Mike Huckabee said on Fox News today that "we’ve systematically removed God from our schools" which somehow caused the fatal shootings of 20 children and 8 adults at an elementary school in Newport, Connecticut (video below), reports ThinkProgress.org.
Huckabee was referencing Supreme Court decisions that do not allow teachers or school administrators to lead prayers in public schools.
Huckabee said: "Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. 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 would become 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 going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand before a Holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that."
Speaking on his radio show today, American Family Association Executive Director Bryan Fischer also blamed the shooting on the lack of prayer in public schools (video below), reports RightWingWatch.org.
Fischer said: "You know the question’s gonna come up, where was God I thought God cared about the little children, God protected the little children. Where was God when all this went down? And here’s the bottom line: God is not gonna go where he’s not wanted. Now we have spent, since 1962, this, we’re 50 years into this now, we have spent 50 years telling God to get lost."
"Telling God, we do not want you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you before football games, we don’t want to pray to you at graduation, we don’t want anyone talking about you in a graduation speech.”
“We’ve kicked God out of our public school system. And I think God would say to us, ‘Hey I’ll be glad to protect your children, but you’ve gotta invite me back into your world first. I’m not gonna go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentleman.’”