In response to the press release by Stephen Bennett we forwarded on December
9, a reader wrote the following, which we thought important to share. (And
by the way, the statements in the release did not entirely reflect our
December 11, 2007
I find you to be a tremendous asset to Christian and conservative causes.
Ordinarily I agree with your positions and assumptions. However, I'm
finding it difficult to do so on the issue of Huckabee and his recent
positions and statements on AIDS and homosexuality....
I believe that the title of your email to which I am replying ("Huckabee on
Homosexuality: A Man of Integrity"), which is also the title of former
homosexual Stephen Bennett's article, which you included, is misleading
because it suggests that the article is mainly about Huckabee's current
position when it has little to do with his current position.
While Huckabee's 1992 position was admirable, his present position, in my
estimation, is backpedaling, disingenuous, or worse. In the article-email
that you sent December 8 from Salon.com ("Huckabee Wanted to Isolate AIDS
Patients"), AP writer Andrew DeMillo claims Huckabee wrote in 1992, "If the
federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS
virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this
plague." In a Yahoo.com DeMillo AP article with the same title
(<http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071209/ap_po/huckabee_aids_9> ), Huckabee is
quoted as also having written, "Medical protocol typically says that if you
have a disease for which there is no cure, and you are uncertain about the
transmission of it, then the first thing you do is that you quarantine or
However, NewsMax.com wrote Sunday, December 9, 2007, 1:00 PM, in an article
titled "Huckabee Stands by AIDS Statement" (the content does not support the
title) about Huckabee's words concerning the "isolate the carriers" comment:
"In an interview on 'Fox News Sunday,' the former Arkansas governor denied
those words were a call to quarantine the AIDS population, although he did
not explain how else isolation would be achieved. 'I didn't say we should
quarantine,' he said. 'The idea was not to "lock people up."'" Remember, he
had written a very clear statement using the word "quarantine" as the proper
course of action. That sounds to me as though Huckabee is not being honest.
Also, DeMillo says that "[w]hen Huckabee wrote his answers in 1992, it was
common knowledge that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact." Now
Huckabee is suggesting he didn't know that. Were he to hold the same
admirable position now as he held in 1992, I believe he would defend his
position of that time because whether or not he knew it was not spread by
casual contact, quarantine was the correct solution to the problem with
homosexual carriers, and he would say that now.
Stephen Bennett said, "It was just a matter of time before Huckabee's
statements resurfaced and I am thankful they did. I'm even more thankful for
Mike Huckabee not denying what he said, but clarifying his remarks and
holding true to his firm moral convictions on homosexuality." However, so
far, I've seen only evidence that Huckabee is backpedaling, changing his
position. He was not "clarifying" his remarks. He's been on the
politically correct defensive.
Further, the Andrew DeMillo articles indicate the discrepancy between
Huckabee's correct stand on AIDS funding in 1992, as it was out of
proportion to that of other diseases, versus his present stand to increase
funding. Also, those same articles indicate that as recently as
2003,"Huckabee said that the U.S. Supreme Court was probably right to strike
down anti-sodomy laws, but that states still should be able to restrict
things such as gay marriage or domestic partner benefits." How does he
reconcile those two positions? The U.S. Supreme Court had no Constitutional
to strike down anti-sodomy laws, and Huckabee does not say how he thinks the
patchwork of state "gay" marriage laws will work.
I know that many of the "Values Voters" want to get behind a single
candidate that they believe is a good one, and many picked Huckabee for that
person at the Values Voter debate several months back. From the articles
you sent and others I've read on the subject, I can in no way conclude that
Huckabee is to be commended for his recent statements on
homosexuals/homosexuality and AIDS. All that these articles have done for
me is to cause me to have a lesser opinion of the man. (Eagle Forum has a
dim opinion of Huckabee's honesty as concerning an education pledge he made.
See Eagle Forum "News & Notes," Dec. 7, 2007, at
<http://www.eagleforum.org/news-notes/index.html> for the article "New
Hampshire NEA to endorse Clinton and Huckabee." )
With sincere respect,
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