understands why the Sandy Hook school shooting occurred:
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee attributed the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in part to restrictions on school prayer and religious materials in the classroom.
"We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools," Huckabee said on Fox News, discussing the murder spree that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, CT that morning. "Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?"
Law enforcement has released few details on the alleged gunman, but Huckabee suggested that the separation of church and state may have spurred his rampage.
"[W]e'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 be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before, you know, a holy God in judgment," Huckabee said. "If we don't believe that, then we don't fear that."
By this logic, schools in the U.K., France, Belgium, Germany and lots of other places ought to be daily bloodbaths. Atheists are far more plentiful in other western countries, and education is a strictly secular business. Some have even suggested that we ought to label Europe a "post Christian" civilization.
So where's the carnage in European schools, Mike? You have offered us a simple equation: Godless schools = Gore galore
. Care to explain why we don't see daily murders in the schoolyards of Paris and London?
(If you ever get the face-to-face opportunity to ask that question of some fundamentalist offering a Huckabee-esque exercise in logic, expect said fundamentalist to switch the subject with a speed reminiscent of Superman on meth.)