Huckabee: Lack of religion in classroom leads to violence in schools
December 16th, 2012
09:56 AM ET

Huckabee: Lack of religion in classroom leads to violence in schools

(CNN) - Responding to the deadly mass shooting Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said new laws regulating guns won't deter such shootings, linking a lack of religious discussion in the classroom to increased violence in schools.

"We ask why there's violence in our school but we've systematically removed God from our schools," Huckabee said on Fox News. "Should we be so surprised that schools have become such 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 have to be accountable to the police if 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," he said.

"People are going to want to pass new laws," Huckabee continued. "This is a heart issue ... laws don't change this kind of thing."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Mike Huckabee • Politics • Schools

soundoff (805 Responses)
  1. Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    Mike Huckabee's message is no different than that of Westboro Baptist Church, he is preaching the hate of his god as much as they do.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  2. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    It is very fortunate that Huckabee never had a chance to gain higher office. What a complete ass.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Roger that

      Maybe he'll run again with Glenn Beck as his mate. They can call it the Huckabee/Beck race to Armageddon.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  3. Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    Basically he says this happens because we don't teach kids his god will burn you forever,

    December 16, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Roger that

      If Adam was a Christian then he won't burn forever. On the other hand, any of those innocent children that were not Christian will burn.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • before the bible

      Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I am sure they are enjoying the beer volcano and stri.pper factory in heaven, they were truly blessed.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  4. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Huckabee is a parasite that draws on our worst fears and our guilt over things we can't change or control. He is an evangelist, in other words.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • mama k

      Very true.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  5. Roger that

    It appears Adam had some mental health issues or as they used to say, he was a witch. If we put religion back into government then maybe these kinds of things can be fixed early on. With the help of informers, the government could have been notified about Adams high level of witchery and the government could have taken action by burning Adam at the stake preventing this tragedy. Huckabee is right. Religion is the answer to all of our problems.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Me

      Wait, actually Adam may actually have identified himself as one of god's angels and labeled the children as witches! he might still have gotten his way! Only with public support then!

      December 16, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Roger that


      Yes the whole religion/witchcraft/"God's talking inside my head" thing can get complicated, but it has to be better right?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  6. ?????????????

    God made him (huck) say that. Now turn it around and use GOD as a defense for crimes committed...
    What happens then?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • SImran

      Then Satan and free will join the party!

      December 16, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Damocles

      Yeah it is weird how believers are the first ones to decry anyone that says 'god made me do it'.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  7. Me

    Huckabee says – "We don't have a crime problem, or a gun problem, or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem"

    Is this guy nuts or what??? Please someone, just make sure he gets to see a psychiatrist soon.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  8. Roger that

    A Christian can always just ask for forgiveness and everything is a-ok with God. No one will fear the fake god if they know the fake god will forgive them.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  9. Ron

    If its the weapons fault in some way, then lets outlaw fertilizer. It killed 165 in Oklahoma city. Lets outlaw ariplanes. That killed 3,000 in NYC. Fact is that a couple of home made pipe bombs thrown onto a schoolyard would have done the same thing. What Huckabee was saying was that the real reason these things happen is a lack of morality (whether faith based or not) that creates the individual that commits this terrible crime. Was it the gun that fired itself?

    If you live in a place that is safe and comfortable, you may not need a weapon to protect yourself, thats your choice. So why would you want to take away someone elses ability who doesn't live on your block to do the same? These terrible things have and will unfortuneately occur occasionally. Where I live, the laws permit a principal to have a gun locked up in the school to protect the students if ever needed. That may be the only way to keep this from happening.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      You may be right, Ron. My state history teacher often talked about the 45 she kept in her hand bag. In fact, she talked about very little else besides that. I felt very safe knowing she had that gun.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  10. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    If "anyone" kicked the non-existent god(s) out of schools, it is the judicial system which is heavily dominated, all the way up to the Supreme Court, by believers. Atheists may have asked the hard questions but believers made the decisions.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  11. Rational Libertarian

    The logic of a retard.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • JWT

      Please don't insult people who may be medically retarded.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Huckabee clearly has some medical condition to make him so stupid. I can't see how somebody with a functioning brain would make such assertions, therefore I have to conclude that he is retarded.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  12. *frank*

    Dear Mr Huckabee:
    Please kill yourself.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  13. Jim S

    Huckabee is an idiot

    December 16, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  14. Moby Schtick

    I look forward to the day when I politician wouldn't dare say such a thing, whether he believes it or not, because his base would never stand for such ridiculous tripe.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  15. JJ

    Odd that the atheist countries of Scandanavia don't have these mass shootings like the Christian US has.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Ever heard of Anders Breivik?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • ever hear of statistics?

      sh!t troll

      December 16, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • JJ

      I knew some imbecile would bring up the one mass shooting in atheistic Norway.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      So I'm an imbecile for pointing out your fallacy? Fvck you.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Have there been mass shootings throughout Norway's history, RL? Throughout all of Scandinavia? Are there as many mass shootings in other secular countries?

      December 16, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I'm just pointing out the facts, and as mass shootings go, Breivik's takes the gold medal.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you're awarding a medal on what? The number of dead in a single incident? Wow.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I imagine the goal of mass killers is mass killing, therefore Breivik was clearly adept at it. Anyway, back to the original point, China is also a majority atheist country and they frequently have mass stabbings, with elementary schools usually being the prime target. I'm just saying that there must be deep rooted sociological and psychological problems which create mass killers. Atheist/Christian divisions have little if anything to do with it.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  16. AninoKRF

    Freedom of religion and separate of church and state means that the government cannot promote or choose one religion over another, Christianity is a religion. Nonviolence and Morality are not exclusive to Christianity or believing in God.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  17. Eric

    Is Huckabee's middle name "Eliphaz"? (cf. Job 42:7ff).

    December 16, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  18. Jeff

    To suggest that if God is absent from a person's heart, it's the job of a government school to implant it is the height of lunacy coming from a so-called Conservative. If the young man's problem was a lack of God, faith or religion of all things (an exceedingly dubious proposition) it was definitely NOT the job of the government to provide it. Even the Governor's cracked up explanation doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Exactly. Where, in Huckaboob's view, is the church in all of this? Why would the moron think the place to teach children about "eternal life" is in a friggin' PUBLIC SCHOOL? Children are in school for all of about 7 hours a day. I wonder when Huckabee last set foot in one to see what goes on there. He might as well be living on Mars, and we'd all be better off if he were.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  19. Sue

    Gun control is the answer. Religion, especially fundamentalist Christianity, has no answersn, and has nothing but evil and bigotry to offer.

    Huckabee is a fool and a has-been, and he is desperate for attention that he does not deserve.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  20. ReligionIsBS

    Why doesnt this type of thing ever happen in Canada, where god is even more unwelcome? I ve asked this question 30 times on other threads and christians refuse to answer it.

    December 16, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Sue

      ReligionIsBS, thank you so much for posting that comparision with Canada, which has an order of magnitude less gun violence than the US. I am so glad that yours is the first post. Hopefully many in the US will read it and learn.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • JJ

      Because they can't answer that question since it conflicts with their indoctrination and agenda to force a Christian theocracy upon the population.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • JWT

      It does happen in Canada just not as often.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Bet

      ReligionisBS please keep posting this. It will not convince the talibangelicals, but perhaps more mainstream christians have not had the opportunity to hear it. They certainly aren't hearing it from their churches.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • the AnViL

      while canada is our hat – with a fraction of our population/gdp/gnp – they are not strangers to gun violence in schools.


      December 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Sue

      JWT and AnVil, we are not claiming that gun violence does not happen, but rather that the incidence is vastly lower in Canada than in the US, while at the same time the degree of religiosity and the amount of religious indoctrination is less in schools in Canada than in the US. Do you contest those points?

      December 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
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