04. February 2015 · Comments Off on Why Mike Huckabee is Just Dead Wrong · Categories: Blog Miscellania

Erstwhile 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently proclaimed, with regards to same-sex marriage:

“It’s like asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don’t want to do that — I mean, we’re not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard … We’re so sensitive to make sure we don’t offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can’t have the convictions that they’ve had for 2,000 years.”

Except here’s the deal, Mike. Your analogy is false. And silly.

Kosher Jewish delis don’t serve bacon-wrapped shrimp. They do serve kosher meals. And they’ll serve them to anyone, whether you are Jewish or not, whether you keep kosher or not. There’s no requirement to be circumcised, or have completed your bar/bat mitzvah in order to get a bowl of matzoh soup. You want to set a bar for civil marriage according to your religious principles. No one’s demanding that churches have to wed same sex couples or consecrate same-sex civil marriages. If you serve the wedding soup to some of the people with no religious qualification, you should serve it to everyone.

Additionally, owners of kosher delis don’t demand that all the other restaurants only serve a kosher menu as well. You and the conservative evangelical Christian cadre want to enforce your religious ideals through the civil process. And here, you don’t get to do that.

Finally, if you are Jewish, and you work for a non-kosher restaurant that *does* offer bacon-wrapped shrimp on its menu – then yeah, you’re expected to serve it to a customer who orders it. Not chow down to a plateful yourself, mind you. If you’re a religious person working for a government agency, you are not allowed to modify public policy and law to the parameters of your own personal beliefs.

Personal religious conviction is a fine thing for you and your community of believers, Mikey. However, you don’t get to mandate your personal code for the rest of us who don’t subscribe to your newsletter.

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