According to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is a Republican presidential candidate, President Barack Obama is pretending to be a Christian and is not treating Pope Francis’ visit with respect (video below).
Throughout Obama's two terms as President, conservatives have often accused him of being a Muslim, despite the fact that Obama has declared that he is Christian many times, and there is no evidence to support the conservatives' rumors.
Huckabee’s comments on Sept. 22 regarding Obama's religion were made after he was asked his thoughts on fellow Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s statement that a Muslim should not be president of the United States.
"I'm less concerned about what faith the person has. I'm more concerned about the authenticity of their faith and how that plays out in their politics,” Huckabee said on NewsmaxTV’s “The Hard Line."
"I'm also concerned about a guy that believes he's a Christian and pretends to be and then says he is, but then does things that makes it very difficult for people to practice their Christian faith," he added.
The “guy” Huckabee is referring to in his response is Obama, CNN reports.
"I'm disappointed if a person says, 'I'm a Christian,' but you invite the pope into your home and then you invite a whole bunch of people who are at odds with the Catholic Church policy," Huckabee said. "I think there's something very unseemly about that."
According to The Wall Street Journal’s Francis X. Rocca, the Vatican is not happy with whom Obama has invited to meet Pope Francis, either. On the list of Obama's controversial guests are transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activisit nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican, Rocca reports..
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the Vatican’s reaction to the guest list, but Press Secretary Josh Earnest did say conclusions should not be drawn on specific guests “because there will be 15,000 other people there too.”
Before his interview, Huckabee tweeted that he was upset with how Obama treated Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States, even though Obama made a rare visit to Andrews Air Force Base to greet the Pope as he landed.
"I welcome @Pontifex to America & offer my apologies that @POTUS will not offer him the warm, respectful welcome he deserves #PopeInUS,” Huckabee tweeted.