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

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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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Jon Stewart Tries to Break Down Mike Huckabee's Opposition to Gays Marrying: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart hosted Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show last night and had it out with him over same-sex marriage and a campaign ad he produced which suggested a vote for Democrats would damn you to hell.

Said Huckabee: "Your vote can't be separated from your faith."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Celebrating Romney's Religion, Huckabee Says Obama Is 'Self-Professed Evangelical' Trying To Redefine Marriage: VIDEO

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a man who has questioned the existence of evolution, addressed the elephant in the room at the Republican National Convention last night: candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon faith.

There has been a lot of talk this election season whether the GOP's most vocal base, Evangelicals, will support a man who worships in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As Romney and his campaign team try to reclaim his faith, rather than run away from it, Huckabee tried his darndest to reframe the debate by describing President Obama as an evangelical whose marriage politics target the faithful.

I want to clear the air about something that has been said. People wonder whether guys like me, an evangelical, would only support a fellow evangelical?  Well my friends I want to tell you something, of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama. And he supports changing the definition of marriage. Believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the wound, even beyond the womb. And he tells people of faith that they have to bow their knees to the God of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls, health care. Friends I know we can do better.

Watch video of Huckabee's remarks AFTER THE JUMP.

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First Night Of The Republican National Convention Canceled

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Tropical Storm Isaac has put the kibosh on the first night of the RNC in Tampa, which was to have been Monday. Gov. Mike Huckabee was to speak, as were Govs. Nikki Haley and Jeb Bush. Ann Romney was originally scheduled to appear as well, but was bumped to Tuesday after the news networks decided Monday's slate of speakers wasn't worth covering. Some speakers will probably be bumped altogether, though how many, or which ones, hasn't yet been announced.

From Talking Points Memo:

The convention will convene on Monday and will immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, [RNC chair Reince] Priebus announced in [a] statement. “After consulting with Governor [Rick] Scott, NOAA and local emergency management officials, we are optimistic that we will begin an exciting, robust convention that will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket.”

Isaac wrought misery in the Caribbean last night, especially in Haiti, where it caused at least three deaths. As of this writing, Isaac is spinning away from the northern coast of Cuba, likely to hit the Florida Keys sometime this evening, possibly as a weak Category 1 hurricane. The Weather Channel suggests Isaac may turn into a Category 2 on Monday afternoon, but it seems unlikely to make landfall over Tampa. Tampa is, however, likely in for some very doomy weather Monday night, as well as a storm surge of up to five feet.


Rep. Todd Akin Says He'll Continue Senate Bid: AUDIO

AkinRep. Todd Akin will ignore Republican calls for him to quit his race for U.S. Senate. He tells Mike Huckabee that he'll continue on.

Said Akin: "We are going to continue with this race for U.S. Senate."

Interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not support him.

“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for Congressman Akin, but the stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual.  By staying in this race, Congressman Akin is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for, including the repeal of ObamaCare.

“It should not be lost on anyone that some of the only voices not calling for Congressman Akin to do the right thing and step aside are Claire McCaskill and the leaders of the pro-abortion movement.   Senator McCaskill knows that the only way she wins re-election is if Todd Akin is her opponent in November.
 
“We continue to hope that Congressman Akin will do the right thing for the values he holds dear, but there should be no mistake – if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”

Developing...

In related news, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined him earlier today in sending Republicans off a cliff:

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely.

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Fox News Stands With Chick-fil-A And Appreciate Mike Huckabee's Rabble-Rousing: VIDEO

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Fox News has been having a field day with the protests over Chick-fil-A, and they're making no secret of where they stand: the Fox & Friends hosts had some of the franchise's fare for breakfast during today's show.

It was there that host Steve Doocy firmly aligned himself with Chick-fil-A. In his opinion, "so many on the left are so intolerant" and the protests over Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's anti-gay politics, and the money the company has funneled to anti-gay causes, is an attack on free speech.

Doocy and company also chatted with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee today. Huckabee is the man who sparked the right's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," which Fox host Brian Kilmeade calls a "great idea."

As for Huckabee, he says he organized because the left's "hate speech" was "getting out of hand" and that Chick-fil was being subjected to "economic bullying."

"It was just getting out of hand — the hate speech and the incredible language that was being hurled at Dan Cathy, the CEO, because in an interview with a Christian newspaper he took a stand for traditional marriage,” he said, according to Mediaite. “For that, he was just being bullied. Economic bullying was the way this was going down.”

Huckabee was also asked about the "kiss-in" being held tomorrow by LGBT activists and their allies to counter the conservative action. He says supports their freedom to assemble as long as they're "orderly." Of course his alleged support comes with a subtle jab pitting LGBT people against families, which are of course only headed by heterosexual couples: "If [the LGBT activists] believe that this [kiss-in] will help their cause – to put people of the same sex kissing each other in front of families – if they believe that will encourage people to be more sympathetic than more power to them. In America, I believe that people have the right to do things that I might not agree with."

Watch both videos AFTER THE JUMP.

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