Mike Huckabee is not happy about the “vile and vicious reaction” to his comments about Godlessness in schools in the wake of the awful shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Huckabee said he was wrongly interpreted to mean that prayer in school would have prevented the shooting. So to correct the record, Huckabee argued that more Christianity for everybody is really the answer.
As Priscilla previously posted, Huckabee discussed the tragedy with Neil Cavuto on Friday (12/14/12). Huckabee spoke out against gun control by saying, “This is a heart issue… Laws don’t change this kind of thing.” Then he made it clear that God is the answer:
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.
Last night, on his own show, Huckabee explained further:
On Friday, Neil Cavuto asked me, “Where was God?” And I said that for 50 years, we’ve systematically attempted to have God removed from our schools, our public activities. But then at the moment we have a calamity, we wonder where He was.
Well, the predictable left lit up the airwaves and blogosphere with a vile and vicious reaction and jumped to the conclusion that I said that if we had prayer in school, the shooting wouldn’t have happened. Well, I said nothing of the sort.
It’s far more than just taking prayer or Bible reading out of the schools. It’s the fact that people sue a city so we aren’t confronted with a manger scene or a Christmas carol. That lawsuits are filed to remove a cross that’s a memorial to fallen soldiers. Churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortions pills. We carefully and intentionally stop saying things are sinful. We call them ‘disorders.’ Sometimes, we even say they’re normal. And to get to where that we have to abandon bedrock moral truths, then we’ll ask well, where was God.
And I respond that, as I see it, we’ve escorted him right out of our culture and we’ve marched him off the public square and then we express our surprise that a culture without him actually reflects what it’s become. As soon as the tragedy unfolded, I think God did show up. He showed up in the lives of teachers who put their lives between a gunman and their students. He showed up in policemen who rushed into the school not knowing if they would be met with a barrage of bullets. He showed up in the form of hugs and tears for children, parents and teachers who would live through the slaughter. He showed up at the overflowed church services where people lit candles and prayed. And he showed up at the White House where the president invoked His name and quoted from His book. And in a few days or weeks, we’ll probably ask God to excuse himself from view and we will announce, in our arrogant pride, that we’re now enlightened and educated and we’ve evolved beyond needing him. And somebody’s going to suggest that we pass a law to stop all this kind of thing.
I might want to point out that we don’t have to pass a new law. There’s one that’s been around a while that works if we teach it and observe it: Thou shalt not kill. Oh, there are about nine others. But to tell you about ‘em would require bringing God back and we know how unacceptable that might be.
I don’t know… It seems to me that at a time like this, an ordained Baptist minister like Huckabee might be thinking more about reaching out and doing his best to comfort the afflicted. After all, some of those directly affected by this massacre might well be the kinds of people who don’t believe in having religion or religious symbols in a public square and support President Obama’s mandate that contraception be covered by health insurance. Instead, Huckabee is doubling down on his evangelizing – and sounding downright resentful while he's at it.
I have studied history, ancient and biblical predominantly, but early American History up through the American Civil War has been a recent passion of exploration. It makes no sense to remove guns from everyone if the police and government have them. Checks and balances…2nd Amendment and Bill of RIghts.
Disarming citizens is the step towards subjugation by Tyranny which has been the case in a majority of instances in history. Then there is the other side of that coin…where the people will hurt each other without guns. There were no guns in Rwanda when the fighting between the Hutus and Tootsies massacred, to the tune of 1.2+ million people with machete’s alone! Violence happens, anywhere and everywhere irrespective of the standard of living of the country. There is no country that has totally removed guns from its populace that still doesn’t experience gun or weapon violence. In Great Britain, for a time, gun violence dropped…until the bad guys got the black market for them up and running. Used to be the Bobbies weren’t armed…now they are! Because…dun dun dun…the bad guys had them…and they didn’t and when ya bring a baton to a gun fight…ya die! It doesn’t work. Switzerland, the notoriously famous Army and in the last century and a half, for being neutral in world affairs…EVERYONE is armed…and no, despite recent reports to the contrary, they are not looking to do away with it. They have one of the lowest gun violence records of any western nation. Same thing in Israel! They are armed as members of the military…and when they go anywhere in large groups, inclusive of when children go on field trips, the teachers are armed and there is security. Because bad guys enjoy taking life. It is not wrong or sinful to defend yourself. And the Jewish people are fantastic at being successful…and peaceful….and not being run over.
Typically those who wish to control, to force, to be in power have the very weapons they don’t want others to have…this includes not only weapons but education and knowledge. Hence your inability and unwillingness to have an actual discourse but instead to lash out in a disrespectful, discourteous, and ill-mannered way.
There are no sin’s of omission being committed, unless perhaps you have evidence to the contrary….No…well then. I will not be left defenseless with a Government and President who are increasingly working against the oath they took to defend the Constitution. I took that same oath and continue to hold to it. I will not have my rights infringed upon for the power play of my Nation. It is MINE…and since I volunteered to defend it before, I have no qualms about volunteering to defend it here on home soil, against enemies foreign and domestic. It is inclusive of preventing people from preventing me from defending myself. I will fight and resist all attempts to remove or infringe upon my ability to own and carry a firearm. Be it from our weak and ineffectual Congress, the President abusing illegally the Presidential Order and especially from the UN. No international entity has a right to dictate how we American’s run our Nation.