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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. 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 5:34:10 PM

  2. What a vile piece of human filth!

    Posted by: alan | Dec 15, 2012 5:48:25 PM

  3. Dear Mike:

    Please explain the shootings that have happened at churches.



    Posted by: BETTY | Dec 15, 2012 6:43:55 PM

  4. Well I wonder how brain trust Huckabee accounts for the many children deaths at the historic Roman Catholic Archdiocese church fire.

    I'm sure prayer was part of their day lives. Maybe they didn't pray correctly or hard enough? Shame on that awful opportunist.

    Posted by: ChicagoJeff | Dec 15, 2012 7:04:30 PM

  5. HE wasn't referring to the children but to the perpertrator who had gone through the school system without acquiing a morality that would prohibit him from doing such a thing.

    Posted by: Gary Walter | Dec 15, 2012 7:30:14 PM

  6. Another bible believer heard from. That collection of mostly myths and vile moral teachings is the root of so much ignorance and hate in the world. Yes there are some warm and fuzzt parts that some civilized 21st century people hang on to. The world would be better off if we threw the whole damn thing out!

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 15, 2012 9:23:34 PM

  7. Let's be clear. The one fact we know for certain is that if God is real, he personally permitted every one of those children and teachers to die by gunshot. He also permitted the gunman to shoot himself and escape human justice.

    God is not great.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 15, 2012 11:52:29 PM

  8. Thanks to most of you for focusing on Fischer and Huckabee and their flavor of Christianity. The existence of evil in the world is perhaps the most difficult problem of theology. I certainly have no answers. The tragedy was bad enough to digest - these two blasphemers made the situation far worse. We know Republicans have yet to truly accept the results of the November election. The Religious Right is even worse: it still hasn't truly accepted the 1962 and 1963 SCOTUS rulings that prohibited compulsory prayer and Bible reading (respectively) in public schools. The victims, especially the children, are doubly innocent. They are not the problem; SCOTUS is the problem. I'm surprised F&H didn't explicitly say so. As far as being anti-gun, you can add to Little Kiwi's list all the Christians I know.

    @yuninv: ROFLMAO

    #1: An idealized (=non-existant) pre-1962 world
    #2: What do I keep hearing on this site and others? Ignore them and they will go away. Obviously it's not working. I do remember some push back after 9/11. I hope it comes soon.

    @Y: It's too appropriate. I have to confess I laughed when I saw it. I'm passing it around to my friends. I have long believed that the true God of the Religious Right is sex. Now I need to remember to add guns.

    @ChicagoJeff: Back in 1958, people like F&H would have blamed it on being RC and not Protestant. The Religious Right used to believe that the Pope was the Anti-Christ. While some still do, most are willing to work together on their common conservative social agenda. (BTW - The Protestants used to be furious that the RC dared to complain that Protestant prayers were inappropriate in school, as well as reading from the King James Bible.)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 16, 2012 2:08:09 AM

  9. America...Change your gun laws!! how many more times do we have to be in shock around the world? yes every country has governmental issues that need to be changed but how many more innocent lives need to be taken in America! its so sad and frustrating. And also stand up to these religous sects they have no power if you dont listen!

    Posted by: antony | Dec 16, 2012 8:17:54 AM

  10. Why do these greedy, selfish hateful rightwing pundits always blame the victims of such a hideous crime? They were kindergarten children! Speaks volumes of what is wrong with politics in the States and how the people against changing gun laws always bring in "god" and religion" into this, a nutcase shot dead 27 small kids and teachers who had access to weapons that obviously should be illegal and restricted. If "God" was involved he would have stopped it......It was easy access to artillery and a sick mind not religion. Wake up America your just wasting lives with this gun law crap all the time. Laws are meant to be changed and updated when needed and this is needed now!

    Posted by: Darrell | Dec 16, 2012 9:59:00 AM

  11. to the person who asked ... 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??

    We just did, it was called the election! The repubs, otherwise known as the religious right, continue to try and find out why they lost and just cant seem to grasp the reality of their hate and prejudice against anyone that is different that what looks back at them in the mirror. The right continue to be as two faced, underhanded, unethical, unfaithful, unprincipled, unscrupulous, and untrustworthy as one can be and then not understand why they get no respect and why no one believes what they say.

    I don't agree with a ton of things the dem's do but at least they aren't continuing to try and make me a second class citizen at best or a criminal at the worst. They aren't trying to completely discount my worth simply because I don't make in excess of 100k a year, gut every safety net that is out there for people or in the case of people like Hispanics just round them up and ship them out, including the kids who have never know another home.

    When will we wake up? .... to a big degree, I think we have, I hope so at least!

    Posted by: morgan | Dec 16, 2012 1:50:03 PM

  12. Mr Huckabee, How do you live with yourself? Do you actually sleep at night? Don't you fear dyeing in your sleep and your sole going strait to hell? You know; "Strait to Hell; do not pass GO; Do not collect $200." What is the pleasure you get out of knowing that you, and your statements, cause other people to physically and mentally torment innocent people that just want to live their lives in peace and love with their friends and relatives? What is so lacking in YOUR life that makes you want to harm others that you do not know and never will know as long as you live?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Dec 16, 2012 3:57:31 PM

  13. Some good comments here! I still do not understand what his mom felt the need to own a machine gun....

    Posted by: billmiller | Dec 16, 2012 5:42:38 PM

  14. The gun lobby needs to find God, and I supppose that since the majority of Republicans are gun carriers then they either don't have, never did or are completely lost to $$$$$

    Posted by: AKGLOCK | Dec 16, 2012 6:00:41 PM

  15. ChicagoJeff: I was eight and I lived in Chicago when the fire happened. The faces of some of the victims still haunt me. The worst part of the fire was when some of the nuns wouldn't let their students leave when the fire alarm went off.

    Posted by: billydee4 | Dec 16, 2012 11:57:19 PM

  16. they should just stop pussyfooting around and admit that they arein with the Westboro Baptist Church's group.

    Posted by: mark | Dec 17, 2012 8:39:05 AM

  17. Actually he's doing thinking people all over the country a service by pointing out yet again how wacky the conservative 'christian' right really is. He's helping to push them further into irrelevancy, and for that we should be grateful.

    Posted by: Burt | Dec 17, 2012 11:45:11 AM

  18. A newspaper article I saw this morning mentioned that the shooter's mother was kind of a gun nut, having an arsenal so she could protect herself in some impending disaster (economic collapse, end of the Mayan world. or whatever). and would take her son to a shooting range. She and the victims at the school were shot with her guns.

    Stringent background checks wouldn't have helped as his mother was odd but sane, unless the checks include whether a crazy person is also living in the same place. Nobody who knew her thought she was irresponsible, but mothers have been known to think more highly of their children than anyone else would.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 17, 2012 2:28:03 PM

  19. Thank Huckabee's god for not letting him win in 2008. Can you imagine such an intolerant biggot in the presidency? Christian Bush was bad enough. How can anyone embrace Republicans when so many are prejudiced, hate-filled individuals?

    Posted by: Mikey | Dec 17, 2012 3:28:17 PM

  20. I've studied theology for years and I can say with knowlege, unlike many here, that Mike Huckabee's comments are the same as what would be said by any bibilical theologian throughout history, and it was very tenderly stated. I'm sure the Pope would say the same thing. The people who have come out in such hostility against him are frankly, very wicked persons who can't stand the truth. And those people, if the restraints were removed, would go as far as murdering ones like Mike Huckabee in order to silence him. Jesus even reproved those of his day saying that they persecuted and murdered all the prophets because they couldn't stand to hear the truth. It's clear that some things will never change this side of heaven.

    Posted by: Jospeh | Dec 18, 2012 10:40:42 AM

  21. Mike Huckabee is awesome. Thank God someone stands up for what is right.

    To the guy who doesn't believe there is a hell. That's convenient for someone like you.


    Posted by: TIGENT | Dec 18, 2012 10:56:13 PM

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