Mike Huckabee: Martin Luther King Would Agree Gay Marriage Like The Holocaust
There are few things more cringe-inducing than far right conservatives invoking Martin Luther King Jr. in their fight against LGBT rights. That’s exactly what Fox News host Mike Huckabee did on Thursday, claiming that King’s writings suggest that he too would agree that the fight against gay marriage is like the fight against the Nazis.
Speaking at the March for Marriage in Washington, Huckabee said that nothing threatens personal liberty than courts overturning gay marriage bans.
“Nothing threatens your personal liberty more than the notion that you would bow your knee to the court system apart from the ultimate rule of the Constitution. And all of the branches of government, all of which are not there to tell you what you cannot do, but to guarantee the freedoms that you are always supposed to have,” he said.
He then read a letter that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote while in a Birmingham jail.
“One may well ask, ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’ The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that that ‘An unjust law is no law at all,’” he read.
He continued reading, “We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal.”
Huckabee then said, “I wish I had penned those words. But they were penned by someone who understood freedom, and understood that there was a time to stand up against law when it has become unjust.”
“I wish he were here today to say… Mr. Supreme Court justices, Madam Supreme Court justices, your role is only to interpret the law, to make sure that it somehow meshes with the Constitution, not that it messes with the Constitution!” Huckabee concluded.
Never mind the fact that King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, has repeatedly said that King would have backed the LGBT rights movement, saying “freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.”