Huckabee and the Professional Haters
Let's face it, people, the world is made up of amateurs and professionals. Wikipedia defines a professional as: "...a worker required to possess a large body of knowledge derived from extensive academic study (usually tertiary), with the training almost always formalized."
That sometimes includes extensive studies in a specialized field...such as hatred.
But where does someone study hatred? It can be studied in various places, e.g. in the local library, in school, from peers, and today, even from home-schooling. But truly professional haters can also come from the hallowed halls of seemingly unlikely places: theological seminaries.
Rousas John Rushdoony graduated from the Pacific School of Religion in 1944. He studied Calvinism extensively and became a member of the John Birch Society, claiming that the JBS had a lot in common with early Christianity. He founded The Chalcedon Foundation in 1965. This group actively espouses Christian Recontructionism. I know I'm getting a little oblique here, but please be patient. Reconstructionism is so far to the right that it's off the screen: strict Reconstructionists believe that all civil laws should be based on strict Biblical laws. That means that they would advocate stoning for: homosexuality, adultery, incest, lying about one's virginity, bestiality, witchcraft, idolatry, apostasy, blasphemy, "false prophesying," kidnapping, rape and perjury. And since the Bible condones slavery, well, guess who would be put back in Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Many Southern Baptist ministers try to distance themslves from The Chalcedon Foundation and Reconstructionism.
Ministers like Mike Huckabee. Men of God. Practitioners of the Bible. Charmers all.
Read this piece by Wayne Besen (Anything But Straight) and you'll see why Huckabee advocated quarantining of AIDS patients and about his possible link to the Chalcedon Foundation. Mike's Lost Decade.
It's relatively easy to find the result of Reconstructionism's theology: simply go to http://www.conservapedia.com/ and read this "trustworthy" encylopedia's article on homosexuality.
It's opinion of hate-crime laws:
Such laws will open up a new wave* of militant homosexual violence, just as "He insulted my wife" can be used as defense against an assault charge.[Citation Needed]
Is that violence by homosexuals or against homosexuals, I wonder.
*NEW wave? When was the last wave? I must have been asleep.