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Mike Huckabee “Clarifies” His Comment About Changing The Constitution To Reflect God’s Standards

Reported by Ellen - January 16, 2008 -

As Think Progress reported yesterday, Mike Huckabee recommended – to a cheering audience – that the Constitution be “changed” to fit “God’s standards.” On last night’s (1/15/08) Hannity & Colmes, Huckabee insisted he wasn’t trying to bring about a theocratic state. Then he joked to Alan Colmes that HE should live by Christian tenets. With video.

Huckabee’s original statement, made during a campaign speech, was this:

I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.

According to Willie Geist, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Huckabee also asked us to “pray and work hard, in that order.” (Raw Story has the video)

On last night’s Hannity & Colmes, Colmes cited Huckabee’s quote about changing the Constitution and said, “That makes people a little worried. It sounds like you’re looking to have a theocratic state when you make statements like that, talking about changing the Constitution in keeping with your view of God.”

Huckabee responded, “Not at all. On two things. The context is two things: Human life amendment, which I support and which has been in the Republican platform since 1980. And, by the way, Fred Thompson doesn’t support it. Nor does John McCain. And yet it’s part of our platform. And it’s a very important part of our platform to say that human life is something we’re going to stand for. And the second thing is traditional marriage. So those are the two areas in which I’m talking about. I’m not suggesting that we rewrite the Constitution to reflect tithing or Sunday school attendance. I want to make that very clear… Except for you, Alan. I think maybe you should, maybe you should obey those things.”

Colmes said drily, “Well, thank you for the suggestion.”