• Fri, Dec 14 2012

Mike Huckabee Says Connecticut Shootings Happened Because We ‘Removed God From Our Schools’

mike huckabee connecticut school shootingMike 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).

Watch the video for yourself and tell us what you think in the comments section, below:

Photo: mikehuckabee.com

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  • mm

    Someone like that is so far gone that there’s no point even trying to convince them they’re wrong. It’s gross that he’s allowed to speak his opinion in such a public way, he should be embarrassed for himself.

    • 116

      Well if there is no God then you can’t say that what happened to these innocent kids was wrong. It’s just you opionin. But if God is real then there is a law which is written on our hearts to know what’s good and what’s evil.

    • durptree

      If you need a fictional book to define your morals then you are the worst kind of person in the world.

    • Dan

      What about the Bible is fictional? Can u prove that it is fictional? If so I would love to hear ur proof?

    • Ty

      Ummmm couldn’t he say the same to you? Prove to us he is real? Would love to hear it. I’m assuming you’ll use the faith argument anyways. Morons like yourself are easily mind fvcked.

    • Boomer

      Whether you think it is fiction or not, the moral TEACHINGS of the Bible are timeless and something sorely missing in many aspects of our world. This is indisputable. Morals of society are taught and not necessarily inherent.
      As for calling someone the worse kind of person in the world for following the Bible, I feel sorry for you. Someday you will grow up and know what you said is wrong. Until then I wish you the best on your journey to enlightenment.

    • Aternox

      Yes yes. A timeless guide to morals. it tell me how to treat my slaves and how to punish my children and wife (mostly by death). A moral book will can all base our lives on.

    • CharredBarn

      Actually, I think the worst of person in the world doesn’t concern himself with morals at all, from any source–and kills, rapes, and steals according to his whim. You really think the old lady down the street who prays the rosary every day is worse than that? Glad there aren’t more people like you…

    • k.evans

      Well said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Payton-Blake/1390912413 Payton Blake

      It’s wrong because the majority of humans would read about it and feel hurt at the loss of life. It is wrong because people who imagine themselves as being there, would at least have an inkling of the horror. It is wrong because human society says it is wrong. You don’t need religion or a belief in a god for that. If that is what it takes for some, then so be it, but to say that you can’t know what’s right or wrong unless you’re religious is a lie. In fact, it is my opinion that the assertion that you cannot be a good person without a specific religion is a contributor to some violence and the inability of different subcultures in our nation to tolerate each other, if not be friendly to one another.

    • RogueChocolate

      that may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Atheists also know right from wrong. Murdering children is wrong – that’s pretty obvious to most civilized people. If you need religion to tell you that, you may need to check into the nearest mental health clinic, before you do something like this. Please get help soon.

    • Dan

      Do u realize that what u just said is also an opinion that was expressed in a public manner? Why are u allowed to express your opinion but others can’t?

    • Nobam2012

      MM is a liberal. It’s to be expected.

    • Saddened

      He’s not too far gone. Maybe he has a point. If he is wrong, what is the “right” answer? Gun control? Security? Mental health? Parenting? What?? I’m just glad he spoke up on something that makes sense instead of everyone saying “gun control”. Because let me tell you…whether or not there are laws that make it more difficult to get a gun, if someone that sick and evil has a mission, they will do whatever they can to get their hand on a gun for a few hours to carry it out. No question about it. Gun laws will NOT SOLVE ANYTHING.

      And yes. You spoke your opinion in a public way, just as he did. What makes what he did so different than what you did?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Payton-Blake/1390912413 Payton Blake

      Makes sense? I don’t agree. Religion isn’t required in order to be a good person, and being religious doesn’t mean someone will be good either.

    • Nobam2012

      No, but it does increase the chances of someone being good. It’s been proven in hundreds of studies. Google it before making vague statements in the future.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Payton-Blake/1390912413 Payton Blake

      Which studies? Peer reviewed?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Albert-Wesker/100001692562133 Albert Wesker

    Too soon.

    Before we all blame the NRA, Bad parenting, TV and violent video games, and the other ingredients in the inevitable political shitstorm to follow, lets just take the time to ONLY mourn for the dead and their families in this tragedy today. It’s disgusting that this has become political fodder NOT EVEN 12 HOURS AFTER IT HAPPENED!

    I usually side with Huckabee too. Right now, however, he needs to just shut the f*uck up

  • http://twitter.com/jscockerell james s cockerell

    he is an idiot…period

    • Nobam2012

      Don’t be jealous. LMAO

    • Nobam2012

      Don’t be jealous. LMAO

  • Allan

    if a traffic light breaks and a terrible accident occurs and people die would we say ok lets grieve and mourn for a week then we can fix the traffic light. No you grieve and mourn and fix the traffic light right away. Well when we have a a broken system where there are way to many guns and to much access for sickos to get gun their is not time to sit a wait to talk about how to fix this problem. To many this year alone have died we need answers.

  • Sheilah

    So, tell us then writer of this article, if Mike Huckabee is wrong, then what is the correct answer? He is absolutely right. Come up from your Momma’s basement, you Liberal UNtolerant know it all.

  • THE TRUTH

    MIKE HUCKABEE IS A SELF-RIGHTEOUS HYPOCRITE!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.campos.771 Ralph Campos

      Mike hit the nail on the head, NO GOD, NO PEACE.

  • THE TRUTH

    MIKE HUCKABEE IS A SELF-RIGHTEOUS HYPOCRITE!!

  • Mike Huckabee

    MIKE HUCKABEE IS A DUMBSHIT!!

    • Nobam2012

      So are you. You probably would love to French kiss his anus.

    • Nobam2012

      So are you. You probably would love to French kiss his anus.

  • Mike Huckabee

    MIKE HUCKABEE IS A DUMBSHIT!!

  • Tex

    not everyone drives drunk, so punish only those who do — same with guns, only this dead woman cannot be punished after her own child murders her, and with her gun!. I enjoy believing there’s a special hell awaiting this kind of evil. Leave guns out of it and be realistic, that he would kill whether firearms are used or not.

  • johny

    Huckabee NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dennis

    If Huckabee is right, and some day we will all be judged by God, he is screwed.

  • D

    He is right!

  • Saddened Mom

    I can only imagine the response I may get
    from this but… (deep breath) here goes:

    In MY Opinion…I feel – whack-job though he may be – Huckabee has a point.
    Billy Graham has made similar remarks after previous school shootings, when
    asked why did God let this happen. God – or whatever Higher Power one chooses
    to believe in – was kicked out of schools so… h/it was right where we wanted
    him. While I do not remember “prayer” we DID have a moment of silence
    after we recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. It was a moment for us
    to silently pray (though I mostly stood, trying to stay awake). I have noticed
    an alarming increase in school violence ever since our Moment of Silence was
    removed. As for the “We need more gun control!” argument… hmm, if
    we make guns illegal, then they’ll be off the streets? Then, we should make
    meth and heroin illegal! How’s that logic working so far?

    As for the mental health aspect, if you are diagnosed with mental illness,
    guess what? YOU DON’T PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK. You cannot own a gun if you
    suffer from a mental disorder; this has been in effect for at least a few years.

    Someone earlier is disgusted by the fact that we haven’t even gone a full 24
    hours and already this has morphed from a grieving nation into a squabbling
    one. Well, everyone has an anus, just like an opinion. You must be new; welcome
    to the Internet, where jerks, a$$es and haters can vent their opinions and
    views, regardless if the timing is prudent or not.

    May these families heal from this gaping wound, carved out by a cowardly
    troubled young man. I hope that, wherever he goes, he has to deal with whatever
    pain afflicted him in this life, for ALL eternity. The angels he snuffed out
    with no regard are watching over their loved ones, no hunger, sickness, or pain
    to ever trouble them again. My heart aches for the parents and I hope that one
    day, they are able to find some peace. I am filled with utter sorrow on their
    behalf.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.campos.771 Ralph Campos

    I think Huck is right about the government kicking God out of the schools. But then you have big time supporters of Obama like union boss declaring there will be a civil war and another democrat member of congress saying there will be blood spilled in the streets over some silly law they are against. . Now did you see Obama condemn those two statements? Hell no. And there you have it why this nation is self destructing, NO GOD anywhere.

    • Aternox

      Time for idiots like you to get their collective heads out o their backsides Fact: America is less religious than in 1950. Per capita murder is far less than 1950. By this if we use your logic I can safely say that the The decline of religion equals a decline in violence. While my logic doesn’t work in the real world (too many factors to consider, correlation does not equal causation) In you world of illogical arguments my facts should be proof enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stanferd.geist Stanferd Geist

    Huckabee is right, the shooter was only 20 yrs old, leaving god in schools students can learn structure and morals even with the 10 commandments.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Payton-Blake/1390912413 Payton Blake

      Religion and the 10 commandments is not required to teach children how to be kind Promoting one religion over another though, could teach them to be unkind. I would also hope that people would not need to fear a religions entity in order to be good; I would hope they would be good people and treat people with kindness and respect because it is the right thing to do.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OTCZKMWD6WN7SUVRYKPAJ67VG4 justis

    He is very narrow in his perspective: this nation has turned its back on God, no longer believes, no longer has faith, no longer respects and reverences God. That’s why we are having “harbingers” and it seems that we are unraveling in this nation. The stability that results in faith is now gone. We are so out of control in this nation: our economy, our religion, our politics, the corruption is horrible. This nation worships American Idols. The worship is self-centered and not God-centered. God has in essence allowed this nation to run the course it has chosen. He is not blind to what is happening, nor is He the “cause” of what is happening globally. He allowing mankind to make it’s own decisions and choices: the consequences are earthquakes moving through this nation. We are no longer the great nation we once were. LOOK around you. Get out of your skin and see the world crumbling aorund you. ROME is burning, and this nation is fiddling as though nothing is happening.

  • bubbyjob

    The way to change the world is to change people’s minds. As more and more
    people openly discuss the fact that “God” and “Allah” are completely imaginary,
    the world becomes a better place. The people who believe in “religion” look sillier and sillier. Eventually, religion
    becomes a fringe activity that is meaningless.

    Whenever anyone says “God,” we should reply, “God is imaginary.”

  • bubbyjob

    Ask why religion causes so many problems

    If God were to exist, wouldn’t you expect there to be a huge benefit to those
    who follow and obey him? Why, instead, do we see the opposite?

    For example, there is growing evidence that the delusion
    of religion causes significant social dysfunction. Statistical research is
    revealing the problems that go with religion. For example, a recent article in
    the Journal of Religion and Society points out that religion is correlated to
    the significant social difficulties that we can see in America:

    In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate
    with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection
    rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion in the prosperous democracies

  • bubbyjob

    The prevailing view is that religion is harmless even if it is delusional. That
    turns out not to be the case. America is the most religious country of those
    studied in the developed world. America also has the biggest problems in terms
    of things like homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection
    rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion.

  • boblib

    Mike Huckabee should just shut the _uck up. I believe in god, but to say if god was allowed in schools this would never happen is insane! This was a mentally disturbed individual who slipped through a huge crack in our mental health system (which the GOP want to stop funding), and an NRA that controls our countrys laws. How many more people have to die until we take back our country and put in laws that will help our out of control gun society.

    The answer is not to give everyone in this country a gun. To suggest if their were more guns in the school is assanine! THE NRA wants to turn this country back into the wild west.

    WOW

    • Nobam2012

      If you had a brain you could figure out that what he is saying is true.

    • Nobam2012

      If you had a brain you could figure out that what he is saying is true.

  • Delaware Dude

    I respect everyone’s right to his opinion. However, to suggest publicly that the tragic events in Newtown yesterday were related to a separation of church and state is illogical, insensitive, irresponsible, ludicrous, and counterproductive to any attempt at closure. The problem with right wing religious fanatics is that they assume that everyone who does not believe as they do is God-less and immoral. Huckabee has no idea what’s in the hearts and minds of any person involved in yesterday’s tragedy. If person has a fear and love of God in his heart, God is always there, and no one can push Him out, no matter what the beliefs or lack of beliefs of anyone else around him. God is all merciful and all loving, and He does not retract from situations because simply he is not recognized. We all have a tendency toward evil, and we will always have evil in our midst. God allows each of us to use our free will as we choose, and he does not intervene every time one of us uses it for evil purposes. That’s why good and evil exist. We could not understand either one without the other. And that is why we embrace the concept of judgement by God, so that when all is said and done, He knows who has used his free will in a God-like manner and who deserves to be brought home to His Kingdom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerusdotorg Mike Russo

    mike huckabee has shown me the light. i now pray every night….that someone will find him and slowly disembowel him

    • Nobam2012

      I hope your mother gets assraped while you watch.

    • Nobam2012

      I hope your mother gets assraped while you watch.

  • Cindy Green

    Mike Huckabee is a mindless cold bastard who has no concept of anything that involves heaven or earth. Who was being punished? What possible “sins” have five to ten year olds committed that would merit this? Several years ago I converted from a Baptist ( my parents religion) to agnostic. I remain happily unaffiliated with any organized religion and have finally found my peace with god. So, fuck you Mike Huckabee!

  • hmalen

    Per Huckabee, 26 INNOCENT people, 20 children, DESERVED to die because the schools won’t allow his version of god in the schools. That is the most vile, perverted, morally corrupt, despicable comments, just hours after the tragedy, that I have ever heard. Reminds me of Falwell/Robertson after 9/11. I would like to see Huckabee go to Sandy Hook and say those same words directly to the parents of those murdered children. ,

  • Selena

    Mr. Huckabee’s comment was stupid. Teaching people about God does not guarantee that bad things will never happen. However, I think it unwise to blame God for Mr. Huckabee’s stupidity. God is the only one capable of healing the broken hearts and keeping the children safe for the rest of eternity.

  • Sally

    I blame my family and I included, the church. In stead of us preaching the LOVE OF CHRIST to all men then maybe we can see it from GOD’S Point of View amd love the mentally ill or a wayward indiviual, a wineno and prostitute on the street even those who do horrific acts such as these, instead of solifciting political opinion (mostly regarding money) and choices. You can’t put GOD out of school because HE is everywhere!!!!!!! HE is GOD, remember. I know there are ministries that ae doing a great job but it’s not nearly enough. While the church is worried about their bank account they should be trusting GOD the more (this sound like something the world would do, worry) Let’s get back to the basic, Teach and Preach the GOOD NEW of the GOSPELS (and don’t pollute the GOSPEL with your opinion, keep to the WORD) this is what will reform the heart of man by the HOLY SPIRIT!!!!!!! I Pray for the families and the town in Conn. for their love one who’s gone before them. They are our Angels, the Great Cloud of Witness!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Payton-Blake/1390912413 Payton Blake

    Wow, I didn’t realize that because I’m not a religious person and don’t pray, I must be a violent time bomb just waiting to explode! All this time I thought I treated people nicely, didn’t steal, didn’t do drugs, didn’t break the law, did my best to help others. I guess I was just so good at pretending I even fooled myself.

    • Nobam2012

      He never said that moron. Stats show religious people are less involved in crime, and especially hate. Just look at the anti religion haters on this post. Wake up call people.

    • Nobam2012

      He never said that moron. Stats show religious people are less involved in crime, and especially hate. Just look at the anti religion haters on this post. Wake up call people.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Payton-Blake/1390912413 Payton Blake

      Really? What about all the hate in the name of religion?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Payton-Blake/1390912413 Payton Blake

      and…that is exactly what he implied.

  • John

    God has lifted His Hand of Protection off of this country because this country has forsaken Him. Sandy hit in the heart of Progressive Liberals and now a demon possessed man has killed innocent children in the heart of a progressive Liberal state that allows gay marriage. God has protected and caused this country to flourish for over 200 years, but now we are on the edge of the cliff. Not only are we morally bankrupt, we are also financially bankrupt. Call on the name of Jesus and escape eternal judgement. Wake up America and Repent. Time is short. The wrath of God is about to be poured out on the whole earth. Repent with your whole heart and God may have Mercy on us.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Payton-Blake/1390912413 Payton Blake

      I am a good person. I am not perfect, but I am not bad. I do not steal, I do not do drugs, I do not harm others, and I do my best to help people who need it. Yet *gasp* I’m atheist!
      If your god really existed, and if your god really was a good god, then it wouldn’t matter if I’m religious or not, as long as I’m a good person. If a god were actually good, it would not punish someone for another person’s actions or inaction. Now I’m not saying your god doesn’t exist, I would not make such a claim, I just don’t believe any gods do exist. I just think it’s hypocritical to believe in a “good god” and then turn around and say that such and such happened as a punishment.

      Regardless of if there is a god or not, sometimes bad things happen, be it natural or because someone made a bad choice. It is not a punishment, it just is what it is. Do people who live in California and experience an earthquake do so because they were bad? No, not unless you consider doing something stupid like building on a a fault being a bad person.

  • Bunne

    Say those children actually did die because God was removed from schools. They still didn’t deserve to die. Is this how God tells us he wants to be allowed in school? By failing to stop a madman from murdering children?

  • yahoo

    How does Mr. Huck explain his own son’s mental problems in mutilating small animals several years ago. Makes no sense and to have him tell what other people in such an irresponsible way is drawing attention to him rather than being helpful is not needed at this time. Clean up your own house first….then we can have a discussion.

  • LMT

    STFU Huckabee. It makes me sick that anyone would use this tragedy to push their religious agenda. I certainly wouldn’t want anything to do with a god who would abandon little children just because there isn’t prayer in the classroom.

  • Brian Swinerton

    so when school children get killed at a school that’s because god was taken out of schools. so when a church gets shot up that must mean god was taken out of the church right?……..im having trouble following this logic.

  • Nobam2012

    I’m not a religious person but I would have to agree. We need to bring back God and asswhoopins.

  • Nobam2012

    Christians are a less violent people. Google it. Now go after the Muslim terrorists.