In the bizarro, alternate reality of the religious right, any American tragedy is caused by a wrathful god who is angry about American tolerance (such as it is) of gays. 9/11? Jerry Falwell blamed it on the gays! Katrina? John Hagee blamed it on the gays! And now that yet another mentally disturbed young American psychopath has used personal weapons of mass destruction to efficiently kill school children and their teachers, the religious right is blaming it on - no, not on American gun culture and the easy availability of weapons for those with mental health issues - but godless Americans and - wait for it - gays. As we know, Mike Huckabee is reluctant to discuss the role of guns and mental health in this tragedy, but he has been doing a lot of whining about godless Americans whom he also blamed for the Aurora shooting. And he has also "joined the looney gays caused Newtown" bandwagon. Are we suprised?
Huckabee's article, "My Fox Show Monologue," was another attempt to clarify his comment that the shooting was caused by God having been "removed from the schools." Because poor Huck got a lot of flack for that comment, he later explained that he wasn't talking about school prayer; but, rather, the alleged removal of Christianity from public life. In his article, Huckabee again whined about the "backlash" to his comment about "the horrific shooting in CT of school children and teachers couldn’t be blamed on God because we’ve systematically marginalized God out of our culture by removing Him from all aspects of the public square." He accused his critics of "total ignorance" of what he said and then blamed liberals, who "abhor censorship of their own profanities...," for the criticism. (He didn't mention that Peter Wehner, of the conservative "Commentary" magazine, found him "flippant and offensive."
He claimed that he drew no correlation between the event and taking prayer out of schools or "silencing Christmas Carols" and if he did that would be "simplistic." But then he went into "the cause and effect we see in the dramatic changes of what our children are capable of." Thus began the litany of what Huckabee sees as the real cause of the real massacre caused by real guns fired by somebody who might have had a real mental health disorder. Among other things that he links to the shooting he says, "We dismiss the notion of natural law and the notion that there are moral absolutes and seemed amazed when some kids make it their own morality to kill innocent children. We diminish and even hold in contempt the natural family of a father and mother creating and then responsibly raising the next generation and then express dismay that kids feel no real connection to their families or even the concept of a family."
After railing about how we're no longer teaching kids about his wrathful god, Huckabee claims that these godless, heathen parents also teach that "any outrageous behaviors are not sin, but disorders for which we should be excused and accommodated."
Only in the bizarro, alternate reality of Mike Huckabee are those who support non "natural" gay marriage mocking traditional families. Meanwhile, in the real world, those who support gay marriage simply want gays to have same rights, including the right to have a family, as do heterosexual couples. Adam Lanza and other school shooters came from traditional families. They didn't have gay parents who, according to recent data, "are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children." Only in the bizarro, alternate (and medieval) reality of Mike Huckabee is mental illness considered a "sin." Right, exorcisms on the mentally ill are the way to go. Who needs trained therapists and behavioral science?
In addition to being a passenger in the conservative, crazy clown car of the right who blame secular society for the Newtown shooting, Mike Huckabee has less than six degrees of separation from the Westboro Baptist Church who proudly proclaim that "God hates fags." Ya think!
I feel so sad that “Christianity” has received such a bad name from people like him, Westboro Baptist, Terry Jones, and many others who seem to be on the fringe. Christianity these days seems to be as divided as politics, from the extremely conservative to the intensely liberal.
The Christianity I grew up with and now practice (as best I can) is inclusive. I was taught that love, not judgment, is the way to believe and indeed also behave. This includes the gays (LGBTQ if you prefer), the “evangelical Christians” such as Huckabee, and everyone who is “different” from me. Judgment doesn’t belong to me or to anyone else on earth.
I can’t understand why that is so hard, but apparently it is.