On Friday, the same day as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, both Fox News host Mike Huckabee and Brian Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association seemed to assert that the massacre was due to a lack of school prayer. On Saturday, on his Fox News show, Huckabee first denied the connection, then seemed to double-down on it and went still — and horrificly — further.
On Friday, Huckabee said the following when speaking on Fox News:
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.
On Saturday, Huckabee complained that the the reaction from the left was both predictable and vicious reaction. He added that the reaction “jumped to the conclusion that I said if we had prayer in school the shooting wouldn’t have happened.”
Continuing, Huckabee insisted that he had “said nothing of the sort,” but then immediately appeared to double-down on linking a lack of religion to violence.
Here’s what he said:
It’s far more than just taking prayer or Bible reading out of the schools. It’s the fact that people sue a city so we aren’t confronted with a manger scene or a Christmas Carol. That lawsuits are filed to remove a cross that’s a memorial to fallen soldiers. Churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills. We carefully and intentionally stop saying things are sinful and we call them disorders. Sometimes, we even say they’re normal.
And to get to where that we have to abandon bedrock moral truths, then we’re asked, “Well, where was God?” And I respond that, as I see it, we’ve escorted Him right out of our culture and we’ve marched Him off the public square, and then we express our surprise that a culture without Hm actually reflects what it’s become.
The portion of his statement related to “sinful” and “normal” appears to be a swipe at LGBT individuals.
And somebody is going to suggest we pass a law to stop all this kind of thing. I might want to point out that we don’t have to pass a new law, there is one that has been around awhile that works if we’d teach it and observe it: “Thou shall not kill.”
Oh there are about nine others, but to tell you about them would require bring God back, and we know how unacceptable that would be.
While Huckabee purports this to be a Christian view, it seems to tilt more toward a Calvinist view. In a nutshell, Calvinism says that if something is wrong in your life, you deserve it. In other words, in the case of Newtown, we (the U.S.) deserve to have such a massacre because there is no school prayer, or because of all the other ways we have dissed God.
It’s the same view taken by the Westboro Baptist Church, which blames the deaths of U.S. service personnel in the Middle East on what is calls our “liberal treatment” of homosexuals.
He’s right though, there is a law already on the books about this. However, it’s not a Commandment, but instead the Second Amendment, which specifies that guns should be available to a “well-regulated militia,” not to every John and Jane Q. Public.
That’s not the interpretation most make, though. At this point, given that, we need solid gun control laws, including licensing and psychological testing. No matter what Huckabee’s opinion — and that’s what it is — the fastest growing religious segment in the U.S. is “non-religious.”
Watch Huckabee’s statement, embedded.