Why do you allow so much violence in our schools?
A Concerned Student
Dear Concerned Student,
I’m not allowed in schools.
Did anyone else see this ridiculousness that was floating around the Internet yesterday? I only have one Facebook friend that would post something so stupid, but apparently it’s been quite popular all weekend.
What exactly does this mean? There is a God, but his feelings are hurt because we don’t pray in schools? So he just sat idly by thinking, “Geez, I wish I could go in there and help.” If you believe in an all-knowing, benevolent being – well, than he’s all knowing and benevolent, right? I’m confused.
It’s not surprising that I am confused and annoyed, because the poster boy for the We’ve-Removed-God-From-Schools-This-Is-Our-Fault-Campaign is Mike Huckabee. You may remember him as the outspoken pro-life former Republican governor of Arkansas and avid Chick-fil-A supporter. Talking Points Memo reports:
“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?”
“[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.”
Hmm. Apart from his words being totally inappropriate, disrespectful, and wrong – I am going to argue that schools definitely are a place that teach “responsibility” and “accountability,” even if they manage to do it without the looming fear of burning in hell. Anyway, if Huckabee is such a good Christian, shouldn’t he just be offering condolences and comfort, rather than blaming the separation of church and state for all of the ills that befall our country?
He ended his diatribe to Fox News with this little gem: ”Maybe we ought to let [God] in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up when it’s all said and done at the back end.”
Seriously? Don’t imply that your all-powerful “God” wouldn’t help these innocent, beautiful children because he is pissed about a detail of our constitution. That’s just gross.