President Barack Obama opposes “what Christians stand for” and is “against the Jews in Israel,” but the Muslim community, radical or moderate, knows that it has Obama’s “undying, unfailing support,” said Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a best-selling author.
“I mean, everything he does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel,” Huckabee said of Obama in an interview with host Elizabeth Hasselbeck on the Feb. 9 Fox & Friends.
“The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community,” said Huckabee. “And it doesn`t matter whether it’s the radical Muslim community or the more moderate Muslim community. He can be defensive of moderate Muslims and still be very, very clear in saying that the fanatical Muslims are the heart and soul of the war that is raging across this world.”
“And unlike what he said -- when he said that it was the most dangerous threat in our nation right now in the State of the Union -- the truth is he said our greatest threat was climate change,” remarked Huckabee. “Elizabeth, I assure you that a beheading is much worse than a sunburn.”
The former governor, who is also a commentator on ABC Radio’s The Huckabee Report, made his remarks in response to questions about President Obama’s speech at the Feb. 5 National Prayer Breakfast.
In his talk, Obama said, “From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, their faith, professed to stand up for Islam, but, in fact, are betraying it. We see ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism -- terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.”
Obama further said, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
When asked about those remarks, Huckabee said, “The very comments that President Obama made are nothing short of shocking. How on Earth he could go back 1,000 years in history, and pick up something that Christians did in response to Muslim aggression and somehow blame Christians for the burning of a Jordanian pilot, for the cutting off the heads of children who were Christians? It’s absolutely stunning to me.”
Host Elizabeth Hasselbeck then said that while Obama was not hesitant to name Christians he did not say the words “radical Islam.”
Governor Huckabee responded, “He never once in his speech said we are fighting against Islamic jihadists. He never even said that these people are a perversion of Islam, even though every one who is one in the fight says it is – everyone except Barack Obama.”
“He also brought in Jim Crow laws, as if it were Christians who were responsible for racism in America,” said Huckabee, who is an Ordained Southern Baptist minister. “I think he’s forgetting that it was the Christian movement, led by the reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who resisted racism. And many of the most staunch voices that helped to bring this country into a whole new understanding of racial justice were voices from the pulpits.”
Huckabee also noted that Obama’s remarks equating the Crusades with actions by radical Islamists today were not unprepared.
“What’s shocking about this speech, this wasn’t an ad-libbed, off-the-cuff remark,” said Huckabee. “This was scripted. He knew what he wanted to say, and how anybody, whether they’re with the New York Times or anyone, can hear that speech and say yes, that pretty well accurately reflected what’s happening in the world. I can’t begin to fathom how they could defend it.”
Huckabee, 59, served as the Republican governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He is married and has three children. He is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times best seller, Do The Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America.