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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. And once again the media fans the flames. We need to declare the 15 minutes of fame for these idiots to be over and start ignoring their ignorant rants. Oh wait, it sells ad space, right ?

    Posted by: norseman | Dec 15, 2012 11:13:53 AM

  2. Mike Huckabee and Bryan Fisher are two of the most vile, despicable people on earth. Why anyone would want to claim to worship the same god as these two is beyond me.

    Posted by: rf7777 | Dec 15, 2012 11:14:18 AM

  3. Sounds to me it has more to do with the militaristic, gun-toting, christianistas who've tried again and again to use guns, gun imagery, and and murderous threats that give people like this gunman the idea than it is for anyone who doesn't believe in a violent, warlord God like Huckabee and his ilk do. This is the 180 degree philosophy of the GOP ("we do it but we'll blame you for it")

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Dec 15, 2012 11:20:17 AM

  4. You're right, we can't win. These people believe that just by being born we are an affront to God. Their god is a vain juvenile who requires obedience without deserving it. Their morality is defined not by truly having faith in a better way, but by escaping punishment. Few legal systems on earth would accept the behavior of a parent who kills their children as punishment for not feeding their vanity and irrational ego, but to the Christianistas, that's a virtue of their sense of justice. It's the most primitive interpretation of faith imaginable, and the underlying element in all dangerous fundamentalism. Not to mention the fallback position for all snake oil salesmen.

    As we all grieve today it's important to remember that the best of human nature also is on display during these horrifying events. There may be one sick person causing carnage, but the bravery of teachers, children, first responders and others in this tragedy prove selflessly that concern and responsibilities for others is an instinct in the best of us. A true faith leader would focus on where Christian principles are present, rather than where we all fail their failure of a god.

    Posted by: stranded | Dec 15, 2012 12:17:13 PM

  5. Aren't most European nations and Russia also nations that don't promote a religion in their schools? Why don't they have a string of massacres in their school houses? Where's the logic in this turd's statements? He, like a lot of Americans, can only see as far as the edge of our borders to make sense of the world. Lame.

    Posted by: princely54 | Dec 15, 2012 12:20:22 PM

  6. A more reasonable argument would be that mental illness caused the tragedy. But Mike Huckabee could never recognize that: He is mentally ill.

    Posted by: jomicur | Dec 15, 2012 12:27:33 PM

  7. The more these guys say stupid things like this, the more people see them for what they are and leave them behind. Or as Beyonce would put it, "Keep talking that mess, that's fine. Can you walk and talk at the same time?

    Posted by: DallasJ | Dec 15, 2012 12:37:27 PM

  8. that's odd. practically all of my fellow atheist/agnostic/secularist friends are as anti-gun as i am.

    it tends to be barely-educated right-wingers that arm themselves with a gun AND a bible.

    but hey, this is the man who rails against gays whilst his own sociopath of a son tortured and killed a stray dog.

    so f**k off.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 15, 2012 12:41:09 PM

  9. I've read several articles today about Huckabee's statement. A few about Bryan Fischer too but not as many because he's less well known. Based on the tone of the articles themselves AND readers' comments they are NOT being well received, in fact a lot people are pissed!

    I'm just surprised Fischer didn't blame gays for it since that's pretty standard for him. Hurricanes, tornadoes, or the price of eggs in China, Fischer usually blames us for it.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 15, 2012 12:47:45 PM

  10. 11 years ago, when Falwell and Robertson made similar statements immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there was instant outrage and they were forced to issue half-hearted, insincere faux-pologies.

    It speaks to just how extreme and outright batshit the tea-tards of religious right have become since that there are even MORE of these types of statements emanating from their spokespeople, and they are met with a collective shrug by the mainstream.

    Posted by: Andy | Dec 15, 2012 12:52:21 PM

  11. Mike Huckabee is a fool.

    Posted by: barney | Dec 15, 2012 12:58:35 PM

  12. IMO one of the most scathing criticisms of this sort of belief/religion is in Monty Python's Meaning Of Life. An Anglican minister prays to God with "O Lord, You are SO big, so absolutely huge. Gosh, we're all really impressed down here, I can tell You. Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and barefaced flattery. But You are so strong and, well, just so super. Fantastic. Amen."

    The God that Huckabee and Fischer worship apparently has low self-esteem and is emotionally needy. He requires, no NEEDS, lots and lots of groveling and if he doesn't get it He'll smite you. Their God is like a spiteful child with an ant farm, a hateful and dangerous deity who requires constant appeasement. What does it say about them that they would worship a "god" like that?

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 15, 2012 1:14:56 PM

  13. @ bozemanmontana :

    How about this for a nice display?

    Posted by: V | Dec 15, 2012 1:18:35 PM

  14. Well Mr Huckabee, with NO due respect, you have just slapped the collective faces of every one of the dead's families faces. I am sure that they would all give you a piece of their mind in this time of overwhelming's a small step from what you are doing to the assh*l*s from Fred Phelps "church" picketing the funerals of servicemen... did you stop to ask yourself "what would Jesus do?"..

    Posted by: mark | Dec 15, 2012 1:22:58 PM

  15. How does Huckafuck explain the Crusades then? Weren't they motivated by religion?

    Posted by: ACe | Dec 15, 2012 1:52:08 PM

  16. So did Huck Huck get his talking points directly from Bryan Fischer who essentially said the same thing?

    Posted by: CD | Dec 15, 2012 2:05:16 PM

  17. He must be up for re-election in 2014 to be shamelessly using YESTERDAY'S event as a political podium.

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 15, 2012 2:10:46 PM

  18. Huckabee should realize that faith , prayer, and religion are the responsibility of the parents and their church. Maybe he should blame himself because his work as minister and politician have not stopped violence. He needs to deal with his own hatred which has probably caused many hate crimes.

    Posted by: saunakarhu | Dec 15, 2012 2:21:42 PM

  19. Talk about responsibility...Huckabee, it is your job AS A PARENT to teach your child about God and morality. Not the school's job. A parent's job.

    Posted by: Miguel R. | Dec 15, 2012 2:26:17 PM

  20. Talk about responsibility...Huckabee, it is your job AS A PARENT to teach your child about God and morality. Not the school's job. A parent's job.

    Posted by: Miguel R. | Dec 15, 2012 2:26:18 PM

  21. Mike Huckabee doesn't have faith in his god. An omnipotent being doesn't need permission to do anything.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Dec 15, 2012 2:31:01 PM

  22. The real reason that the United Dtates has soooo many issues with shootings is not because of GOD it's because of the BS laws that allow people to own them.
    No other country has these problems.
    We as a nation always seem to make jokes about Canada but we should really look to them to figure out how to get it together.
    Their economy isn't in the toilet..they've had gay rights and marriage for at least a decade..they don't have the gun/shooting medical and the list goes on.
    America's problem is America thinks toooo highly of itself.
    We may think we are the greatest country in the world but we're not..that's the problem..we need to be a little more humble

    Posted by: Darren | Dec 15, 2012 3:31:48 PM

  23. I don't want to make a joke around this, but at least Mr. Huckabee didn't blame the gays......but of course, this ass would bring religion and god into this horrific just shows me what a lack of sense, sensibility, sensitivity and plain old common sense Huckabee has..what he says provides no value, answer, empathy, sympathy to the grieving families

    Posted by: Bernie | Dec 15, 2012 4:08:17 PM

  24. "God in Churches" hasn't stopped the countless ongoing child-rapes....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 15, 2012 4:18:43 PM

  25. Hucko was on the Daily Show few weeks back,he is totally insane...even Stewart could not get thru to him on his anti SSM views,and more...glassy eyed and unresponsive...typical relig nutcase, same as his "blow buddy" Fischer

    Posted by: codyj | Dec 15, 2012 5:34:08 PM

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