Former Republican presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, who likes to pretend that he’s not as crazy as the rest of the Republican party, today proposed that prayer in school would have saved the lives of the twenty mostly-five-to-ten-year-olds who were killed in a shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school:
HOST: Invariably people ask after tragedies like this, how could God let this happen?
HUCKABEE: Well you know, it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there’s violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have 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 gonna be accountable to the police of they catch us, but one day we stand before a holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that. And I sometimes, when people say, why did God let it happen, God wasn’t armed, he didn’t go to the school… maybe we ought to let him 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.
It’s actually quite radical what Huckabee just proposed. He didn’t propose just having prayer in America’s public school system, but apparently now government employees in public schools are supposed to teach your kids responsibility and accountability by letting them know that they’re going to have to face God after they die, so they’d better do their homework and not shoot up the entire class.
Conservatives, who are always preaching about the family, and about the evils of big government, now say it’s the government’s job to teach your kids responsibility and accountability – for starters – but the schools are supposed to do it religiously.
How exactly would that work? Would first grade teachers have to go the seminary? Should the government test teachers on whether they have the “right” religious knowledge – that’d be interesting. And what do teachers do if the class contains some Mormons, some Baptists, some Catholics, and some Muslims? I mean, the Baptists think the Catholics are (literally) Satan-worshippers. So what if the teacher’s a Catholic – are the Baptists going to be put up with that? Doubtful. Or even better, what if the teacher’s a Muslim – can you imagine the Fox News Huckabees of the world, Michele Bachmann among them, accepting a Muslim teaching our “Christian” kindergartners about the one true God? Holy creeping Sharia, Batman! Never gonna happen.
Here’s a crazy idea: How about their parents teach them all of that?
It almost sounds like Huckabee is saying that those children, or at least their parents, deserved it, or at the very least he absolutely seems to be saying that the elementary school itself, and the local school district, and through them the parents who run the school system, brought this tragedy on themselves by kicking God out of the school. Let me quote that again:
We ask why there’s violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have become a place of carnage?
Yes, Mr. Huckabee, we should be surprised when someone shoots 20 of our kids dead in elementary school. We shouldn’t nod knowingly and suggest that either God got even with those mostly-five-to-ten-year-olds for their local school board not appointing the local kindergarten teacher as minister, or at the very least, the parents brought this on themselves, and thus are to blame for their own kids getting mowed down by a fan of the Second Amendment.
You’ll notice one “God” missing from Huckabee’s comments, that would be his gun God. That God never needs to be more responsible and accountable. And as a result, children will keep dying.