(Muslim Press) - U. S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has criticized Barack Obama’ decision to choose an openly homosexual person for United States army.“It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s heroes, ” the former Arkansas governor said on Saturday. “Veterans suicide is out - of - control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he’s nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army, ” the Republican presidential candidate added.[Donald Trump: Move the Palestinians to Puerto Rico] “Homosexuality is not a job qualification. The US military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments,” he said. Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning to be the next US Army secretary and if he gets approved by the Senate, he will be the first openly gay person to take that position. However, Obama has defended his qualification by stating: “Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role.”