Before I get started I need to make clear that former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee is my favorite Republican candidate for President. Ben Carson could be a close second, but it’s hard to beat out Huckabee when the cow chips are down. That’s why I latched onto a news item about his book.
Here’s what caught my attention:
Mike Huckabee’s 1998 Book Is Full Of Fake Quotes From America’s Founders
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary to make sure the sources in your book are not an Internet quotations page.
What’s that? Is this possible? Author or co-author 14 books, former governor of Arkansas, former Baptist pastor, political commentator—and he can’t keep his quotes straight? There has to be some explanation. Unfortunately the explanation is from BuzzFeed reporters Andrew Kaczynski and Mark Arce. Here is some of the bad news:
A number of the quotations, such as those from Washington and Jefferson, have been routinely debunked by libraries of the past presidents but still regularly find their way into books from conservative figures. Other quotes, debunked by prominent historians, seem to be used for the first time in the book.
Call me a wienie if you want, but I had to see for myself. This kind of thing is beyond the pale. Maybe not for a politician, but for somebody who touts great respect for the Ten Commandments, especially the one concerning false witness. I bought the book, and read it. Ouch! This is not looking good:
Thomas Jefferson asserted that the “chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.”17
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 730-733). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
This is the kind of sterling comment we would expect from founding father and hero of the American Revolution Thomas Jefferson. The reference  is to “Harold Kane, Liberty! Cry Liberty! (Boston: Lamb and Lamb, 1939), 31.” Unfortunately, there seems to be no basis for claiming this as a Jefferson quote:
Quotation: “The first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction. Abandon that, and you have abandoned all.”
- “The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that, and you have abandoned all.”
- Papers of Thomas Jefferson
- Thomas Jefferson retirement papers
- Thomas Jefferson: Papers and Biographies collections in Hathi Trust Digital Library
Earliest appearance in print found: 1989
Comments: This quotation has not been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.
– Anna Berkes, December 29, 2011
Is that about it? No. According to Kaczynski and Arce there are more:
Any woodsman can tell you that in a broken and sundered nest, one can hardly expect to find more than a precious few whole eggs. So it is with the family.1
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 1326-1328). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
This is also attributed to Jefferson. A note on the Patheos site disputes this:
Neither the Thomas Jefferson Foundation nor The Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University could verify the quote.
“I have searched our presidential files using woodsman, nest, and family as keywords and have not found this quote,” The Papers of Thomas Jefferson wrote to BuzzFeed News in a statement.
Huckabee’s cites “King’s Signet Book’s” in his book as the source for the quote, but a search for the source only turns up links to Huckabee’s book and another book, Revolution: Jesus’ Call to Change the World.
George Washington does not escape Huckabee’s imagination:
It is impossible to rightly govern without God and the Bible.
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 400-401). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Huckabee and Grant don’t cite a reference for this quote. Turning to the George Washington’s Mount Vernon site brings up this:
The quote is frequently misattributed to Washington, particularly in regards to his farewell address of 1796. The origin of the misquote is, perhaps, a mention of a similar statement in a biography of Washington first published in 1835. However, the quote that appeared in the biography has never been proven to have come from Washington. For this reference, see: http://tinyurl.com/a952ym2
One writer commenting on the matter notes Jefferson did write with language similar to the first Jefferson quote. However, Huckabee’s and Grant’s attribution remains vacuous.
I read the book with knowledge of these problems, and was obliged to observe that quotes from many sources make up a sizable portion of the book. Full disclosure: I incorporate a wad of quotes when posting to this blog. Allow me to point out a difference.
I quote other writers, because I want to tell my readers this is what they said. My intent is not to say “I think this, and so does this famous person.” A lot of time I disagree with the quoted matter. Putting co-author Grant aside for a moment, what Huckabee does throughout the book is to validate a point he wants to make by saying these other people agree. As a result I came away with the impression Huckabee’s book is mainly fact-free. That is, a lot of what makes up the book is not solid fact but only the opinion of Huckabee and others he quotes. I spent $9.99 (plus tax) for the book, and I was hoping to get something more besides a couple hundred pages of Huckabee’ musings. I have been wrong before.
The book is about Kids Who Kill. That’s the title. That’s the first chapter. The rest is a commentary and opinion by Huckabee and Grant. Let’s assume Huckabee. How does the book start? The part about kids who kill. Part 1 has the title “A Dark Cloud Descends.”
Nothing is more common than for men to make partial and absurd distinctions between vices of equal enormity, and to observe some of the divine commands with great scrupulousness, while they violate others, equally important, without any concern, or the least apparent consciousness of guilt.1 —Samuel Johnson
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 146-149). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Quoting Samuel Johnson (Samuel Johnson, Omnibus (London: MacDonald and Stott, 1926), 1: 88) is a good place to start when discussing kids who kill. The first chapter gets to the gritty. The title is “Armed and Dangerous.” The quote is:
Thin lips can make a music; hateful eyes can see; crooked limbs go dancing to a strange melody; the surly heart of clowns can crack with ecstasy; rootbound oaks toss limbs if winds come fervently.1 —Donald Davidson
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 155-157). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
The citation is:
William Pratt, ed., The Fugitive Poets: Modern Southern Poetry in Perspective (Nashville: J. S. Sanders, 1991), 33.
For those not familiar with Donald Davidson:
Donald Grady Davidson (August 8, 1893 – April 25, 1968) was a U.S. poet, essayist, social and literary critic, and author. He is best known as a founding member of the Nashville, Tennessee circle of poets known as the Fugitives and of an overlapping group, the Southern Agrarians.
This book is nothing if not well-researched.
On October 2, 1997, a teenager stabbed his mother to death with a kitchen knife and then went to school with a rifle under his trench coat, intent on wreaking havoc. The high school sophomore entered the large student commons area of his school near Jackson, Mississippi. The school buses had just arrived, and classes were about to begin for the day. He espied his former girlfriend in the crowded hallway and walked straight toward her. The two had only recently broken up and the ex-boyfriend was still distraught. Suddenly, the teen leveled his rifle at her and opened fire. The girl collapsed at his feet, killed almost instantly. He then began firing randomly up and down the hallway. Students ran screaming into classrooms and dove for cover. In just moments, the boy had killed another student and wounded six others.
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 161-167). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
It’s a story that has become much too familiar. My own introduction was nearly 50 years ago when I witnessed the shooting that was to become iconic. Governor Huckabee recounts additional mass shootings, leading up to the one that triggered him to write the book.
Mitchell Scott Johnson (born August 11, 1984) and Andrew Douglas Golden (born May 25, 1986) were middle school students on March 24, 1998, when they committed a massacre at Westside Middle School in unincorporated Craighead County, Arkansas, United States, near Jonesboro. The two boys shot and killed a total of five people: four students and a teacher. Ten other people, nine students and one teacher, were injured.
It’s all distressingly bad, but it turns out this is not what the book is about. Huckabee spends the rest of the book mainly explaining what is wrong with modern society and offering a host of quotes, many unrelated, to juice up his case. It will be interesting to exhibit Huckabee’s thoughts of interest and also the unrelated musings of others. I will go through from front to back, picking what catches my fancy. Here’s for starters:
Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as the abuses of power. —James Madison
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 198-199). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
No reference is provided.
In this actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at, or ignored their Christian duties, is a community on the rapid down-grade. —Theodore Roosevelt
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 488-491). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
No reference is given, but here is one. This next one is banefully insignificant, but I have to bring it up, because it’s from the (late) biggest hard blow ever to bring joy to my Sunday morning television. It’s from the (unfortunately) late D. James Kennedy:
On the contrary, as D. James Kennedy has so often asserted, “Morality is the only thing you can legislate.”
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 502-503). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Enough of that. Here is another:
Robert Goguet, in his authoritative history of the development of American judicial philosophy, argued that the founding fathers of our country recognized the importance of choosing some identifiable, objective standard upon which to build cultural consensus. The precedence they gave to Judeo-Christian morality was a matter of clearheaded practicality: “The more [the founding fathers] meditated on the biblical standards for civil morality, the more they perceived their wisdom and inspiration. Those standards alone have the inestimable advantage never to have undergone any of the revolutions common to all human laws, which have always demanded frequent amendments; sometimes changes; sometimes additions; sometimes the retrenching of superfluities. There has been nothing changed, nothing added, nothing retrenched from biblical morality for above three thousand years.
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 513-518). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
If you don’t know who Robert Goguet is, here is some help. From the end notes: “Robert Goguet, The Origin of Laws (New York: John Taylor, 1821), 302.” Regarding Robert Gouget’s The Origin of Laws, this one was hard to find. Search Google if you want. All I could find were references to the book, not the quote.
Huckabee is going to argue the origin of our present legal system (what people are not allowed to do) is seated in Judeo-Christian teachings. We will see more of that.
The founding fathers were heavily influenced by the writings of Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford, Connecticut, and learned Puritan theologian, who relied on more than popular opinion for the source of law and order in society: “Of law there can be no less acknowledged, than that her seat is in the bosom of God, her voice in the harmony of the world.”
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 520-522). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, similarly affirmed the necessity of a standard of virtue for the maintenance of civil stability and order: “No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian religion applied and accepted by all the classes. Should our Republic ere forget this fundamental precept of governance, men are certain to shed their responsibilities for licentiousness and this great experiment will then surely be doomed.”
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 523-527). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
And he gets down to his point:
Thus, a cavalier attitude toward or denial of any exclusive standard of goodness and morality is perhaps the most distressing trait of modern American culture. In the name of civil liberties, cultural diversity, and political correctness, a radical agenda of willy-nilly moral corruption and ethical degeneration has pressed forward.
Ironically, the brazen disregard for any objective standard of decency and a coinciding defense of perversity have actually threatened our liberties and diversity because they have threatened the foundations that made those things possible in the first place. Radical ideological secularism wants the privileges of America bestowed upon the citizenry as unearned, undeserved, and unwarranted entitlements. The catch is, apart from the grace of God, there simply cannot be any such entitlements in human societies. Great privileges bring with them great responsibilities. Our remarkable freedom was bought with a price—and that price was moral diligence, virtuous sacrifice, and ethical uprightness. The legal commitment of ideological secularism to any and all of the fanatically twisted fringes of American culture—pornographers, gay activists, abortionists, and other professional liberationists—is a pathetically self-defeating crusade that has confused liberty with license.
Gardiner Spring, the eloquent pastor-patriot of the early nineteenth century in New York, persuasively argued that the kind of free society America aspired to be was utterly and completely impossible apart from moral integrity: “Every considerate friend of civil liberty, in order to be consistent with himself, must be the friend of the Bible. No tyrant has ever effectually conquered and subjugated a people whose liberties and public virtue were founded upon the Word of God. After all, civil liberty is not freedom from restraint. Men may be wisely and benevolently checked, and yet be free. No man has a right to act as he thinks fit, irrespective of the wishes and interests of others. This would be exemption from all law, and from the wholesome influence of social institutions. Heaven itself would not be free, if this were freedom. No created being holds any such liberty as this, by a divine warrant. The spirit of subordination, so far from being inconsistent with liberty, is inseparable from it.”36
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 528-546). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Yes, Governor Huckabee is getting ready to tell us—if he has not already done so—that morality and finally our legal system came from the God of Abraham. Rather than just let this slide for later elaboration, I’m going to condense it here. The God of Abraham is a human invention. Yes, we do derive much of our so-called Western moral code (and our system of laws) from this heritage. To conclude that we cannot govern ourselves—we cannot invent our own moral standards—ignores the obvious fact that we already have done this. I may repeat this point a few more times before I am finished.
Before getting away from this section, please notice the grouping together of “pornographers, gay activists, abortionists, and other professional liberationists.” This gives some insight into Governor Huckabee’s mindset.
Another useful quote:
Without civility, there can be no society. —Samuel Adams
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 783-784). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
In laying out the decay of civility in modern time, Huckabee provides examples by the handful. One that caught my attention was “Road Rage.” Thats the heading of a chapter section. I’m thinking road rage is new. I’m thinking Huckabee thinks road rage is new. I’m thinking of some distant history:
This is from a Disney cartoon from 1950 featuring the character Goofey. The title is Motor Mania, and it indicates road rage predates even Mike Huckabee. Could it be that the former Governor of Arkansas, like so many other doom-speakers, has limited hind sight?
Political discourse has gone into the toilet. That is, if you think as Mike Huckabee does.
Who among us has not wondered at the “absurdly detrimental indications” in political and cultural discourse in America? It seems that we can’t really discuss issues anymore. Instead, we argue, insult, and incriminate. Politics is marred by mudslinging. Social commentary is sullied by scandalous gossip, tabloid sensationalism, and squalid controversy.
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Location 887). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Yes, that’s something new to politics.
Where’s my pa?
That’s presidential candidate Grover Cleveland featured prominently. The slogan that generally went with this is “Ma, ma, where’s my pa? Gone to the White House, ha, ha, ha.” We certainly have come a long way. Actually civil discourse died well before. Though I am not able to cite the source, my recollection from taking American History is a slogan from the campaign of William Henry Harrison: “Rumpse-dumpse, rumpse dumpse, General Harrison killed Tecumseh.” Class. Does anybody want me to dig deeper into the history of civility in American politics?
Huckabee demonstrates he lives in a different world from me. He decries that honor and sacrifice are moribund. Speaking of the liner Titanic disaster of 103 years ago:
If that “unsinkable” liner were to go down in the North Atlantic today, we could hardly expect the standard of “women and children first” to bring order to the crisis. The great sea disaster would undoubtedly cost even more lives were it to occur in our time—when notions of sacrifice, duty, and chivalry no longer dominate our cultural landscape.
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 956-959). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
It’s hard to miss that Huckabee tears down today’s society—glossing over the rough edges of yesteryear—because he wants to tell us how to regain our lost glory. It’s a plan the governor has been peddling since about the time this book came out. There is ample evidence of Huckabee’s intent throughout the book.
According to a recent nationwide poll, 80 percent of Americans believe that there is too much profanity in Hollywood productions. More than 60 percent believe there is too much gratuitous violence. About 55 percent believe that graphic sexuality and scatological subjects detract from the value of a film. And 40 percent believe that they have been “desensitized” to issues of moral concern by their viewing habits.20 Nevertheless, we continue
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 1208-1212). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
All right, that is significant. A poll shows 80 percent believe there is too much profanity in Hollywood movies. Passing over that I think there is too much, what does is matter what 80% think. Either there is too much or there is not enough. Or the amount is just right. Apparently there is about the right amount, because LaLa Land keeps pumping out this stuff, and people keep buying it. Next, I am sure, Governor Huckabee is going to launch into a discussion of free-market forces.
Once upon a time, Hollywood regulated itself according to a self-imposed standard of moral restraint designed to uphold social virtue and cultural cohesion. An industry committee, the Hays Association, checked every film for content expressing “blasphemy, filthy language, explicit eroticism or perversion, superfluous violence or brutality, ethnic slurs, or anti-American sentiment.”23 It made certain that any offensive material was edited out—otherwise, the film was unable to achieve general release to the public.
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 1226-1229). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
You can see where this is going. At one time the industry regulated itself. Really? The industry was willing to regulate itself, absent any government involvement? A review of the history will be helpful:
New York became the first state to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s decision by instituting a censorship board in 1921. Virginia followed suit the following year, with eight individual states having a board by the advent of sound film, But many of these were ineffectual. By the 1920s, the New York stage — a frequent source of subsequent screen material—had toplessshows, performances filled with curse words, mature subject matters, and sexually suggestive dialogue. Early in the sound system conversion process, it became apparent that what might be acceptable in New York would not be so in Kansas.
In 1927, Hays suggested to studio executives that they form a committee to discuss film censorship. Irving G. Thalberg of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Sol Wurtzel of Fox, and E. H. Allen of Paramountresponded by collaborating on a list they called the “Don’ts and Be Carefuls”, which was based on items that were challenged by local censor boards. This list consisted of eleven subjects best avoided and twenty-six to be handled very carefully. The list was approved by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Hays created the Studio Relations Committee (SRC) to oversee its implementation. However, there was still no way to enforce tenets. The controversy surrounding film standards came to a head in 1929.
We hope Governor Huckabee did not mean to leave us thinking the Motion Picture Production Code lurched itself into existence bereft of any governmental involvement. We also hope the governor performed his historical research and learned there never was a thing known as the Hays Association.
Huckabee wanders through the sad state of modern music and into “The Family Revolution.” He remarks on something that is most likely true, without providing any evidence to back it up. Look at it:
No matter how benevolent, no matter how philanthropic, and no matter how altruistic a government social service agency may be, it can never hope to match the personal intimacy of a family. There is no replacement for the close ties between family members.
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 1394-1396). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Governor Huckabee thinks he has scored big with “traditional family values,” but he fails to notice that any healthy family, including families involving same-sex couples will provide comparable personal intimacy, family ties and an environment for development.
The legions of well-intentioned but smug, educated elites have agreed in advance to reject thousands of years of inherited wisdom, values, habit, custom, and insight and replace this heritage with their official utopian vision of the perfect society. They are the progressives, and they can be found in every political party. Trained as scientific, or logical rationalists, these social utopians haughtily treat all social or moral traditions and conventions as arbitrary, rather than as venerable repositories of indispensable social, family, and religious values. They despise natural authority, especially of a local or family variety, and they want to replace it with a sufficiently homogenous state power to bring about their coercive social dreamland. So with a government wage or grant in one hand and a policy whip in the other, they set about forcibly aligning individuals and customs with their dangerously narrow vision, then clamor after ever greater funding and ever more progressive legislation for the education or socialization of the people.7
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 1455-1463). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
He says it as though “smug, educated elites” are a real threat to healthy families. He says it without mentioning a large portion of unhealthy families born of themselves without any help from the government. He cites “William Gairdner, The War Against the Family (Toronto: Stoddart, 1992), 6.”
Following his hurdling career, he applied himself to the field of academia. He gained his first M.A. in 1967 (studying Structural Linguistics at Stanford University) and then earned a second one at the institution in 1969 in English Literature and Creative Writing. A year later he graduated with a Ph.D. in English Literature from Stanford. He is a published author and, among his works, BPS Books have published The Trouble with Canada, The Trouble with Democracy and Oh, Oh, Canada!.
Others besides myself have noticed that William Gairdner, astute and linguistically well-equipped as he is, does not seem to have anything in his background that would give his voice weight on the matter of smug elites and healthy families. And that’s the gist of this section and much of the book. Smug elites, people who have made it their life’s work to study social issues, are displacing pastors and former governors in the roll of telling people how to run their lives.
Huckabee decries workplace equality. I think he’s telling is it hasn’t happened and is not likely to happen, all for perfectly natural reasons. There’s a nice discourse on “The Feminization of Poverty,” which he lays at the feet of attempts to put women on an equal footing with men in the economy. In a section titled, for no apparent readon, “The Ills of Health Reform,” he seems to notice the emergence of unwed mothers:
The experts were instrumental in ushering in a sexual revolution in our time. Sloganeering for “free love,” “sex without commitment,” “recreational sex,” “alternative lifestyle sex,” and “casual sex,” the utopian social engineers helped create a new sexual ecology that has fundamentally altered American society. As a result, sex outside of the sacred confines of marriage is now considered “normal.”29
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 1558-1561). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
I hope he does not think this is an invention of a modern, secular, America. A short history lesson would be helpful, were the governor ever to study the subject:
The many formerly independent kingdoms, duchies, and other small and large entities that made up the German Empire, led to variations and customs relating to marriage. In addition, in the 18th and 19th centuries marriage laws were passed to limit population growth in the lower classes. This led to more out-of-wedlock births and an increase in emigration. The prospective couple had to submit proof of property and employment income sufficient to guarantee that they would not need public assistance in the future. Hessen-Nassau and Bavaria had the most restrictive laws. A 1722 law in Wuerttemberg specified the minimum age for marriage as 25 years for men and 22 years of women. A 1822 Ducal decree in Hessen-Nassau had the minimum ages as 22 and 18 years.
My recollection, no references cited, is during the late 19th century in predominately Catholic Germany on the order of 50% of all children were born without the benefit of marriage. One such birth was notable:
In 1837, when she was 42 years old, and still single, her first and only child was born. She named the boy Alois. Maser notes that she refused to reveal who the child’s father was, so the priest baptized him Alois Schicklgruber and entered “illegitimate” in place of the father’s name on the baptismal register. Historians have discussed three candidates for the father of Alois:
- Johann Georg Hiedler, whose name was added to Alois’s birth certificate later in his life and who was officially accepted as the father of Alois (i.e. as the paternal grandfather of Adolf Hitler) by the Third Reich.
- Johann Nepomuk Hiedler, Georg’s brother and Alois’s step-uncle, who raised Alois through adolescence and later willed him a considerable portion of his life savings but who, if he was the real father of Alois, never found it expedient to admit it publicly.
- And a Jew named Leopold Frankenberger, as reported by ex-Nazi Hans Frank during the Nuremberg Trials. Historians dismiss the Frankenberger hypothesis (which had only Frank’s speculation to support it) as baseless.
Let us hope that unwed pregnancies do not run rampant in American society. There is no telling what will befall.
Politicization of public education comes up. This is particularly noted:
Outcome-Based Education is often an overt assault on Christian family values. For example, one teacher’s guidebook for New York’s controversial Outcome-Based Education restructuring plan states: “Teachers of first-graders have an opportunity to give children a healthy sense of identity at an early age. Classes should include references to lesbians and gays in all curricular areas and should avoid exclusionary practices by presuming a person’s sexual orientation, reinforcing stereotypes, or speaking of lesbians and gays as ‘they’ or ‘other.’ If teachers do not discuss lesbian and gay issues, they are not likely to come up. Children need actual experiences via creative play, books, visitors, etc. in order for them to view lesbians and gays as real people to be respected and appreciated. Educators have the potential to help increase the tolerance and acceptance of the lesbian and gay community.”55
Huckabee, Mike; Grant, George (1998-06-01). Kids Who Kill (Kindle Locations 1902-1908). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Did you get that. “… view lesbians and gays as real people to be respected and appreciated.” What is the world coming to? And what is the world that Governor Huckabee came from? He cites Empowerment, March 1993. See the following:
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities and Youth : Psychological Perspectives …
[E]dited by Anthony R. D’Augelli Professor of Human Development Pennsylvania State University, Charlottesville Charlotte J. Patterson Professor of Psychology University of Virginia
And all of this relates to kids who kill. Who would have thought?
Would I expect a reasoned and grounded discussion on the matter of kids who kill, coming from former Governor Mike Huckabee? Should I expect a reasoned and grounded discussion on the matter of kids who kill, coming from former Governor Mike Huckabee? It may be a worthy question. Let’s investigate.
Huckabee believes a magical person created the Earth and everything else. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-BFEhkIujA]. He makes thinks the Christian religion is about to be criminalized. He believes a lot of the stuff in the Bible is true. No, we should not expect much from that Mike Huckabee when it comes to the matter of kids who kill. And we are not disappointed.
Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.