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Why Mike Huckabee's 'shocking' transgender remarks resonate with many Americans

The Christian Science Monitor

Mike Huckabee's comments about transgender issues have been portrayed as out of touch and out of date. But there's a sizable, mostly silent, contingent uncomfortable with the issue. It is these Americans that Huckabee is speaking to.

By Husna Haq, Correspondent June 3, 2015

Former Arkansas governor and 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has courted controversy so many times – as when he compared abortion to the Holocaust, said AIDS patients should be quarantined, and called gay people "icky," – he's made it clear outrageousness isn't a gaffe, it's his trademark.

Now, with transgender issues in the spotlight, he's at it again.

“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE [physical education],” Mr. Huckabee said at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tenn., in February. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said: ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous, doesn’t it?”

The 2016 GOP candidate was discussing religious liberty at the Nashville convention earlier this year. Though the event occurred months ago, the video became public after it was uploaded to WorldNetDaily this past weekend and picked up by BuzzFeed.

Huckabee continued, “For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize the fact that we are now, in city after city, watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom, cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man."

Thanks in part to former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner’s transition to a female identity, publicized on the latest cover of Vanity Fair magazine, transgender rights are having their moment in the sun.

But Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, has never shied away from attacking controversial topics. In his 2008 presidential run, he attracted the support of religious conservatives for his stance on gay rights. (When asked on his views, he famously said that asking Christians to accept same-sex marriage is "like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.")

And he doesn't appear to be backing off this time around.


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