Mike Huckabee: Obama has no right to 'believe he's a Christian' after inviting gays to meet pope
Former Governor Mike Huckabee speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee this week asserted that President Barack Obama had no right to "pretend" he's a Christian after the White House invited LGBT and climate change activists to the White House to hear Pope Francis speak.

"I'm also concerned about a guy who believes he's a Christian and then pretends to be and says he is but then does things that makes it very difficult for people to practice their Christian faith," Huckabee told Newsmax on Tuesday. "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, I think there's something very unseemly about that."

"And it seems that the Vatican itself is very concerned about who the president has invited to meet the pope," Newsmax host Ed Berliner agreed.

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In a statement on Monday, Huckabee had slammed the president for what he said was a "classless decision to transform Pope Francis’ visit to the White House into a politicized cattle call for gay and pro-abortion activists."

“Why is it that Obama goes to extremes to accommodate Muslim terrorists but shows nothing but disdain for Christians?" he asked. "This is a new low for an administration that will go down as the most anti-Christian in American history.”

Watch the video below from Newsmax, broadcast Sept. 22, 2014.