Huckabee: Lack of religion in classroom leads to violence in schools
December 15th, 2012
01:36 PM ET
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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."

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"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."

Huckabee made similar comments following the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, earlier this year saying violent acts should not be a surprise considering the removal of religion from public forums.

"We don't have a crime problem, or a gun problem, or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem," he said after the July shooting on Fox News. "And since we've ordered God out of our schools and communities; the military and public conversations... we really shouldn't act so surprised when all hell breaks loose."

Friday morning a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and opened fire killing 20 students and six adults before apparently killing himself. The tragedy has intensified the debate over gun laws in the U.S.

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  1. Ryan F.

    What a completely insane argument.

    You want GOD back in the classroom? I'm all for it, but teach Hinduism, Buddhaism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam to EVERY kids, oh and atheism too while we at it. I'm tired of old, crazy, white, christians talking about lack of GOD in public, the schools, the military, whatever. You don't mean god, you mean YOUR God and YOUR beliefs. What about the millions upon millions of non-christians in this country, do they get represented? Of course not.

    December 15, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Lance D.

    Can any Obama loyalist be called a "saint"? - Can any media pundant who debates to defend an Obama loyalist be called a "saint"? Perhaps in the "Evil Scriptures."

    December 15, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Lance D.

    The evil do not feel accountable - sound familiar?

    December 15, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Jerubbaal

    As a true believer in Christ, I can concur with your statement that there needs to be an element of God in the schools. The one thing that we cannot do is force our beliefs onto the population. We are a free society with a separation of church and state, render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. God has blessed us all with a free will, some to believe and some to not. We cannot advocate mandatory compliance and must show tolerance towards others belief, for we all are to be judged by One. Finally, gun controls do work, all one needs for proof is to look at the murder rate per capita of the US and those industrialized countries who have stringent gun control laws. The 9000 murdered by guns in the US is thousands more than those with a real and credible gun control positions.

    December 15, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. BK

    Yeah, that's why theocracies have no violence.

    December 15, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Indy

    What made your son torture that poor dog Huck? Was it a lack of parenting skills on your part, or perhaps too much time spent in your church listening to you talk about "Hell Fire & Brimstone". Your kid is a good candidate for an out of control crazed gun nut like the Lanza kid.

    December 15, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Lance D.

    Sinners elect sinners into office?

    December 15, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Jeremy Harrison

    Is this guy serious? So, where there is religion and pray, there is no violence? Crusades? Protestant reframation? Salem witch trials? Hitler? The WHOLE middle east? Need I go on? More people have died in the name of a god then any other reason. Some people are evil. That is the bottom line! There is no reason for this tragedy!

    December 15, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. retief1954

    Nonsense. This society is drenched in religiosity, churches are EVERYWHERE, and even presidential candidates now have to prove they are "people of faith" in order to gain any support. Huckabee is just engaging in wishful thinking. Having all the students say a prayer at the beginning of school every day, or swearing their allegiance to God, would not make one whit of difference and would not have prevented this event. Sorry, that's just the way it is in America. Huckabee and his ilk ought to stop constantly trying to push their faith into all public spheres of life.

    December 15, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Jeremy Harrison


    December 15, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. ham12

    Wow, what a stupid conclusion to make. Plus has he ever heard of the separation of church and state? This guy ran for president – what is even scarier is people voted for him in the primaries.

    December 15, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Joe

    What about movie theatre's?? It's shocking to me that innocent children are slaughtered while monsters like this cancer are allowed to roam this planet. His logic only makes sense to those on the far right. Each time I hear evil speech from tools like Huckabee, I thank God that He gave us four more years of President Obama.

    December 15, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Nonsense–this guy is a JOKER. It is not religion–it is GUN-BAN NEEDED. I bet these guys are bribed by NRA guys.

    December 15, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Tamara

    I agree with his statement Huckabee is right about taking religion out of schools and God our country is based on In God we trust and to take this away is morally wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. John the Historian

    When will the Christian Right support gun control. The NRA doesn't even want background checks. Who would Jesus shot ? Like always the Christian Right is neither.

    December 15, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Kishore

    Huckabee is dead wrong. It is lack of religion, love, caring, parental guidance, and peace at HOME that leads to violence. Character builds at home.

    December 15, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. xmatman

    I'd love to hear what he has to say about violence in churches.

    December 15, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. ksmary

    I wonder if he is willing to advocate for more Islamic teaching in our schools. Seems to me whenever a group of Muslims want to open a new Mosque or learning center there is a whole lot of resistance on the premise it will increase danger and violence in the community.

    December 15, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. NameS.R. Stern

    What a nut case. School prayer would not stop mentally unbalanced. Ban alL automatic repeating weapons. We did not have them when. Consitution was written. Single shot rifles fine for sport hunting.

    December 15, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. BR

    this statement and people like huckabee are what is wrong with america... end of story

    December 15, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    More people have been murdered in the name of religion-brainwashing our children in public schools is not the answer.

    December 15, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Maybe the reason Mississippi was hit so hard was because the former governor sold out his religion for all the gold that fox bought him for.

    December 15, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Jay Dee

    You got your own TV show now and left politics because the money was better. Now you want to run a bully pulpit for the GOP for the people of your state, while you laugh all the way to the bank.

    "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.

    That's the entire reason why religion was created, to instill fear amongst the minions, to create a conscience, to keep the followers at bay. Over 300 religions are taught in the world. Which ONE should we teach in the schools? Yours? Is yours the only right one? You left government to better serve the people, or so you say. That tells me you didn't serve them right as a governor. Fact is; television pays a hell of a lot more money. Enjoy the show!

    December 15, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Facts don't Lie

    I believe in God and have read the you realize how VIOLENT many stories in the Good Book are? Rev Huckabee please tell me how can explain to very young children or even older ones how a just God could allow such a thing to happen? I don't think having more religion in school can prevent such things from happening sorry to say.

    December 15, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Mario

    religion + weapons = holy wars + hate, it's far easier, logically sound, and less of an infringement of our rights to get rid of the weapons (and the religion). You know, the "separation of church and state"...for weapons, the "right to bear arms" for the purpose of a *well-regulated militia*...not "just because we can have guns then we have the right".

    December 15, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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