WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2014 ( – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called on America Friday to repent or else face the same “fiery judgment” God wrought on Sodom and Gomorrah.

Huckabee told the Conservative Political Action Conference, “A society that sacrifices its own children is no better than the ancient Philistines.” He said that “every person has intrinsic value,” noting that “none of us are disposable.” 

In a talk focusing on God, family, and country, Huckabee said he wanted to talk about “things that I know.” The first was that “there is a God, and I know this nation would not exist had He not been the midwife of its birth.” 


“I know that this nation exists by the providence of His hand, and that if this nation forgets our God, then God will have every right to forget us,” he said, reminding listeners that Ruth Graham Bell said, “If God does not bring fiery judgment upon America, then he will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Huckabee said he hopes “that we repent before we ever have to receive His fiery judgment. But I know that He is, and I believe that a nation that can remember Him is a nation that will be remembered by Him.”

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After encouraging his audience to be strong in promoting and being proud of their faiths, Huckabee said he knows “mothers and fathers raise better children than governments ever will.” He criticized government regulations about schools, and the state of Massachusetts for keeping Justina Pelletier separate from her family for most of the last year. 

Religious liberty is guaranteed in the First Amendment, said Huckabee, and when there is a conflict between government power and religious liberty, “it's time for the government to scale back, not for people of faith to scale back. Religious liberty should be unimpeded in this nation.” 

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum also spoke Friday. He said Republicans need to change their language to be more inclusive, jettisoning terms that put entrepreneurs and business owners above their employees. He also talked about Pope Francis, saying the party needs to learn “a lesson from someone who is, maybe, the most popular person in the world right now, Pope Francis. … He's going out there … [talking about] what we're for. He'll go out there and talk about the good news to a hurting world. … What we need to do is talk about the good ideas we have.”