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Mike Huckabee, who can always be counted on to say something idiotic in the name of Jesus, lived up to that reputation last night.

He was on Fox News speaking about a successful atheist-led lawsuit to remove a giant Christian cross from a public park in Pensacola, Florida. A judge ruled on Monday said “the cross has been sustained for a religious purpose” (not a legal secular one) and that “the law is the law.” He gave city officials 30 days to remove the cross from the park.

Huckabee’s response to all that?


… It’s absurd. Four people. Four people in Pensacola said that they had a problem with this. Tens of thousands of people have enjoyed the fact that it’s there. They’ve seen it. They haven’t been offended by it. And this is one of those, just, irrational decisions for the court. I think the judge felt he was in a box on it.

But let me ask you this, Martha… If this cross in Pensacola is somehow offensive to the point that people can’t even go by there without being overwhelmed with religion, then tell me: When are we gonna take all the crosses down at Arlington National Cemetery? Because it’s filled with crosses. It’s filled with religious symbols. In some cases, it may be the Star of David. But those are all religious symbols. When will all those come down? Is that not offensive?

This is absurd. We are a nation that has freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. But that’s what some of these folks, they want. It’s not that they really are offended. They just can’t stand the fact that there are some people who believe in God.

Once again, Huckabee packs a lot of bullshit in a small amount of time.

  1. This isn’t just four people versus everyone else. It’s four people who were willing to put their names on a lawsuit and deal with the ramifications of that. More importantly, though, it could’ve been just one person. That’s how the legal system works. One person who has legal standing to bring a case forward is all it takes to call out a government that’s breaking the law. You’d think a man who loves the Constitution so much would have some respect for our justice system.
  2. No one has a problem with the crosses at Arlington National Cemetery. The soldiers who died made those requests ahead of time. That’s not a government establishing religion. That’s a personal decision and the government doesn’t discriminate against people who choose a non-Christian symbol. (Huckabee may never admit it, but there are plenty of soldiers with atheist symbols on their tombstones, too.) It’s just an awful comparison. There’s a difference between government promotion of one religion and government allowing people to express their personal faith.
  3. This was a violation of the Establishment Clause. Yes, we’re a nation with freedom of religion, as well as freedom from religion. That means all of us have the right to believe or not believe as we wish. None of that allows the government to promote one particular religion, which is precisely what was happening in Pensacola. If the city had erected a monument to Islam or atheism instead of Christianity, Huckabee would be giving a very different folksy rant.
  4. And we’re all very used to being surrounded by people who believe in God. We’re not offended by their presence. We’re not Mike Huckabee, who seems to freak out when people who disagree with him assert themselves. We speak up, however, when those religious people think the government ought to function as their church.

Christians shouldn’t get preferential treatment from the government, but that’s what happened here. The judge correctly said that was illegal. It’s that simple.

Huckabee will never understand that because he has too much riding on his ignorance.

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.