Poor Mike Huckabee. He just can't understand why there is a backlash to a movie, made by Focus on the Family, about the importance of "natural" marriage which, of course, is about Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Last night, he discussed "Irreplaceable" and how some nasty people are trying to persuade theater owners to cancel the upcoming run of this nice, Christian movie made by nice Christians who say that "homosexual behavior violates God’s intentional design for gender and sexuality." And during this discussion, in a moment of truly amazing irony, Huckabee and Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, unintentionally, made the case that this movie is well deserving of criticism.
At the beginning of the piece, Huckabee described "Irreplaceable" as a "Christian message that focuses on the importance of traditional structure." He played video incarcerated people who lamented the lack of a father figure in their upbringing. He noted that the film has gotten "a lot of backlash." He didn't identify those who oppose the film; but it is being criticized by LBGT groups and others who have started a "Change.org" petition. He introduced his guest, Focus on the Family, Jim Daly
After Huckabee praised the film as "powerful" and said he "couldn't find anything controversial," he asked why it is being attacked. Daly then proceeded to underscore why the film is facing a backlash from the LGBT community: "If you talk about a natural family, marriage between a man and a woman, that's controversial in this culture today." He explained that the film "talks about the importance of marriage, one man, one woman."
Huckabee claimed that some critics have tried to get the film cancelled because it portrays right wing marriage - a phrase that Huckabee is unfamiliar with. Daly said that when he heard that theater chains were thinking of dropping the film, his substantial jaw dropped. He continued: "think of that a film that just talks about marriage and they said that it's that right wing style of marriage."
Daly said that the country is focuses on "the fringe, the 3% that does things differently" and asked "what about the 80, 90% of us that will do it normally." He asked "how do we find our strength in the culture" and cited a study which showed that couple who try to work things out, rather than getting divorced, are happier. He spoke of his own dysfunctional family history. Huckabee concluded with the comment that this movie shows that there is hope for our families who are "the bedrock of our civilization."
Huckabee can't understand why a film about "normal" marriage, done by a group whose founder, Dr. James Dobson said fighting LGBT rights is a "second civil war" and which features anti-gay commentators, could be offensive? Seriously