There Mike Huckabee goes again. Now he’s off on the Syrian refugees, trekking miles in unspeakable circumstances seeking shelter.

Steve Benen picks up this amazing Huckabee quote:

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“Are they really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they really just coming because we’ve got cable TV?” Huckabee asked, in an audience question-and-answer session at the conservative Eagle Forum conference in St. Louis. “I don’t mean to be trite.”

It’s beyond satire or parody to read such from the lips of a man claiming to be standing up for religious freedom in defending Kim Davis’ right to discriminate against gay people (such discrimination is now law in Arkansas, I might add.)

Do none of these people have the same Bible handed out to me at First Methodist so many years ago?  Does their Bible omit Matthew?

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For I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in.

Jesus wouldn’t truck with no Muslims or queers, I guess. Huckabee certainly won’t. I leave the close of this sorry episode to Benen:

Mike Huckabee thinks those fleeing the violence – in many cases, families literally running for their lives – may just want cable television. I think Mike Huckabee’s callous indifference to human suffering is evidence of a candidate who has no idea what he’s talking about, and who’s record of ugly, heartless rhetoric has often bordered on despicable.

This is “American exceptionalism” at work, of the sort that Sen. Jason Rapert and Tim Griffin and Co. bray about so often. We are so exceptional we fear almost everything. We are so exceptional we can’t spend a dime to succor the wretched refuse of teeming foreign shores.

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Mr. Huckabee, tear down that Statute of Liberty. Her lamp has gone dark.