Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jesus died, and so should you

PZ linked to a top-10 list of reasons not to vote for Huckabee. Several of them I've already covered, but there are a few ones new to me--trying to cover up his son's gruesome murder of a stray dog; lying about having a theology degree; and expressing his belief that "all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy". That last one may not be so bad, since he says "The holy Bible . . . has truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter", so that statement could be taken to mean that the Bible is totally true as regarding spiritual matters, not scientific. But given Huckabee's other uses of religion to dismiss science, I wouldn't be so sure.

But the most interesting is probably this statement on the death penalty (from CalGeorge in comments at Pharyngula):
Shortly before a triple execution in Arkansas in Jan. 1997, a caller called into Huckabee's show on Arkansas Educational Television Network and asking how he squared his Christian teachings with his support for the death penalty. As the Arkansas Times reported on Jan. 22, 1997:
"Interestingly enough," Huckabee allowed, "if there was ever an occasion for someone to have argued against the death penalty, I think Jesus could have done so on the cross and said, 'This is an unjust punishment and I deserve clemency'."

Jesus, though, did not ask for clemency. Therefore, according to Huckabee's logic, Jesus must have been in favor of capital punishment.

Nope, Jesus never said that. However he did supposedly say "all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." So how about this, Huckabee: you can kill me if you let me kill you. Eh? How about it?

But no, this is brilliant reasoning. A supposedly-omnipotent, omniscient, immortal being willingly gave up its life, therefore we should all be so willing. Besides, everyone knows that the death penalty is only temporary--a mere three days! Basically a slap on the wrist compared to years in jail.

And by this logic, shouldn't Huckabee be promoting crucifixion as a means of capital punishment now? "Crucifixion was good enough for Jesus--are you trying to tell me you're better than Jesus?"

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