Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on “Meet the Press” this morning (Barack Obama was on as well), and Tim Russert threw a string of “faith” questions at him. You can read the transcript here, or you can listen to the entire interview below. The faith questions occur near the end (at 20:57-29:16).[audio:http://msnbcpod.rd.llnwd.net/e1/audio/podcast/pd_mtp-12-30-2007-094559.mp3]
This is a fascinating interview in which Huckabee comments on abortion, homosexuality, the first amendment, separation of church and state, and more.
I will comment on one item that I thought was very interesting. Russert asked Huckabee, “Do you believe you’re born gay or you choose to be gay?”
Huckabee responded as follows:
“I don’t know whether people are born that way. People who are gay say that they’re born that way. But one thing I know, that the behavior one practices is a choice. We may have certain tendencies, but how we behave and how we carry out our behavior [is a choice].”
I think what Huckabee is saying here is that the moral status of homosexual acts does not depend upon the biological predisposition of different people. Even if people are “born gay” as it were, homosexuality is still a sin biblically speaking.
Dr. Albert Mohler made a similar argument in a little essay that he wrote earlier this year, “Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?” Mohler wrote that the direction of some research shows that there may be a biological basis for homosexuality. He then writes this:
“The biblical condemnation of all homosexual behaviors would not be compromised or mitigated in the least by such a discovery. The discovery of a biological factor would not change the Bible’s moral verdict on homosexual behavior.”
I think Mohler is essentially right on this point, and I think Huckabee may be thinking along the same lines. In any case, I don’t think what Huckabee says in this interview should cause any consternation to voters who believe what the Bible teaches about homosexuality.