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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