Mike Huckabee: Newtown Shooting No Surprise, We’ve ‘Systematically Removed God’ From Schools

December 15, 2012

He is my former governor. I have interviewed Mike Huckabee and spoken with him personally and privately. It is my opinion that he is a well-intentioned, often misinformed politician with the heart of a great pastor. Huckabee is well-known for his support of Mexican immigrants and other occasional lapses into sanity which has gotten him crosswise with the elites of public power. When Mike Huckabee is wrong, and that is frequent due to his insatiable need for publicity, he is really wrong. Here is part of what he had to say about the Connecticut school shooting, and a link.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) weighed in on the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, saying the crime was no surprise because we have “systematically removed God” from public schools.

“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”

This line of reasoning isn’t new for Huckabee.

Speaking about a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. over the summer, the former GOP presidential candidate claimed that such violent episodes were a function of a nation suffering from the removal of religion from the public sphere.

Mike Huckabee: Newtown Shooting No Surprise, We’ve ‘Systematically Removed God’ From Schools.

This is a strange position for a man who represents people who are so committed to home schooling. Now, don’t get me wrong. I do not have any children, but if I did they would be educated at home and learn real history, real literature, real religion and have exposure to a reliable source of real science. Since Huckabee seems to already think the eduction establishment is a bunch of dim wits and incompetents, why would he entrust religious training into such unstable hands?

Huckabee knows that just about nobody has the guts to confront him publicly on it, and if they did, his Cumulus radio handlers would shuffle the offending parties out of the way.There is a certain insulated mind that cannot imagine that every town everywhere (except the Godless blue states) are Christians of exactly its own Evangelical breed. Forget about Mormons or Roman Catholics and absolutely ignore Muslims. All decent people hold my exact religious viewpoints and we ought to run the show.

Those of us from the prayer book tradition understand that when we raise our voices to the Almighty it is either as a member of God’s household, the church (common prayer), or as individuals. For Anglicans, the Book of Common Prayer forms our habits of meditation, bible reading, and private prayer. This is a type of spiritual practice that is absolutely counter to the prevailing culture. I would never seek to impose this on anybody and would appreciate having my religious practices respected.

Again, don’t get me wrong. One of the reasons I would not send my children to a public school is the possibility of religious indoctrination at the hands of heretics. Children do grow up and make their own theological choices. Before that happens, parents are correct when they try to get a fair hearing for their own viewpoint. Huckabee can not see the danger in his own plan. If fundamentalists get to impose religious thought in public school today, it will be Roman Catholics tomorrow, Mormons the next day, and Muslims after that. Since children must by law be educated, and since parents chose to send them to public school in accordance with that law, everybody will be completely stuck when the Satanists get to dictate what prayers are said. Unlikely? Not if they get elected to the school board by lying.

God has not been kicked out of school, or anyplace else for that matter. God, the Triune God of the Bible, is everywhere. He is here with me now, in every classroom and corporate executive’s office. He is everywhere and knows everything. The Godhead, just to clarify, is not male or female. God created the world and cares about everything in it. He really answers prayer and he wants his followers to make the moral choices that demonstrate the superiority of the kingdom of God over the kingdoms of this world.

Mike Huckabee has one thing right. God’s way and word are being marginalized in the arena of public thought. What are normal people supposed to think when Christianity is represented by such mean, narrow and power-hungry people? Christians are losing the “culture war,” and we deserve to be defeated when the best that can be presented is a hateful and materialistic approach that is nearly impossible to distinguish from the harsh selfishness of modern life.

Christians are hard pressed to present a gospel that is, at least in part, a critique of human institutions, when they have sold out to those same powers. We are called to be salt and light, but too many American followers of Jesus Christ are neither. That is why God, and the Good News brought by the Son, are so frequently excluded.

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3 Responses to “Mike Huckabee: Newtown Shooting No Surprise, We’ve ‘Systematically Removed God’ From Schools”


  1. From what I understand of Mike Huckabee’s sect, Southern Baptist theologians believe (and are reluctant to admit, these days) that the murdered children who were not inculcated with the “proper faith” have been ushered into the eternal fires of Hell.

    Am I incorrect?

  2. patlynch Says:

    Jim, your analysis seems to lack charity and is not very useful, unless your intention was to cast a group of Christians in the worst possible light. I have heard a number of absurd comments that deliberately distort the religious views of others to suggest that the murdered children “had it coming.” I do not think that has been suggested, however, by any reputable source.


  3. I’m sympathetic to your points, Pat. Especially on the silliness of the thought that an omnipresent God is somehow no longer in our schools.

    Huckabee’s remarks display a combination of two dogmas of simpleminded Evangelicalism: 1. That God is localized, being more or less present in buildings, be it a church or school or whatever. 2. That tragedy, affliction, misfortune, etc. are somehow the result of God’s judgement for sin.

    Both dogmas, I think, are anathema to the New Testament.


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