Mike Huckabee stepped to the front lines of the latest battle in the culture war on Wednesday, explaining to Megyn Kelly his support of Indiana’s religious liberty law.
Appearing on “The Kelly File,” the former Arkansas governor fired back against comments made by Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, who said none of those people who would defend Indiana’s RFRA law “are qualified to be president of the United States.”
Kelly pointed out that Connecticut has its own version of the law Indiana just passed—a key difference is that Indiana’s law protects businesses as well as individuals.
Huckabee called this “a manufactured crisis by the left,” and “an utterly phony attempt to create some kind of division.”
“I’ve never seen anything so utterly off the mark in my life, trying to say that the RFRA law is actually discrimination,” he said.
“It is most certainly not.”
Huckabee argued that the law simply gives access to the courts for religious liberty claims; it doesn’t guarantee anyone wins in court.
Kelly probed further, citing proponents of gay marriage who believe those rights “are so important they shouldn’t be subjected to judicial whim.”
“There’s nothing in the RFRA that in any way says a thing about homosexuality, gay marriage,” Huckabee responded.
Huckabee accused Malloy of not knowing the difference between “discrimination and discretion.”
“Discrimination is when someone comes into the pizza place, they are turned away because they are black, or because they female, or because they are gay,” he said, adding that ordering a pizza doesn’t give any clue if someone is gay.
“If you want me to show up and deliver a cake with two men on top of it,” Huckabee said, “because I’m a Christian, then I’m not gonna be able to do that.”
“That’s not discrimination, that’s discretion.”
When Kelly asked if there’s a move toward discrimination against Christian beliefs in America, Huckabee said, “major corporations fold up like a cheap tent in a windstorm.
“And it breaks my heart to see it.
“There may come a time when the vast numbers of people in this country, some of them not Christian, who will say, ‘this is going too far,’” he warned.
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