December 19, 2007, we posted, "Loose Use of "Equating": Mike Huckabee, Environmentalists, Pornographers, Homosexuals, Pedophiles, and Necrophiliacs." That post was in reaction to an article by David Corn of Mother Jones: "Mike Huckabee: Playing Both Sides of the Pulpit."
In that article, Corn negatively criticizes Mike Huckabee for what Corn claims is equating environmentalists with pornographers and homosexuals with necrophiliacs. We wanted to add to our observations that Corn is stretching the definition of equating in order to score political points against Huckabee (whom we do not endorse).
How does David Corn deal with Jesus? Jesus said, For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. Matthew 15:19. Does Corn say that Jesus was equating murder and theft? Jesus was saying that each of the above is wrong to do. He did not assign equal weight to them. As Jesus made clear when he said to Pontius Pilate, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin (John 19:11), there are greater sins than others. Sin is situational. It is relative. It is all sin, but the weight of sin varies depending upon the circumstances. Surely David Corn will admit that and give Mike Huckabee the benefit of the doubt.
Corn appeared on Democracy Now yesterday where he reiterated his claim about "equating." This is not to say that every observation Corn made about Huckabee was without merit. For one, he pointed out that as governor of Arkansas, Huckabee was for extending public education to the children of illegal immigrants under the banner of not punishing the children for the sins of their parents, which is right. However, as Corn points out, Mike Huckabee has shown a willingness to bend to the will of the more hardhearted electorate. Huckabee has apparently come out in favor of expelling all illegal immigrants within 120 days. That of course would place a great deal of unchristian hardship upon the children of illegal immigrants in the U.S.