As we speak, this country is reeling from the second worst school shooting in our sordid history of gun violence. Innocent adults and children were murdered by somebody whose motives might never be clear. It is a tragedy of monumental proportion. But in the midst of the initial shock, some members of the Christian right, the group for whom Fox News provides a loud mouthpiece, are claiming that this hideous incident occurred because religion has been taken out of the public schools. Bryan Fischer of the SPLC hate group, the American Family Association, said that God doesn't want to protect places where he's not welcome. And as if that isn't bad enough, Fox's very own Mike Huckabee echoed Fischer with the comment made to Neil Cavuto that this happened because "we've systematically removed God from our schools." Is there any question as to why the GOP and its media arm have no credibility!
HUCKABEE: Ultimately, you can take away every gun in America and somebody will use a bomb. When somebody has an intent to do incredible damage, they’re going to find a way to do it… People will want to pass new laws, but unless you change people’s hearts, they’re our transition to the pastor side. This is a heart issue, it’s not something, laws don’t change this kind of thing.
CAVUTO: You know, inevitably people ask after tragedies like this, how could God let this happen?
HUCKABEE: Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there is violence in our schools but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability - that we’re not just going to have be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before, you know, a holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that. And so I sometimes, when people say, why did God let it happen. You know, God wasn’t armed. He didn’t go to the school. But God will be there in the form of a lot people with hugs and with therapy and awhole lot of ways in which he will be involved in the aftermath. Maybe we ought to let him in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up it’s all said and done at the back end.
So it's all about the evil public schools rejecting God. Doesn't Huckabee know that the Supreme Court of the US ruled that school prayer is a violation of the First Amendment? Oh, right, Mike Huckabee would like a re-write of the Constitution so that it's in "God's standards." How does Huckabee square the fact that the worst excesses of Jim Crow happened in states where those perpetrating the violence had their primers in one hand and a bible in the other? Those who massacred native Americans probably said prayers in school. And despite Mike's contention that there is no God in school, kids say a pledge, every day, to a country that's supposedly "under God."
There are so many things to say; but most of them would be laden with obscenities so I'll stop here...
Our thoughts are with the students, families, and first responders who are dealing with this tragedy.
As opposed, say, the shooter?
Must be more of that “personal responsibility” rightwingnuts are always talking about.
Oh well — at least Huck isn’t advocating more guns be carried in the school as a preventative measure; I’m sure responsible right would never advocate such a thing . . . right?