Mike Huckabee: Newtown shooting not surprising after God ‘removed from our schools’

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A man hangs a sign on the front of his home near Sandy Hook Elementary School December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee commented on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Fox News, saying that Americans have “systematically removed God from our schools” and thus shouldn’t be surprised when violence occurs there.

Before his political career, Huckabee was a Southern Baptist pastor and served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, a role that he says led him into public life

In previous years, Huckabee, who ran for president in the 2008 Republican primary, has taken heat for the way as governor some say he mixed his faith with his approach to criminal behavior.

According to 2009 Post reporting, Huckabee had “been dogged by questions over the more than 1,000 commutations and pardons he issued — more than his three predecessors combined — during his 10-year tenure” in Arkansas “after a man whose sentence he commuted as Arkansas governor” (as Politico reported) killed four police officers. The Post also noted that he “faced similar questions over the release from prison of convicted rapist Wayne DuMond, who was convicted of another rape and a murder.”

During the controversy over the pardons, Joe Carter, who had worked for the Huckabee campaign, wrote at the First Things blog:

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About

Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • oldmanhermes

    Huckabee’s article begins on a false premiss, that God has been removed from public schools by the “government”. Indeed, court rulings require public schools provide a place where students may gather for prayer, bible study, or to share their faith. School employees cannot lead these sessions since they are paid government officials, nor can the meetings take place during class times. This is reasonable. At my school, students often gathered around the flag pole for a morning prayer before classes started. God has never been missing from our schools; his presence is protecteded by law.

  • SODDI

    Hey, Hucklebee – how many guns do YOU own?

  • itsthedax

    I suppose that Huckabee believes that he was god’s chosen candidate, and since he was shown the door that means that America rejected him. Reject Huck, reject God.

  • grahamphilip

    Can one say anything positive about Mike H? Or is this a purely critical Blog?

  • Secular1

    Ther plenty of loon on this blog that have come to, that sorry excuse for a human being’s, rescue and sang his paraises. But the fact of the matter is this jerk is just cut of teh same cloth as the long line o loons liek Billy & Frank graham, Pat Roberston, Jerry Fedwell, and scores of others.

  • mal1961

    OK, so by this line of reaoning, can we assume that people were slaughtered last summer in a Colorado movie theater because we’ve taken God out of movie theaters? How about that shooting that took place years ago at a McDonald’s? Is God PO’d because He’s not being featured in McDonald’s commercials? I happen to be a Christian, and I find this line of thinking pedantic and childish. Let’s use the brains that Almighty God gave us and start dealing with reality.

  • itsthedax

    Positive? OK, let’s see…

    He’s managed to keep from gaining back all the weight he lost.

  • Catken1

    Say what you like. But I personally find it difficult to say something nice about someone who’s just said that protecting religious freedom for EVERYONE in this country causes us to deserve punishments like the mass gunning down of kindergarteners.

  • NashMike

    Agreed. The fundamentalist elements in this country won’t be happy until we have public parochial schools w/ required religious service attendance.

  • Catken1

    And then they will start arguing amongst themselves about which sects get precedence…

  • persiflage

    I read the article – anti-social personality disorder without a doubt.
    Considering fat boy’s fondness for firearms, this is a guy that needs to be watched very closely. He probably has a large collection of guns by now.

    Huckabee’s hypocrisy is fairly typical of the zany religious right. They shun science like the plague, and in this case facilitating a complete lack of insight into the serious issues that afflict his own family members.

    And to think this is the same whacko that was a contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. The poverty of leadership in the GOP has got to be at it’s zenith in modern times. Since the defeat of Romney, Rep. Boehner is currently the most glaring example – but by no means the only one.

  • humbleandfree

    Oh Mike H — you are so right. IF those teachers had only been talking about the love of Jesus Christ last Friday, then the crazy shooter would have … would have … well, after he shot his mother, it would have been like the Passover – he would just pass the school by, go down to the river and shoot himself. IF only those public school teachers had been babbling bout JESUS, none of this would have happened.
    But, since they weren’t? Why God sent this gun man to kill em all, just like he sends rapists to impregnate women who need some semen??

  • ppsuperfoot

    I grow ever more weary with hearing from religious leaders who maintain that just being a person of faith will stop the mentally ill, the violent from harming others. This horrific tragedy happened because a mentally unstable person had free access to a weapon. Being a Christian didn’t save the believers who died, and prayer in that school, while worthy, would not stop a sick person on a rampage….stop simplifying that which is complex. I pray for all, but understand that stricter laws will be the pathway…

  • larryclyons

    Such hate coming from someone who claims his religion is one of love.

  • larryclyons

    my goodnes sthe Christian god then is a serial extortionist and murderer. Put me and mine on everything or I’ll kill you. Sounds like extortion to me.

  • jedg1

    The pastor in him is surrounded by a ton of lard.

    He couldn’t find Jesus if his life depended on it.

  • billlinNH

    huckabee is a “christian” of the worst kind – if he’s a Christian at all – he’s nothing but a charlatan and an arrogant hypocrite, making money at being evil.

  • billlinNH

    Nothing good to say.

  • boleson02

    I grew up in the 50s and early 60s and am an aging baby boomer. When I was a kid, no stores were open on Sunday, at least where I was, just outside Chicago. You couldn’t buy anything on a Sunday; that was God’s day, meant for church, family dinner then fun. Huck, before you condemn the schools anymore, take a look at how society took Sunday from God and gave it to Consumerism. When baby boomers became consumers, corporations couldn’t wait to get the boomers’ money, even if it meant taking Sunday.

  • chrispope281

    Mr. Huckabee, is a good man. Has evil now become good and good evil? It look’s to me from some of the comment’s on this page that the whole world has gone mad. And we do need God back in America again! I am very disturbed at some of the comment’s on this page. Don’t you know that every idle word spoken of man will be judged by God on the day of judgement. I ask you when a plane starts to fall out of the sky just about every time some one screams Jesus! Or the ground starts shaking under you, your first thought is OH GOD! We as a nation should all get on our knee’s and cry out to God for his guidance and counsel to help us during this time of great sorrow over this tragedy and pray for mercy and forgiveness for where we have fallen short of his divine will. These children are rejoicing and dancing around the throne of Jesus right now. And all we can do is throw rocks at a good man standing up and plainly speaking as a man of God and proclaiming we as a society need to invite his power of love and truth, and law’s of life back into our hearts and minds and live the abundant life that he said that he want’s us to have as a people and a nation founded by him for WE THE PEOPLE from the beginning of America.

  • ONE OF MANY, USA CITIZEN

    Our first freedom is religion which a liberty to pratice or not to pratice. Religion is not part of our government or our public school system. The education of any religion can be in the home, the place of the religion or at a private school. Public schools are for all public students of a religion type or of no religion type. You may teach your child your religion but the child in later years has the right to reject your religious views or to pass them on to the child’s children. Riligion is a liberty in America no matter what type but cannot be force on to another American.

  • humorme2s

    The shootings happened not only because God was removed from the schools. It is because God is in the home but they don’t know Him and have not heard of Him. They have ears but cannot hear. They haven’t looked for Him because they cannot see Him. They have eyes but cannot see. Their eyes have been blinded by the ruler of this world.

  • choose_reason

    We need God back in our life? When did he leave?
    We have “In God we trust” on all our money! What other country does that! Some judges have the ten commandments up in their courthouse walls.
    You have a choice to put the label “in God We Trust” on your license plates in some states (albeit mostly in the South). Our congress begins with prayer breakfasts. You have to believe in God to belong to the Boy Scouts. They let pedophiles be leaders in the BSA but never an agnostic! Oh no!

    One out of five

    There are very advanced countries such as Sweden that are 85% atheist…are they all heathens? What about the billion people who live in India and have over 100 gods. Are they heathens too? Hawai’ans? Buddhists?

    Keep your “god” in your home and church and leave him/her there. You have no right to push your belief system on someone else. You want Jihads? Look up the “Holy Crusades” or the “Spanish Inquisition.”

    One out of five Americans no longer believe in a “god.” And that percentage goes up every year. Sociology keeps showing more and more that our morality comes through evolution NOT believing in some god. We learned to live together.

    Can you explain how “god-fearing” Christians kept slavery going for over 200 years? What about loving your fellow man? Or does that person have to be white and speak English?

    You heard the term “Kill ‘em all and let God sort them out?” A current slogan of our US Marine Corps?

    In 1225 Arnaud Amalric sent from Pope Innocence III into the Crusades came upon a village of mixed religions. So he told his “men” “Kill them all. For the Lord knows them that are His.’

    You’ve got a great god there eh?

  • OnTheWay

    The way we think is the way we live. In western countries religion is now supposed to be a private thing, though it was very public formerly. In the rest of the world religion still shapes people’s way of thinking and living very deeply, even so much that you may be down and out if you’re not part of it (in countries dominated by Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam). I follow Jesus because he was not a religious person, instead he was and is very real with real people and the ones that troubled him most were the religous ones and they still do, in all religions. His way of living has changed history through centuries through people that followed him and brought freedom from slavery (see William Wilberforce), from religion (see Martin Luther, Calvin and others) to the point that the liberties we enjoy today are based on his teaching and way of living, but in the western world we have developed a collective dementia about the roots of our cultures and even those who are so strongly against religion are developing a aggressive attitudes that I have seen only with religious fanatics. Many religious people use the words of Jesus but don’t want to live the way He did! Truth doesn’t change. It stands out above everything else in the end.

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