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Mike Huckabee Clarifies Remarks About Linking Connecticut School Shooting To Lack of God In Schools [Video]

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Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and current Fox News host, got a lot of grief for his comments about possibly linking the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting to a lack of God and religion in public schools.

Huckabee sought to clarify his remarks last night, and he found an unlikely ally — the very liberal Geraldo Rivera:

On his FNC show, Huckabee responded to his critics (see video below) by insisting that he never claimed that prayer in school would have prevented the horrific tragedy in Newtown. He also noted in passing President Obama invoked God and quoted the bible in his statement to the nation.

In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, Huckabee said in part that his critics were jumping to conclusions about what he said:

“It’s far more than taking prayer or bible reading out of the school … we’re asked where was God [in this tragedy] … we’ve escorted [God] right out of our culture and marched him off the public square … and then we express our surprise that a culture without him actually reflects what it has become.”

Huckabee added that new laws may not be necessary if we start observing the “thou shall not kill” commandment.

Reporting from outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Geraldo Rivera said that after hearing Huckabee’s comments, he wanted to give the former governor “electronically a big embrace.” Rivera added the following in support of Huckabee:

“This crime, this atrocity was a Godless act …the perpetrator in every way was the the devil incarnate here on earth. He was the agent of the apocalypse … it is impossible for me to miss the point that were if this was a faith-based young man, he couldn’t possibly have perpetrated that evil.”

The last thing we should be doing at this time is either politicizing or “religiousizing” an atrocity of this magnitude. Putting aide your opinion of Huckabee pro or con, even if you are a secular-oriented person, as many are, is it that unreasonable to believe that religion or spiritually in general can be a positive force?

Separately, if new regulations are in play, shouldn’t be we also considering the way physicians hand out psychotropic drugs? As Mike Adams, the self-named Health Ranger, writes at Natural News:

“Nearly every mass shooting that has taken place in America over the last two decades has a link to psychiatric medication, and it appears [Friday’s] tragic event is headed in the same direction.”

Watch Mike Huckabee’s response about God in school in relation to the Newtown tragedy and decide for yourself if his views and — those of Geraldo Rivera — have merit:

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29 Responses to “Mike Huckabee Clarifies Remarks About Linking Connecticut School Shooting To Lack of God In Schools [Video]”

  1. Anonymous

    Great combination here. Thanks, Geraldo, for helping another windbag take a step back to "explain" what he REALLY meant after the public reaction is so different from what he expected. Will either be on the line with Westboro Baptist "Church" members when their comforting road trip hits town?

  2. Beneeh Perez-Villanueva

    Growing up knpwing that there is always God to guide and help us will surely minimized these incidents, but anyone who can obtain guns like obtaining a gun from any store is crazy, lastly we all become so materialistic now, totally materialiastic, we edify sex, drugs and alcokohol.

  3. Leigh Anne

    What if one reason for the shootings is that some (but not all thankfully) Christians have systematically removed the teachings of Jesus from Christianity. They focus SO much on spreading teachings ABOUT Jesus that they frequently ignore the teachings OF the Master himself. Teachings to feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit those imprisoned AND heal the sick. This young man was sick, mentally ill….and fell through the cracks. maybe Mike
    Huckabee needs to work on reforming Christianity before he tries to put it into our schools.

  4. Tom 'Papa' Ray

    So, Preacher Huckabee—-if God Is Everywhere, how could any mere human remove him from schools? More self-serving blather from a professional bible-beater.

  5. Rick Mueller

    Geraldo asserts, "it is impossible for me to miss the point that were if this was a faith-based young man, he couldn’t possibly have perpetrated that evil."

    Typical know-nothing remark. From what we know about Lanza – which at this point is practically nothing – there is no reason to assert that he wasn't a "faith-based young man". Some mentally ill people are very religious, pray, attend church, and have the same faith as Geraldo and Huckabee profess. Mental illness and high tech weaponry can be a lethal mix. We Americans should just get used to these tragedies, be sorrowful when it happens somewhere else and hope that it doesn't strike close to ourselves.

  6. Patrick Frye

    When I heard Mike Huckabee talk the first time I interpreted what he was saying to mean what he now says he intended. At the same time many other people I knew had a bad reaction to the first statement, interpreting it in a completely different way. Not sure what to make of this example of how people perceive things differently when hearing the same words.

  7. George Freeman

    I agree with you Leigh Ann. I was baptized, studied the bible practiced what it said. However I had a stronger calling to my Native American Indian ways (spirituality). I still address Brother Jesus as he is my brother thru the trinity of God. I think Huckabee is a looney tunes as such was the late Devil's son Neo Con Reverend Jerry Falwell who would forgive transgessions of perps like Herr Newt Gingrich and other GOP that were straying from their wifes. Especially the ones who demonized Willy Clinton for getting some relief (high-pressure) on Monica Lewdinski's dress.. The shooter of kids was a whack job…
    Real Christian's have faith and more important serenity in their lives be they rich or poor.

  8. Bob Moyers

    I watched Huckabee on fox news, and was appalled at his complete lack of compassion for the families of those 20 children. Where is his humanity? How can Huckabee possibly try to score political points in this case? I am afraid that we are seeing the true face of religious conservatism, and it is most certainly a wicked thing to see.

  9. Anonymous

    how convenient that EVERYBODY MISSED THE FACT THAT GOD DID NOT PROTECT THE INNOCENT HERE. (what a surprise).
    more fantasy in reality does not help anything.

  10. Joseph Niebank

    i`am not going to attack huckabee because it`s exactly what he feeds on. obama has heavy a heart as does the world.he should take the hint and keep his opinions to himself. the world needs to unify as one and put these victims to their rest and move forward with a heartfelt commitment free of both religous and political ties.

  11. Ryan Patrick McAvoy

    God never was, and never will be, some super hero who protects every person in the world from any harm. He gave us all free will to do what we decide, in order to test and judge which of us are truly worthy to enter his Kingdom of Heaven. He sent Jesus on this planet to actually HELP those who felt abandoned by God in times like this by having a human son explain his teachings, and to show us how to be the best people we can be in order to enter that Kingdom. What we do with it is up to us.

  12. Anonymous

    The problem with Huckabee is that the shooter in Sandy Hook went to a catholic school. So maybe the cause was god was in the school, right?

  13. Julia A. Lavalette

    Thats the truth people! Are you hearing his words of truth?

  14. Dawn NappyDju Douglas

    It's this very kind of vitriol attack to Mike Huckabee's assertion that our culture has uninvited God to be a part of our collective conscience that allows the evil of this world to wash over us like an uncontrollable wave. Edmund Burke, quoting what was actually already declared in the book of Genesis, said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." For those who would point a finger at Mike Huckabee and call his comments dispassionate, they would have to completely ignored the entire content of his response. There isn't a person alive with a heartbeat and a sound mind, that is not heartbroken over this tragedy. To point to a man of faith and question his humanity while He is trying to implore the nation to return to God is asinine. To point to Mike Huckabee and make him responsible for reforming the church is even more ridiculous. People live out their faith as free moral agents. Whether a Christian, Jew, Muslim or whatever, YOU chose how your belief will translate into action. It's not the church's collective responsibility to control the actions of its parishners…so if a Christian is selfish, wordly, greedy, corrupt…there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with Christianity, but there is something seriously wrong with that person confessing to be a follower of Christ. The Bible says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God…" All Mike Huckabee is saying is that a nation that tries in every way to push God out of its conscience by doing everything from trying to remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance, removing the Ten Commandments public buildings, banning prayer in school, etc… cannot in the same breathe ask, "Where is God?" when tragedy strikes a nerve at the national level…. 9/11, Mall Shootings, School Rampages…But, even if we ask with that sense of irony, God does not have His arms crossed, refusing to come to our aid and comfort whether we invite Him or not. We can always find grace in every tragedy and all those children, who God blessed their parents to conceive, are with Him in heaven now, far better than this place where evil lives in the hearts of men.

  15. Producto Endorsair

    Americans are far more religious than Europeans. Is that why we have so many more nut cases shooting up kids? In fact, isn't it religion that caused this shooting? Ok, wait. That sounds a little crazy. I guess I didn't mean it.

  16. Lin Frank

    I got a question for you MIke, what about the supposedly faith based individual who bombs an abortion clinic and kills innocent people. Is he the devil incarnate too? Just shut up for a change. I'm tired of hearing you speak. Silence truely is golden, Don't be "swift to give an answer",,, yeh read your Bible.

  17. Kevin Hewston

    Mike Huckabee has amnesia, as well as everyone who somehow defend him still today.

    He indeed linked the shooting to a lack of God in schools when he said on Fox (12/14): "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 become a place of carnage because we've made it a place where we don't want to talk about eternity…that we're not just going to have to be accountable to the police if they catch us, but, one day, we stand before a holy God in judgement. If we don't believe that, we don't fear that."

    It's not that we don't necessarily fear that, but we are not teaching just Christians. We need to wake up to reality. School is for EVERYONE, religious or not. In this way, God has not been removed, since God has no place in school to begin with, but has taken a back seat to the things we are supposed to teach in school to ensure a quality education for ALL!

  18. Kevin Hewston

    And what about separation of church and state? If Huckabee wants religion in schools, he should go/ preach to Catholic schools. That's the great thing about America–freedom of choice!

  19. Kevin Hewston

    God has no place in school to begin with–assumes that: (a) the school is PUBLIC and (b) Separation of church and state, GUARANTEED by our Constitution, for said school.

  20. PJ Brennan

    He never apologized for blaming people who do not believe in his faith for this terrible act. He was saying none believers are the guilty ones for leading this country down this road. That is pretty messed up to do. The UK has more Atheist then the US, yet they don't have these shootings near as often as us.

  21. Anonymous

    So Huckabee wants a killer to observe the thou shall not kill commandment. Freggin genius this guy….. No wonder why this ahole isn't in politics anymore because no one wants him there.

  22. Jeremy Carson

    What a rude comment. We cannot remove him as he is everywhere. We try to remove him and limit his involvement in our schools and lives. Big difference…