Mike Huckabee says that prison reform should be centered around slavery

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee stopped by the conservative talk radio program Mickelson in the Morning when the host, Jan Mickelson started to complained that the “criminal justice system has been taken over by progressives.”

According to Think Progress, Mickelson put forth a plan to the former governor, suggesting that biblical slavery could be the answer.

In order to fight back, he argued, conservatives should look to the biblical Book of Exodus. “It says, if a person steals, they have to pay it back two-fold, four-fold,” Mickelson explained. “If they don’t have anything, we’re supposed to take them down and sell them.”
Mickelson went on to argue why jails, which he claimed are a “pagan invention,” are inferior to slavery: “We indenture them and they have to spend their time not sitting on their stump in a jail cell, they’re supposed to be working off the debt.”
“Wouldn’t that be a better choice?” the host asked.

And when Mike Huckabee, a man campaigning to run the United States and uphold the Constitution was asked if selling poor criminals into slavery was a better choice, he said:

“Well, it really would be… Sometimes the best way to deal with a nonviolent criminal behavior is what you just suggested.”

That’s right, Huckabee said yes.

Think Progress noted that this may very well be the first time “ in modern history that a credible presidential candidate has joined the fringe call to reinstate slavery.”

This is Christian extremism at its worst. Actually suggesting that slavery be reinstated because it falls in line with biblical law is a glowing example of the poison that is religious belief and just why it is so important the US remain secular and free from the hands of such draconian thinking.

[Image: Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons]

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