WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson's suspension by the A&E network shows that "militant activist groups" want to silence the kind of biblical views that Barack Obama expressed when he was running for president in 2008.
On Fox News Sunday, Huckabee said that when Obama spoke in 2008 at Saddleback Church, he "made it very clear that he opposed same-sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views."
In that 2008 appearance, Obama told Pastor Rick Warren, "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman," and added, "For me as a Christian, it's also a sacred union. You know, God's in the mix."
Huckabee has launched an online petition - istandwithphil.com - calling on A&E to reinstate Robertson to the hit reality series.
He said Christians don't consider homosexual acts worse than other sins, and believe that all people are sinners in need of God's forgiveness.
Huckabee sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and has said that he may run again in 2016.