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December 16, 2012

Huckabee's Critique Of Secular Education Another Example Of GOP Idiocy

The definition of the noun huckster Mike Huckabee

From Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock’s rape comments to Mike Huckabee’s remarks about the Newtown massacre - it’s just another day at the office for the GOP

As the people of Newtown, Connecticut continued to digest the mass murder and loss of 27 lives, Republican street preacher and Fox News huckster Mike Huckabee appeared on Neil Cavuto’s show to discuss the tragic events, as they were unfolding. The street preacher attributed the senseless killing of 27 innocents to the absence of religious instruction, or secularism, in our public schools. [emphasis my own]
Neil Cavuto: People will ask after tragedies like this, "How could God let this happen?"

Huckabee: Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. When we ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have become a place for 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 going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand in judgment before a holy God in judgement. If we don’t believe that, we don’t fear that.
The comments on their own are extremely offensive, arrogant, stupid and simplistic. And what places what he said in the OUTRAGEOUS category is his politicizing a national tragedy to promote his religious beliefs and his political agenda.

I should disclose that the former governor of Arkansas told The New York Times that I’m an “economic terrorist” because of my campaign to deprive right-wing extremist anti-gay groups of corporate financial support. I was honored that he spoke of me so lovingly, though I’m sorry that I can’t return the favor. In a nutshell he’s a WACKADOO of the worst order.

His comments are a continuation of what Republican candidates were saying throughout the election campaign cycle of 2012, and reflects the toxicity that ‘s infected the GOP and their brand. Huckabee made similar remarks after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. [emphasis my own]
"We don't have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since we've ordered god out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn't act so surprised... when all hell breaks loose."
Huckabee has a pretty big mouth, with a large pulpit and platform on Fox News as the host of the show Huckabee, as well as a daily radio show called The Mike Huckabee Show on Cumulus Media Networks.

Peter Wehner wrote an excellent column that was highly critical of Huckabee ‘s remarks, for the conservative leaning Commentary magazine.
If on the other hand Huckabee believes that removing God from our schools lifted His protection from 20 children and seven adults in Newtown, which resulted in their deaths, then he’s very confused theologically. For one thing, Huckabee is part of a faith that teaches that sometimes suffering and death are evidence of one’s devotion to God (see the fate of Jesus and almost every one of His disciples). For another, why would the victims be people who had nothing to do with the offenses that so upset Huckabee? And why would anyone link the attacks to “removing God from our schools” rather than indifference to the plight of the poor–a concern spoken about much more often in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament?
Governor Huckabee is using a heartbreaking and inexplicable mass killing to push his conservative social agenda. Now as it happens, I’m somewhat (though not entirely) sympathetic to the conservative social agenda. But to use this incident, even before the bodies were removed from the school, to argue that if only we had let God in “on the front end” we wouldn’t now need him “on the back end” borders on being grotesque. And it’s not the first time Huckabee has done this. He made similar comments in the aftermath of the mass killing in Aurora, Colorado. The psychologist Abraham Maslow once said that if you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. For Mike Huckabee, his hammer is removing God from school–and he tends to see every massacre as a nail
Screenshot of Cumulus Media Networks Huckabee Ad
A close look at Huckabee’s record as a presidential candidate and a political pundit and commentator reveals that he is constantly making gaffes and apologizing for what he says. He's made jokes about assassinating the president, has equated being LGBT with bestiality, and says that marriage equality is a "social experiment gone wrong."

The best weapon that the people have in combating Huckabee, is to demand that Fox News and Cumulus Media Networks take his platforms to offend us - away from him.

We are a country that champions choice in everything we do, and when you see Huckabee the Hound on TV, or hear his voice on the radio, change the channel or tune to another station.

Huckabee claims to be a man of the cloth, though his behavior is anything but religious. The man is a verbal terrorist who doesn’t add anything constructive to civil discourse, and he should really shut the hell up.

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