Evening Edition - April 16

April 16, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar and her defenders are trying to spin criticism of her offensive comments about Jews, Israel or 9/11 as anti-Muslim hate speech.  However, I wrote when Omar made her “some people did something” comment about 9/11 that it was an insult not only to the victims, their families and all Americans, but also to Muslims who were also victims of the attack, first responders and members of the US military. 

 

So maybe the best way to respond to the transparent tactic of playing victim to dodge well-deserved criticism is to stand aside and let this woman do it.  Dr. Qanta Ahmed is a Muslim doctor in New York City who still treats people suffering from the after-effects of 9/11.  She wrote an op-ed that pulls no punches about what she thinks of Rep. Omar’s comments and her attempts to deflect criticism by hiding behind her religion. “Disgrace to Islam” is one of her milder phrases.   

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/muslim-activist-calls-disgrace-ilhan-omar-brutal-op-ed/

 

Poor Chris Wallace also made the mistake of trying to run the Democratic line about criticism of Omar being tantamount to inciting violence past my daughter Sarah.  Hope he was able to reattach his head after she handed it to him.  

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/chris-wallace-tries-cornering/

 

By the way, if you enjoyed that exchange, set your DVRs or mark your kitchen calendars for Sunday, April 28th at 10:30 p.m. EST (9:30 Central) when I’ll sit down for an in-depth conversation with the most famous Huckabee in the family, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  It’s only on TBN, home of my weekly TV show. 

 

https://www.tbn.org/huckabee

 

In a lighter tone, Jim Treacher of PJ Media attempted to untangle the Democrats’ frantic spinning over Ilhan Omar’s controversial comments that’s tied them up in logical and semantic knots.  They’re now arguing that criticizing her is the same as inciting violence against her, and inciting violence is bad, unless you’re inciting violence against people on the right, which is good because they’re white supremacists who have it coming, like former KKK wizard David Duke, who recently expressed his support for…Ilhan Omar. 

 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/dems-insist-criticism-is-violence-and-also-violence-is-good/

 

 

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Hawaiian Sen. Mazie “To heck with due process” Hirono trotted out one of the most worn-out deflection tactics of the pro-abortion lobby to justify the Democrats’ opposition to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would essentially ban abortion after 20 weeks.  Hirono dismissed the killing of children in the womb by attacking Republican policies such as getting rid of Obamacare: 

 

“I hope that supporters of the bills we’re talking about today, both in the states and in Congress, turn their efforts to improving the lives of children who are very much here already and who are so poorly served by the Trump administration and its policies.”

 

As National Review pointed out, citing her exclusive concern for babies who are “here already” was a staggering bit of hypocrisy, considering she and her fellow Democrats also blocked the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, which merely required giving medical care to babies who were born alive during an abortion.  New flash, Sen. Hirono: “Born alive” means they are “HERE ALREADY!” 

 

Of course, if she and other abortion defenders would be honest with themselves, they would admit that a baby in the womb at 20 weeks – a baby that can feel pain, suck its thumb, hear its mother’s heartbeat and music outside the womb, and even taste the foods its mother eats – that baby is also “here already.” 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/abortion-supporting-sen-hirono-goes-full-hypocrite-gut-wrenching-attack-pro-life-cause/

 

 

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You might want to mark down this date in the history books for what I’m about to say: I couldn’t agree more with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

 

Let me be specific on what I mean.  She’s obviously trying to tamp down the perception that a handful of young leftist radicals with no filters on their mouths are taking over the Democratic Party (which isn’t easy when the media fawn over them like movie stars and amplify their every brain dropping.)  Sunday on “Sixty Minutes,” Pelosi downplayed them as a faction of only “like five people.” 

 

Then on Monday in London, she said the Democrats can only increase their hold on Congress by winning swing districts, not districts like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s in The Bronx or hers in San Francisco, where “a glass of water” with a “D” next to its name on the ballot would win. 

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-a-glass-of-water-with-d-next-to-it-would-win-ocasio-cortezs-district

 

It was diplomatic of her to toss in praise for AOC as “a wonderful member of Congress” and include her district to try to soften the knife blow.  But it’s pretty obvious what she really thinks.  And for once, I agree with her.  A glass of water with a "D" by its name could win in both of their districts.

 

In fact, I would love to run an experiment to see what else with a “D” next to its name could win in those districts.  A ham sandwich (or maybe in those districts, a tofurkey and kale sandwich?) A flatulent cow?  A potted plant?  The real question is, could they win the nomination if they posed a primary challenge to AOC?  Polls seem to be trending that way.  If that happens, my money’s on the potted plant to win any debates. 

 

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Please join me in sending prayers and support to a true Huck’s Hero, Hong Kong pastor Chu Yiu-ming, leader of Chai Wan Baptist Church.  In a rising atmosphere of persecution of Christians by the Chinese communist government, Chu and eight other activists were convicted of the “crime” of “conspiracy to commit public nuisance” related to their work with pro-democracy Occupy Central and Umbrella Movement protests. 

 

Facing up to seven years in prison, the 75-year-old Chu could have tried to curry favor with the judge and Beijing by backing down from his commitment to Jesus Christ, human rights and dignity for all people.  But he refuses to be “lukewarm” for Christ.  Instead, he gave a ringing statement (some say a sermon) to the court on democracy, freedom, love, faith and the God-given rights of individuals that cannot be taken away by any political regime.  It’s already been translated into English, printed in the Hong Kong Free Press, and is inspiring other believers.  Read it at the link, along with more about this story and this brave and outstanding Christian leader who deserves international support.

 

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/april/hong-kong-pastor-occupy-umbrella-movement-chu-yiu-ming.html

 

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In case you missed last weekend’s episode of “Huckabee” on TBN (and why would you ever do that, especially when you can watch it online at https://www.tbn.org/huckabee ), I used my monologue to address a recent flurry of criticism against me from leftist and LGBTQ sites.  This article has more background on what that was about, how my words were misconstrued and mischaracterized, and how I responded.  

 

https://www.christianpost.com/news/mike-huckabee-responds-to-hateful-bigot-accusations-i-refuse-to-deny-gods-law.html

 

Anyone who reads my daily commentaries could tell you that I have made it clear again and again that holding traditional religious beliefs and refusing to endorse a particular lifestyle that you believe is sinful  (whether it involves sexuality, divorce, abortion or whatever) does not mean you “hate” people who disagree with you.  Christians believe that you must love your neighbor, which means that hating people is also a sin. I don’t know why this is so hard for some to grasp, since, unlike the ever-changing standards of secular society, the Christian belief in hating the sin but loving the sinner has remained unchanged for 2,000 years. 

 

I don't hate anyone and never have.  But I don't believe anyone will ever find happiness or fulfillment by demanding that God conform to their standards rather than that they obey His.     

 

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Seth Meyers announced that his late night NBC show will expand to 90 minutes on Thursday to do a “deep dive” into analyzing the Mueller Report and putting it in “context,” and that his guest will be Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. So good news: if you think a late night comedian is qualified to analyze a 400-page legal investigative report in a matter of hours, then you probably also think the mayor of South Bend is qualified to be President, so set your DVRs, this is the show for you!

 

I think I'd rather stay up late, listening for the distant humming sound of Johnny Carson spinning in his grave.

 

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/438996-late-night-with-seth-meyers-to-run-long-thursday-for-deep-dive-into-mueller

 

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On behalf of myself and my staff, I wish to extend our sympathies and prayers to the people of France and to Catholics worldwide after the devastating fire that ravaged the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday.  It’s said that if the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, Notre Dame is France, representing its faith, culture and history.  Shocked bystanders watched as firefighters fought the blaze, praying and singing hymns as the famous 300-foot-tall Gothic spire that was once the tallest structure in Paris collapsed and fell. It’s suspected that the blaze started due to chemicals from an ongoing restoration project, but that’s not yet officially determined. 

 

This story from the Daily Mail probably features the most photos, videos, history and information of any I’ve found.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6925015/Fire-breaks-historic-Notre-Dame-cathedral-Paris.html

 

But with the sunrise in Paris came some hopeful news.  One firefighter was badly injured, but there were no fatalities.  While the Cathedral suffered massive damage, particularly to the roof, much of the building appears to have miraculously survived. The Paris fire chief said “the worst had been avoided” and “we can consider that the main structure of Notre Dame has been saved and preserved,” as well as the two towers. Many of the statues had already been removed prior to the restoration work, and people formed human chains to remove priceless artworks and religious relics.  And as sad as the loss of the famous spire is, it was added in the 1860s and wasn’t an original part of the Cathedral.   

 

Experts had warned for years that the Cathedral was badly in need of restoration, but the government was reluctant to allocate the money, offering only about a fourth of the $170 million estimate. Private donors were being sought to try to make up the difference.  But to quote the great philosopher Joni Mitchell, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.”  President Macron announced a fund drive to hire the best talents to rebuild and restore the Cathedral, and French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault (husband of actress Salma Hayek) pledged 100 million euros (about $113 million) to kick it off.  Fellow billionaire Bernard Arnault, owner of the luxury goods group LVMH (Moet, Louis Vuitton, etc.), then pledged $226 million.  Darn those evil billionaires.

 

It’s a terrible loss, but maybe having to rebuild it will serve as a painful reminder of the importance of the culture, history and religious faith that it stands for and that too many people in recent years have forgotten or turned their backs on.  It’s also a reminder that as beautiful, important and historic as a building may be, it is still only stones and wood, and subject to the elements. 

 

Let us never forget that what the Cathedral stands for is eternal and can never be destroyed by fire, wind or flood.  That is faith in Jesus Christ, who “continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently” (Hebrews 7:24), is “with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20), and “is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8.)

 

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Since you likely watch our show, I suppose I need to warn you that according to some recent news articles, you are watching a show hosted by a hateful bigot.  And that was about the nicest things said about me. 

 

I recently spoke at the National Religious Broadcasters meeting in Anaheim, CA and was interviewed by the Christian Post.  They asked me what did I believe was the biggest threat facing our culture.  I replied that it was the abandonment of the Biblical standards of the family.  The view that there is no such thing as maleness or femaleness anymore.  That marriage doesn’t really matter so therefore divorce is no big deal and any form of marriage is equally valid—not just between a male and female.  That fathers aren’t that important to the development of a child.  That gender is fluid and we can just choose a gender based on how we feel rather than how we were created.  And that the Bible is an old book that no longer represents our changing culture and it often fails to be on the “right side of history.”  

 

Since that article, virtually every left-wing publication in the country has blasted me for what they called homophobic and anti-LGBTQ hate.  Most fail to point out that I said virtually NOTHING about LGBTQ anything.  My main point was the reason for so much cultural confusion and moral decadence was the Christian church.  Too many modern churches have decided to preach a gospel that doesn’t offend anyone by basically saying “do whatever you feel good about. “ We have ignored or dismissed Biblical standards so we can be modern, relevant, in-touch, hip, and relatable.  Surely God would never want us to hurt someone’s feelings or disagree with THEIR beliefs.  I certainly don’t think God wants us to be obnoxious, judgmental, hateful, or self-righteous, but without apology I believe God has created a standard and we need to challenge our culture to tune itself to God’s truth rather than to demand God tune Himself to “my truth” and our culture.  Before I can play a piece of music, I must first tune the instrument to the musical standard.  Whether the standard is a tuning fork, a well-tuned piano, or an electronic tuning device, even the most virtuoso musician will only make noise if his/her instrument isn’t tuned to the fixed, absolute notes of the musical scale. 

 

I didn’t make the rules.  If there is indeed a God and I believe there is, then He creates the rules since He created the game.  My job as a human is not to persuade Him to agree to MY behavior or standards, but to change my behavior to HIS standards.  I don’t hate anyone, but I refuse to ignore or deny God’s law or natural law.  If I fail to tune my life to those standards, how can I hope to make music of my life?  When every instrument in the band plays according to its own standard of tuning, the result is chaos and noise.  The instruments are not the same in tone or volume, or sound, but they join together to make music only if they agree on the tuning device.  You are free to live the life you wish to live, but you are not free to tune your life to what YOU feel, believe or think instead of a standard of God and end up with a result that is beautiful. 

 

If that makes me a hateful bigot, then it’s because those who label me that are tuned to a different standard.  With no apology, I’ll do my best to tune my life and beliefs to God’s unchanging standard rather than ask Him to re-write the Bible and tune His standards to me.

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  • jared C. Murray

    04/17/2019 12:53 PM

    I love what you said about tuning ourselves to God, rather than the other way around. What have we as a nation done, to turn away from our God and his son, Jesus Christ? I greatly fear for this nation and its future. The Lord has told us that this is a promised land for a refuge for those who would keep his commandments. We really have become a huge orchestra with nearly everyone playing out of tune. I greatly appreciate what and how you wrote today. You are a good man. Thank you!

  • Anne Fernandes

    04/17/2019 07:51 AM

    I've had two good giggles this morning. The first concerned a character reference from The Princess Bride, one of my top ten movies even if it was directed by the leftist of the left, Rob Reiner. The second, this quote from the governor, "Hope he was able to reattach his head after she handed it to him." re: Ms. Sanders response to Chris Wallace's mindless comments. It is good to begin the day with a chuckle or two! Thanks, Governor.

  • Lois Bryant

    04/17/2019 07:15 AM

    I am 80 years old. The late sixties turned everything upside down, tge secular trinity took hold & it has been me, myself & I ever since. I think trans gender may be our final declaration to God. Thanks but, I’d rather do it myself. My heart breaks for the future.
    I have asked this question many times on a religious
    channel - crickets. Since the. women’s rights
    organization, “Me Too” is so important, in this trans
    world, Who is “Me”? Now w/Pete running as married,
    gay (the wife), would he be first woman President?
    Hillary wouldn’t like that. (Haven’t posed that question!) God Bless you & Sarah!!, Esther 4:14

    “Me Too” is so important
    My heart breaks

  • Geraldine Tinnin

    04/17/2019 03:46 AM

    God bless you Governor Huckabee, and God bless your lovely daughter Sarah. We appreciate the service you both are giving to our country. You are voices of sanity in this crazy world where now, right is wrong and wrong is right!
    Thank you!

  • Patricia de la Tejera

    04/16/2019 11:51 PM

    Today´s message from heaven at www.holylove.org explains the comparison of the modern church and the burnt out shell of Notre Dame. Also explains the Church of Atonement.

  • Norman A Stevens

    04/16/2019 11:30 PM

    Thank you for standing up for the Bible and Christian teachings. Our hope is that Jesus is coming again. Amen

  • Ann Weigler

    04/16/2019 10:51 PM

    I am so thankful that you are so honest about your faith, why you have it, and what a treasure it is to know Jesus Christ. That is so basic for anyone to live a good life. He didn't say it would be easy, it sure was not easy for HIM, but to know He is with us all the way makes life worthwhile.
    Thank you for all your comments, you certainly have a good sense of humor! I enjoy it all!
    Sincerely,
    Ann

  • Gary Stilwell

    04/16/2019 10:19 PM

    Second comment--this on the santuary cities---
    Trump's idea is one brilliant, and maybe damaging---
    I am in favor of sending all these folks to the sanct. cities--they deserve them. The one caveat I would include is that since these cities defy Federal Law, they get NO Federal grant $ to further the situation they have put themselves in--not a penny!!
    Some have claimed this may increase the Driver license base, and thus voter registration--I don't think so! you must be a CITIZEN of these United States to vote--a driver's license doesn't cut it--and if the States these cities are in try to do otherwise--they should be sanctioned--no different than North Korea, period.

  • JoeJones

    04/16/2019 10:18 PM

    I read them. and as a former dyed in the wool atheist, who now knows with certainty that God exists and believes that Jesus was god manifest in human flash. i am so pleased to hear you preaching the "love the sinner but hate the sin" that Jess taught us. I pray that you will keep strong in the face of an angry and hateful opposition. My praters go with you.

  • Gary Stilwell

    04/16/2019 10:08 PM

    Sir, your last entries here are spot on. The family unit is under attack and the attackers are winning. Our Country is being driven morally into the toilet.

    The " I deserve this" group is permeating our society-be it the sinner lgbt or the worthless politicians promoting "free" stuff for all. We should pity these misguided folks and pray for their redemption.(we will have to do this in private, though, 'cause if they get wind of anyone trying to help them to actually join the moral human race, they will attempt to sue you).
    A note here on the Notre-Dame Cathedral--even tough we are blasted by the French(we did Liberate them from the Nazi threat, and saved their Country--but somehow we still "owe" them reparations?????), maybe you have a direct line to Pres. Trump--how about we provide a few $ and some architectural expertise to help rebuild this icon of Faith?
    Cortez and Iman would have a conniption fit--tell 'em to pound sand.

  • Fran Robertson

    04/16/2019 09:48 PM

    Dear Governor, Ilian Omar isn't the first one to use such amorphous terms (some people did something). I remember a few years ago there were some Muslims in Paris who specifically shot into a Jewish deli, and several Jews were killed. Obama referred to the incident by saying 'some folks got shot'. Doncha LOVE how they do that? Makes me grit my teeth!

  • Bob Topp

    04/16/2019 09:46 PM

    Thank you for an eloquent analogy for the Christian life and for the necessity of fixed standards against which we are to measure ourselves.
    Created beings have no business imposing their standards on their Creator.

  • Kristina A. Muinos

    04/16/2019 09:43 PM

    Bravo Governor Huckabee! Well stated , God’s continued Blessings on you & family????

  • JC Holland

    04/16/2019 09:40 PM

    Since Paris is being over run by Muslims, maybe they should rebuild Notre Dame into a Mosque.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    04/16/2019 09:32 PM

    Bless you, Mike. Keep on keepin' on.

  • Eric H Read

    04/16/2019 09:26 PM

    We must return to those laws and rules that God has given us. It is very apparent in our society today, and around the world, that taking Him out of our lives has created nothing but turmoil. To the end of your article, I add my very heartfelt AMEN!

  • Maris K Hodges

    04/16/2019 09:04 PM

    I love Sarah Huckabee Sanders! Go Sarah. I wish I could contact President Trump and ask why he has not put sanctions on money illegals are pouring back into their own countries!. What happened to sanctions against Mexico who is behind the influx of illegals.

  • Ross Lucas

    04/16/2019 08:43 PM

    Fantastic, thank you.

  • Martin Pedersen

    04/16/2019 08:24 PM

    I hope the Republican's new health care plan has provisions for truly affordable Long Term Care Insurance options for citizens without it and over 60 years of age. "Spending down" retirement savings to qualify for getting State-managed Medicaid is a sad option.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/16/2019 08:22 PM

    Mike I have to comment last week I took a trip back to the 60's and told the younger people we did not allow opposite sex members to visit the same restrooms in public buildings the sexes remained separate. Heaven help the pervert to choose to enter the wrong restroom especially if Dad is around or some other person, they defended decency during this era that did not work in the 60's and it should not work today. How far is the left going to go? Are they going to allow marriage between man and a beast, Man or woman to marry a robot, where will this lunacy end if you don't stop this indecent behavior now. Mike take the criticism as a badge of honor as the potted plant goes it has more honor than the horrible Left. God has blessed you with a great mind, courage to defend decency and just to be decent seems to be a gift in the world surrounded by people on the Left. You are admired, to be in the circle of decency along with Sarah and your wife as your companions and do not forget the millions who stand with you in that circle.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    04/16/2019 08:18 PM

    Your last comment sums it up beautifully and I would add one more phrase- "God said it, I believe it, that settles it"

  • Margaret Collins

    04/16/2019 08:06 PM

    AMEN...GOD SAID IT AND THAT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

  • Jess Maxwell

    04/16/2019 08:02 PM

    I just wanted to thank you so much for what you've written tonight and I praise God for you and all you do. I couldn't agree more with what you've written. I will continue to pray for you and your whole family.

    Jess Maxwell

  • Nelda White

    04/16/2019 08:02 PM

    You are a beautiful person. Thank you for your clear and honest support of God and our bible. I have believed the same, but the spoiled always think everyone, including God, should change their beliefs to fit them. Our first loyalty is to God and should be. Thank you.

  • DeEtte Moon

    04/16/2019 07:50 PM

    I enjoyed your comments the evening of April 16. Thank you for presenting the truth about God's truth so clearly!