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03/05/2009

Contest: Hu-s going to Radio City

by Jeremy Hooper

Want to go to this, the largest group interview of Hu-surnamed individuals in American history?

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Well we can get ya there, kiddies. We have a couple of pairs of tickets that could have your name on them -- if you play your Cooper-seeking cards right.

Here's what you need to do: In the comments section on this post, submit the one question you'd like to see Anderson ask onetime and likely future GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The man has lashed out against gay lives in thoroughly offensive ways. He has likened homosexuality to things like alcoholism and bestiality. He's hosted anti-gay lawyers on his show for the purpose of passing off falt-out fallacies about LGBT rights and the supposed way that these rights and protections pose a threat to evangelicals' free speech. He's shared an annoying "I'm not pro-sodomy" exchange with Ann Coulter. So now's your chance to hold his feet to the fire and form the perfect question that will force the former Arkansas governor to answer for the nasty rhetoric that he's put out about queer lives and loves.

In about a week, we'll pick the top two, and get the tickets your way. We will also try our damnedest to get your questions to Mr. Cooper, in hopes that he will actually use one or both.

So have at it, hucksters. Huck some good questions our way, and you could find your butt in a Radio City seat on 3/31. What you do with your butt after the show is your business -- regardless of how much Gov. Huckabee might wish to limit it.

**NOTE: The theme of the night is "free speech and the power of the press." So you might want to use that as a guide for your questions.

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Your thoughts

I would ask the Hucktard how many gay bashings/murders will it take for him to recognize that it is very much the same as the fire hoses and the attack dogs being set upon civil rights demonstrators in the 1960's?

Not that I would expect a coherent answer or anything like that.

Posted by: John Ozed | Mar 5, 2009 11:22:27 AM

I would ask him if the people of his state voted to overturn his right to practice his religion would it a) be acceptable in general; and b) would it be "hate" to call the people out who financed it?

Posted by: Daniel | Mar 5, 2009 2:18:48 PM

Mr. Huckabee: As a Baptist minister and politician, please articulate to me why the United States government, a secular institution, should make its business validating a particular, fundamental interpretation of the definition of marriage.

Ok, it's less a question and more a demand.

Posted by: Eric | Mar 5, 2009 5:06:54 PM

I would ask him to describe bipartisanship. And then ask him to point to any single example in his use of freedom of speech, or his use the power of the press where he promoted any centrist opinions or any bipartisan coalition building efforts.

But, that's probably just the asshole-ish, partisan side of me rearing it's ugly head.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Mar 5, 2009 6:45:02 PM

Mr. Huckabee:

You have said in the past that you are not a homophobe. However, one of the arguments you have used against gay rights is the (incorrect) argument that churches could get sued and forced to marry same-sex couples if gay marriage is legalized. How can you use false arguments such as this that promote paranoia and fear of gay people and then say that you are not a homophobe?

Also, you have said you are against hate crimes legislation because it "prosecutes thought". Does this mean that you think that murder and manslaughter should carry the same penalty because the only difference between the two is thought? How about rape and consensual sex? After all, consent is nothing but thought, so punishing people for rape would be punishment based on thought.

Posted by: John | Mar 5, 2009 9:13:34 PM

Mr Huckabee, should the United States legally recognize marriages between people of the same sex as equally as marriages between those of the opposite sex, you've said that you believe churches could get sued or priests/pastors be thrown in jail. Considering that churches don't have to recognize marriages between different religions until one of the parties involved converts to the accepted religion and the First Amendment guarantees "freedom of religion" meaning Churches have the right to recognize or not anything they want, can you give us an example of when and where a church could be sued in THIS country?

Posted by: Daimeon | Mar 5, 2009 10:13:56 PM

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