“If the purpose of a church is to push forth the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then you have a Muslim group that says that Jesus Christ and all the people that follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated, I guess I have a hard time understanding that,” said Huckabee, who has his own show on Fox News. 

“Is there a reason to say that the people who donated, who gave, who sacrificed to give that facility really ever intended it to be a place where something that is the antithesis of the gospel of Christ would be presented?” he added. 

On Monday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations called Huckabee’s comments divisive and proposed that he meet with Muslim leaders to discuss commonly misheld views about the religion. 

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"On this Presidents' Day, we ask Mike Huckabee -- a person who may again seek the highest office in the land -- to live up to the principles of tolerance and interfaith respect that make our nation great," Nihad Awad, the national executive director of CAIR, said in a statement. "We urge Mr. Huckabee to do some research and to apologize for his inaccurate and offensive remarks."

The statement also pointed out that Jesus is discussed as a prophet in the Koran, along with Abraham, Moses and other figures. 

During his “Fox and Friends” interview, Huckabee also wondered whether, if a church is nothing more than a meeting place, it could be “rented out to show adult movies on the weekend.”

But Huckabee also demurred when asked whether he was comparing Islam to pornography, saying: “No. I’m sure that some bloggers will say that.”

“And I’ll read 300 blog accounts that will say that by noon today,” he added.