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Mike Huckabee Blames CT Shooting On Lack Of Religion In Schools: VIDEO


Mike Huckabee, the former Republican Arkansas governor who lost his 2008 presidential bid so he became a Fox News pundit instead, played a little game of right-wing "blame the victim" yesterday when he flat out said that a lack of religion in schools led to the horrific shooting deaths of 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

"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?" he said on, yes, Fox News.

He went on, "[W]e'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."

Huckabee's argument is a not-so-distant cousin from that of anti-gay, evangelical radio host Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. He suggested said yesterday that the kids killed didn't have sufficient belief in God: "God is not going to go where he is not wanted."

This is a particularly insidious brand of "blame of the victim" messaging, one that's also particularly confusing: conservatives are known to blame disasters like Hurricane Sandy on the gays, as if our hedonistic, heathen ways unleash doom and destruction, known in right-wing Christian circles as God's Wrath, onto the population at large, even God-fearing citizens. Our mere presence threatens civilization because it's an affront, and those who accept us are asking for it by turning their back on God.

And here we have roughly the same argument being used to explain the deaths of nearly two dozen innocent children who could have no deep understanding of religion, faith or a creator.

You're damned if you do believe, you're damned if you don't, and you're even damned if you're too young to know what "religion" even means - according to Huckabee and his ilk, at least.

Watch video of Huckabee's comment AFTER THE JUMP.

(Video via TPM)

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  1. money grubbing, fame wanting idiots co-opting religion for their own time in the spotlight. This will only stop when good Christians say enough is enough and shut this behavior down. It would not strike me as odd to know that Huckabee doesn't even believe what he's saying but, like Anne Coulter, knows that extreme statements like this keep food on his table.

    Posted by: bob | Dec 15, 2012 9:15:17 AM

  2. Well here in the UK we have a whole lot LESS religion and strangely no school shootings for a long time. The one we did have was because the guy was nuts.

    Posted by: Really | Dec 15, 2012 9:23:52 AM

  3. If we are to have any Gods in schools, it should be the Hindu, because at least they're heavily armed.

    Posted by: yuninv | Dec 15, 2012 9:25:11 AM

  4. If one were to believe Huckabee and Fischer, the Christian God is a God of hate, intolerance and vengeance and Christianity is an abomination upon the populace. In the meantime, "public" schools - yes, those schools paid for by taxpayer dollars - are evil and anti-God bastions of non-Believers because they choose to separate adherence to one or more religions from the classroom.

    Question #1: just what century do Huckabee and Fischer think we're in where Christian prayer is prevalent throughout the public school day and the Bible (and "creationism") is taught by public school teachers?

    Question #2: when is America going to rise up and speak/act out against these heinous pronouncements from the extreme religious right in this country??

    It would be wise for these zealots to remember this admonition from Jesus: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's". One's religion does NOT belong in the public classroom but in one's church, home and church-operated private school.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 15, 2012 9:26:53 AM

  5. What kind of "god" mow's down a bunch of kids and adults because we don't pray enough? Seriously!

    Posted by: Ted | Dec 15, 2012 9:27:16 AM

  6. So, let me make sure I'm understanding this correctly: There is a mentally ill guy out there armed to the teeth and he's heading for a school full of little kids. And Huckabee's Great and Glorious God could have stopped this tragedy, but chose instead to let it happen because He has His panties all in a twist over not getting enough attention from the kids? "Yeah, that'll teach 'em!" the All-Powerful God thinks to Himself. "Maybe if I let a whole lot of innocent children die at the hands of a maniac, it will prove how wonderful I am and convince more people to worship me!" What a Glorious Being Huckabee's God is!

    Posted by: kit | Dec 15, 2012 9:36:47 AM

  7. Huckabee's comments are flat-out irresponsible. I tell ya it is going to take a killing spree of republicans before they blame insane killers with guns.

    Posted by: Gast | Dec 15, 2012 9:36:53 AM

  8. Huckabee is shameful and disgusting.

    Posted by: trees | Dec 15, 2012 9:36:57 AM

  9. Mike Huckabee and Bryan Fisher: What I wouldn't give to meet with each of you one-on-one or even together. Then, before I smashed both your faces in, I'd tell each of you to shut the F*CK UP!

    What vile, despicable cretins. Add the Pope to this list of people I would love to beat the living sh*t out of.

    Enough of this christian b.s.! Christians are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 15, 2012 9:40:27 AM

  10. The blame/shamemaker, for profit, yaks and yaks on Fox television and makes more evil and less sense with his quackery and pandering simpering fauxreligious logic. The root cause of violence, fear/hatemonger in America that manifests itself in vile killing fields is generated by those who marginalize, outcast and denegrate other citizens. Denegrate them to the point they flip-out and can't take the insanity of it all anymore...Huckabee is amongst the most insideous of troublemakers and uses his cheapshot version of Christianity to give himself a reason for spouting off against ALL the wreckage that rightfully belongs to gun toting, selfrighteous, ignoramouses like him.

    Posted by: Leonardo Ricardo | Dec 15, 2012 9:43:01 AM

  11. If there were such a thing as your mythical "God" -he wouldn't be happy with the fame-whore Mike Huckabee. Your comments are odious and self-serving. Hope it padded your bank account Mikey- although I am sure your church will be at the door to get their cut.
    Go away Mikey-

    More horrifying- the thought that the Rethuglicans actually considered him a viable candidate.....

    Posted by: nick | Dec 15, 2012 9:50:27 AM

  12. @yuninv
    ROFLMAO ;-)

    Posted by: vishnu | Dec 15, 2012 9:59:11 AM

  13. Yep, it's the children's fault and the teachers fault....and the school system.....

    Yep, just as the non "legitimate rape" women are in some way to blame for their non-legitimate rapes.

    The Republicans seem to have passed through the Looking Glass and entered that hilly bourne from which no traveller returns: the land of delusion and irreversible stupidity.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 15, 2012 10:00:59 AM

  14. I don't understand how one can blame a "lack of God" in the schools for this tragedy, yet in the same breath demand that Christians have access to assault rifles. Am I missing something?

    Posted by: wwolffus | Dec 15, 2012 10:01:01 AM

  15. Well, he is the father of an obese, animal-torturing, gun-toting bad seed, so he's hardly on neutral ground here.

    Posted by: Gry | Dec 15, 2012 10:02:21 AM

  16. @ JAMAL 49 :

    If you need any help I'll be there for the scrap.........just invite Frothy Mix Santorum as well.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 15, 2012 10:04:42 AM

  17. Funny that it's the lack of prayer that caused this, since gun violence is actually significantly LOWER than it was during the time period when prayer was in schools. But hey, why worry about facts when you can push some fascist religious agenda?

    Posted by: LiamB | Dec 15, 2012 10:14:11 AM

  18. States that have the lowest per capita contributions to churches also have the lowest divorce rates and less juvenile delinquency. More of the people in Massachusetts behave better than in Mississippi.

    Maybe more people paying more taxes so social services can be provided to people from the government, not from private churches, is beneficial. That's the experience of Mass versus Ms.

    Posted by: BigGuy | Dec 15, 2012 10:14:38 AM

  19. Just more proof that religious people are delusional and that religion does indeed poison everything. Huckabee is just another phony minister who worships the only true god, Mammon.

    Posted by: Bob R | Dec 15, 2012 10:19:11 AM

  20. Mike Huckabe is one ugly disgusting human being. He ever had a snowball's chance in hell of becoming president and when he failed at that had some lame ass show that I'm pretty sure got canceled. Another rich republican with too much time on his hands. Maybe he should get a real job or volunteer for something, although I sure as hell wouldn't want him working for me.

    Posted by: Will | Dec 15, 2012 10:21:54 AM

  21. Well said Bob R. These republicans worship money and have blind adoration for those that have it. They are truly the followers of Mammon.

    Maybe if we inscribed all our guns with "In God WeTrust" this wouldn't happen. After all, it's on our money and we've eliminated all sorts of financial crimes in this country because of it. (Note to mouth-breathing conservatives out there: this is sarcasm)

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 15, 2012 10:31:10 AM

  22. The shooter was taking or on psychiatric drugs and or treatment, this is the cause of people going crazy and killing others like this. Religion had nothing to do with it.

    Posted by: Tracy | Dec 15, 2012 10:45:44 AM

  23. Shouldn't Huck be noting the lack of god in the gun shops?

    Posted by: bozemanmontana | Dec 15, 2012 11:00:53 AM

  24. Okay, he's a Baptist and his statement is completely in accord with Baptist theology, so outside of his coarse rudeness, you should be blaming the founders of his church. They really believe that God goes around punishing people as a demonstration of the requirement of faith, even if the exercise seems arbitrary. This is in accord with the God of the Old Testament that punished the Jews repeatedly for various transgressions, even if they were his "chosen people".

    From a modern perspective this is all complete nonsense, but then Mike Huckabee isn't modern in his outlook, or more precisely, isn't modern in his rhetoric, since we can't tell how sincere he is.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2012 11:04:11 AM

  25. I wish there were a hell for Huckabee to burn in.

    Posted by: jexer | Dec 15, 2012 11:13:47 AM

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