Huckabee Calls Out Obama for Bible Quote: 'He Uses It When It Suits Him'
Mike Huckabee took on President Obama today for quoting the Bible in his argument for why he has taken executive action on immigration reform.
During his primetime address to the nation Thursday, Obama said, "Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger – we were strangers once, too. My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too."
In a Facebook post this morning, Huckabee took on the president for using the Bible to justify the executive actions.
On "Outnumbered" today, the former Arkansas governor argued that the president seems to have forgotten the part of that passage about bearing false witness and respecting the law.
"This is a president that uses the Bible when it suits him." said Huckabee.
Kirsten Powers pushed back that a lot of politicians "unfortunately" use the Bible to make political arguments.
She argued that the Bible also talks about "unjust laws" that are trumped by Christianity, and this is one of those cases.
Powers said her view is backed up by the Catholic Church.
"The Catholic Church takes in illegal aliens. You've seen the confrontations and they have said, 'I'm gonna let them stay in my church basement in violation of the law because I believe that the Scripture is above that," she said.
Huckabee responded that this is about a president who is "utterly inept when it comes to the art of governing."
"He'd rather go make a speech. He'd rather go poke his fingers in the eyes like Moe going after Curly. He is not willing to sit down and build relationships and govern and that's what he was elected to do," he argued.
Katie Pavlich believes that bringing up the Bible is a strategy to distract from whether the president's unilateral actions are legal.
"This is playing on people's emotions. ... He wants us to be debating about whether evil Republicans are going to treat people as strangers and as if they're not equal to their fellow man," said Pavlich.
Watch the spirited debate above.