard to what it is, then should the church be rented out to show adult movies on the weekend?”

Huckabee added that Islam “is the antithesis of the gospel of Christ.” A leading Islamic advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), called Huckabee’s remarks “inaccurate and offensive” and asked him to apologize. CAIR said it would also help arrange a meeting between the former Arkansas governor and Muslim leaders “to discuss growing Islamophobia in American society.”

Huckabee has not responded to either request. (Damn right, and he won’t if he’s smart)

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