For my 20 regular readers and whoever drops in from Iowa, a reminder about Mr. Huckabee:
He believes the earth was created within the last few thousand years.
Normally, this isn't a problem. Lots of people believe six or more impossible things before breakfast... but they aren't trying to be President of the United States.
His religious views require him to disbelieve science in the case of human origins even though, in the rest of his life, he believes in scientific usefulness just like the rest of the post-enlightenment world. He believes the lights will go on when he flips the switch. He believes his car will run when he puts gas in it. He believes in aspirin. He believes in all the things that scientific method gives us good reasons to believe... except where his religious views contradict the evidence.
Christianity isn't the problem here. Plenty of Christians believe in science without damaging their compassion or their spiritual commitments. The Catholic Church has even apologized the Galileo and accepted that evolution is probably the origin of human beings physical existence.
It's only a narrow and cherry-picking version of Christianity that causes the problem.
Even inside his own Christianity, he's picked out one detail to accept as true, on the grounds that the Bible claims it's the literal word of God, while ignoring most of the really wacky stuff in Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers ... like killing people who wear cloth made from two kinds of thread. No, I'm not making that up.
Why the inconsistency? Because he can get away with it. Because it's winning him votes. Because our increasingly defunded education system has left something like 37% of Americans with the belief that, despite their belief in aspirin and the internal combustion engine, the world is 6 thousand, rather than 16 billion or so years old.
I'm sorry I don't have all the hilarious and disconcerting links tossed in tonight -- you can Google them up pretty easily -- but I have a terrible cold tonight and I can hardly see straight. :^)
This cold, as I'm sure Pastor Huckabee will agree, is caused by trolls living in my stomach.