Washington (CNN)Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told young Americans to wait until President Barack Obama is out of office to join the military because his administration has "an open hostility toward the Christian faith."
Huckabee: Wait until Obama is out of office before joining the military
Huckabee, speaking with Iowa talk-radio host Jan Mickelson, made the comments last week in response to a Washington Times story that alleges Christians are leaving the military because of a "hostile" work environment. He agreed with the assessment, calling it "one of the great tragedies of our time."
"This administration has had an open hostility toward the Christian faith," he said, telling Mickelson that the administration has ordered "its chaplains to put its Bibles away, not to pray in Jesus' name, not to counsel people on the issues of sexual morality."
"When you have this attitude that is more about promoting gay marriage and gay rights in the military than it is about being able to protect religious liberty for those people of faith, it's going to be hard to find people that are truly devoted people of faith and Christian believers and Orthodox Jews and others," he said.
Huckabee continued: "Why would they want to be in a military that would be openly hostile and not just simply bring some scorn to their faith, but would punish them for it?"
The potential Republican presidential contender has been a prominent critic of the Obama administration, and the president in particular, on religious and moral grounds. He's previously criticized the President for allowing his daughters to listen to music he's called "toxic mental poison."
Huckabee said during his radio interview that he'd tell parents of young adults wanting to join the military to hold off until the end of Obama's term.
"I'd wait a couple of years until we get a new commander-in-chief that will once again believe 'one nation under God' and believe that people of faith should be a vital part of the process of not only governing this country, but defending this country," he said.