Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, has spoken on the tragic shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn. He says he is not surprised that such a tragic incident would happen because "we have systematically removed God" from public schools.
According to The Huffington Post, Huckabee, speaking on Fox News, said: "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?"
According to TalkingPointsMemo (TPM), while law enforcement have released only scanty details about the alleged gunman and the incident, Huckabee has concluded that the policy of separation of church and state is to blame for the increase in deadly shootings. According to TPM, he said:
"[W]e've made it [school] 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."Gawker provides the full-text of his response to the question: "How could God let this happen?"
HUCKABEE: "Well, you know, it's an interesting thing. When we ask why there is violence in our schools, but we've systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have become a place for carnage because we've made it a place where we don't want to talk about eternity, life, responsibility, accountability? That we're not just going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand in judgment before God. If we don't believe that, we don't fear that."TPM reports that the former GOP presidential candidate recommended God as the answer to the problem of violence in society. He said: "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."
The Huffington Post notes that this is not the first time that Huckabee has expressed such views about the spate of shootings in the US. After the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., in summer, he said the shooting was a symptom of America's godless culture and removal of religion from public life. The Huffiington Post reports he said on Fox News:
"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."Newhounds.com responds to Huckabee with biting sarcasm:
"Okaay. Mass murders are caused by godlessness. Really? Funny, some of the most murderous events in history were caused by those who lived in a culture saturated with God. Those who perpetrated the Inquisition and the Crusades were full of the spirit of their lord. And American society had its fair share of mindless violence before the Supreme Court decision which declared that school prayer is unconstitutional. The violence of the Jim Crow era was done by those who read from the same 'good book' as does Huckabee. And given that 77% of the country is Christian and that there are plenty of churches across the land, how has God been 'ordered out of' our society?... Perhaps the problem lies in the availability of guns in our society - an availability that's pushed, in large part, by followers of Huckabee's god."Gawker reports Fox News had earlier blamed the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on "online activity" and "gaming."
Digital Journal reports that Adam Lanza, 20, is the suspect in the school shooting in which 27, including 20 children, died. Lanza is reportedly the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, Digital Journal reports.
According to Digital Journal, the shooting is the second deadliest shooting in US history.