Mike Huckabee went on Fox News today to discuss the Connecticut school shootings and confirmed our worst fears: That someone would inappropriately lay blame for the death of nearly 30 people in the Newtown massacre. When asked how he would respond to the question–”How could God let this happen?”–the former Arkansas Governor and GOP presidential candidate seemed to blame the separation of church and state:
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 would become a place of carnage because we’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 to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand before a Holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.
And so I sometimes when people say “why did God led it happen,” you know, god wasn’t armed, he didn’t go to the school. But god will be there in the form of a lot of people with hugs, and with therapy and a whole lot of ways that i think he will be involved in the aftermath. Maybe we ought to let him in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him when it’s all said and done at the back end.
In the wake of such a tragic event, many are calling for a momentary cease-fire in the gun control debate out of respect for the Newtown community’s loss. I’m not sure Huckabee’s explanation for why gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and 6 adults today is ever going to be appropriate. (Not to mention logical; we only just clarified that the shooter was Adam Lanza, and not his older brother, Ryan Lanza. Whether Huckabee is assuming to know where he was educated and whether he was religious–or just that we deserve this kind of event if we don’t all subscribe to his belief system–it’s offensive and absurd.)
Huckabee made similar comments after the Colorado shooting earlier this year (and he also believes homosexuality is a choice) in an attempt to defend gun laws, blaming violence on a sinful society (completely ignoring mental health issues, by the way).
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