Governor Huckabee, religious freedom is increasingly under attack in America. How would you plan to respond to this as president?
It concerns me that many people think that the First Amendment means that churches are to remain silent and that Christian people are to remain silent. It means quite the opposite. It means the government is to remain silent and not dictate to people what their faith could or should be. When I heard people say that separation of church and state means that the church should essentially sit back, and shut up, I’m thinking that’s nonsense. No, it’s the government that shouldn’t interfere with the church. The First Amendment basically has two premises: first, you don’t prohibit religion; and number two, you don’t prefer one over the other. Everything else is left up to the individual. I think we need a president who clearly articulates what the First Amendment is, what it isn’t, and would do everything in his power to make sure that a person’s basic religious liberties protected at all costs because if we lose those, we’ve lost all our liberties.
We appreciate you being with us today, I’m Mike Farris.