The separation of church and state led to the forfeit of God’s grace, according to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Conn. came as no shock to the Republican pundit and politician; it was simply the result of America having “systematically removed God” from public schools. The rise in violent crime and gun violence specifically isn’t the result of failing weapons laws and mental health care; it is the product of a spiritually shallow culture and sin, says Huckabee.
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said during a Fox News segment. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”
No motive has been determined in the shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Adam Lanza, 20, reportedly suffered from a personality disorder and was able to acquire three weapons to carry out the massacre of 20 children and six adults. Those weapons were purchased legally by Nancy Lanza, the killer’s mother, who was also found shot to death in her home. Huckabee’s refusual to acknowledge gun control issues were apparent after July’s shooting in Aurora, Colo.
“We don’t have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem,” Huckabee said after James Holmes shot and injured 70 people in a crowded movie theater. “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.”
If America’s culture is one that revels in sin, politicians like Huckabee should be the first to step forward with laws to curb degenerate behavior. Blaming the absence of God or calling upon him to save us from each other is no substitute for action.