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Connecticut school shooting blamed on ‘godlessness’ by a deranged Mike Huckabee

FORMER Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told Fox News viewers after yesterday’s shooting atrocity at an elementary school that the separation of church and state was to blame for violence in schools,

Former Governor Huckabee

Former Governor Huckabee

According to this report, Huckabee said of this latest US atrocity:

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 is quoted here as saying:

Maybe we ought to let [God] in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up when it’s all said and done at the back end.

As the Huffington Post points out, it’s not the first time Huckabee has expressed this view.

In July, the witless Christian fundie said:

We don’t have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since we’ve ordered God out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn’t act so surprised … when all hell breaks loose.

His comments spurred a slew of negative reactions on Twitter, with one person calling him “an idiot” and another saying he used the shooting as an:

Opportunity for a sleazy political move.

A total of 27 people ­– 20 of them young children – died yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut when a man police have identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree

His mother, a teacher at the school, was found dead at a Newtown residence.

Lanza himself also was kiled, with authorities saying they believe he took his own life.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake

 

102 Responses to “Connecticut school shooting blamed on ‘godlessness’ by a deranged Mike Huckabee”

  1. Broga says:

    Ken:
    “whether this is a result of secularism or religion is bound to be one of them.”

    I don’t think it is bound to be “one of them.” What we may be leaving unexamined is that the human species is the most destructive pest on the planet. We are vile lovers of cruelty to our own kind and to other animals. A species a day is being exterminated. We raze the forests, poison the seas and pollute the air. If there is profit to be made we will kill the last of the whales, tigers, wolves,great apes. And nothing entertains us as much as torture and killing. And that killing includes our own kind and is often done with indifference by those far from the killing.

    There is a positive aspect. We do have reason. We do have the capacity for insight. We do have the ability to recognise our own defects. But the greatest block on the mature and intelligent exercise of these is religion. The pope and the madmen in the Vatican block as far as they can birth control on an over crowded planet. Science is attacked in schools by the absurdity of creationism. Some religions are so convinced of their own rightness that they are prepared to torture and kill any who disagree.

    We have the brains and insight to solve these problems. There are a great many good people who want to solve them. But religion paralyses thought and action. We are in fact in the midst of one of the planet’s great extinctions and we live, doing little, in a fool’s paradise largely created by religion. More than 99 per cent of all species who existed have become extinct. That includes the dinosaurs who existed for 100 million years. Humans perhaps for a million or so. I think the tipping point has passed because we are still too besotted with ourselves to do anything.

    Religion poisons everything.

  2. Ken says:

    That was an interesting post, Broga. I agree with quite a bit of it, but for different reasons. A fallen, sinful humanity can be (or rather is) unloving, selfish and cruel, and can even use or abuse religion of one sort or another to be cruel.

    Where I disagree is in that you see all this as the effect of outside influences on man’s behaviour, religion in particular. I see it (coz the NT sees it) as coming from within (that’s where the poison is), so even if you got rid of all religion or politics or idealogy, these problems wouldn’t go away. That’s not do deny the role of environment, but to limit it. It’s the end of the excuse ‘I couldn’t help it, I did it because …’ and then insert any number of external factors on which to shift the blame.