by Larry Simons
December 17, 2012
Leave it to the crazies at FOX News to exploit the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in which a gunman killed 20 children on Friday, by suggesting that the reason why tragedies like this happen is because people just don't have God. Today on FOX and Friends, Mike Huckabee joined the three stooges [Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade] and went on a disgusting rant about why, in the wake of these shootings, it's time to turn to God.
Huckabee said, "I think it's a common human reaction when all of our human answers have failed. That's when we, maybe finally recognize that we really need God."
Really Mike? You mean, it's time we turn to the one almighty powerful being in the entire universe that could have actually intervened during the shooting and stopped it? This same god, the one who could have done anything [since he has unlimited power] to stop the shooter from even getting to the school? The one who could have made sure the shooter didn't wake up that day by striking him dead in his sleep? The one who could have made sure the shooter didn't get access to the guns by making them disappear by simply just saying the word? The one who could have made the car not start, disabling the shooter from driving to the school? You mean, that God Mike?
watch, if you must
Then Huckabee flip flops and says, "I’m not suggesting by any stretch that if we had prayer in schools regularly as we once did that this wouldn’t have happened...but, we’ve created an atmosphere in this country where they only time you want to invoke God’s name is after the tragedy.”
Ahhh, but wait a second Mike, that's not what you said on Friday. You directly blamed the fact that these tragedies in schools occur because prayer has been removed from schools. Shall I remind of you of your words just three days ago?
Huckabee said on Friday [just hours after the shooting, I might add]:
“We ask why there’s 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 do not 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 we stand one day before a holy God in judgment.”
watch Huckabee say this in utter disbelief
The above was Huckabee's response to Neil Cavuto asking, "How could God let this happen?" After citing the statement above, Huckabee says this, "When people say, ‘Why did god let it happen?’ You know, God wasn’t armed. He didn’t go to the school. But God will be there in the form of a lot people with hugs and therapy and a lot of ways in which he will be involved in the aftermath."
God may not have been armed Mike, but God sure as hell could have stopped it, since he is, ya know, as you believe, "all powerful". What's the use in being an all-powerful being if you can't intervene and prevent the deaths of 20 children who are being slaughtered in the most horrific way imaginable? And this is the entity you want to turn to? How mad could a person possibly be to turn to the one all-powerful being who had the ability to stop it? And what does that say for an "all-powerful" being that he allowed this massacre to happen while possessing the power in which to prevent it?
If Huckabee himself was about to be gunned down on the street and I witnessed the shooter approach him and I had the ability to prevent the murder and did not, would everyone around me turn to me for comfort? Would Huckabee's family approach me with open arms and put their trust and faith in me? If they are sane human beings, of course they would not. But for some strange demented reason, we are to do this to God after a tragedy? Can any sane person tell me why?
"God will be there in the form of a lot people with hugs and therapy and a lot of ways in which he will be involved in the aftermath"? Gee thanks God. Thanks for showing up now after the carnage is over. If you would have just showed up 2 hours earlier, there would be nothing and no one for you to "comfort" because there would be 20 children still alive.
Huckabee fails miserably to explain the direct connection between prayer being removed from schools and school shootings. Does Huckabee really expect anyone to believe that the deranged nutjobs who shoot up schools give a fuck that the public school system removed prayer?
In fact, Christians would have to be almost as deranged as the shooters themselves to believe that school shootings are the direct result of the removal of prayer from schools. Here is a short list of reasons why:
1. If Christians believe that school shootings in general is God's punishment for the removal of prayer, they would have to believe that God is both unjust and very cruel. Unjust for punishing the wrong party, for it is not the faculty, staff and students who removed prayer, but the Supreme Court. Cruel for the obvious reason. Why would a loving God send shooters into a school to kill children when they had nothing to do with the Supreme Court decision? Of course, it wouldn't be the first time God used an agent to slaughter children. Read 2 Kings 2:23-24.
2. If Christians believe that the shooter himself is unleashing his rampage upon the school because of the removal of prayer from schools, not only would that be ridiculous but since Christians like Mike Huckabee believe there is a direct connection between school shootings and the removal of prayer from schools, his ilk would have to believe that the shooters in these cases are acting as God's agent, therefore establishing a colossal contradiction in that God's agent is committing murder in order to inflict vengeance upon an entity that removed a biblical statute.
3. It would be more of an embarrassment for Christians to believe that school prayer would lead to an increase in morality, only to have a nut come inside and fire away. For what would their reaction be if school prayer was reinstated in schools and while during a prayer, another sick bastard entered the school with guns blazing and killed more teachers and students? Could atheists and agnostics then claim that it was prayer that motivated the shooting? If not, why? I think Christians should be pleased that prayer has been removed from schools. This way, it would be less problematic for them to explain to people why a group of teachers and students just got massacred right after they held hands while praying to God.
Going back to today's FOX and Friends segment, Huckabee then says, "...we’ve created an atmosphere in this country where they only time you want to invoke God’s name is after the tragedy." I agree Mike. My suggestion is that we do not invoke God's name ever, especially after a tragedy. After the tragedy is when it makes the least sense. God could have stopped it. He didn't. Why turn to him after that? Case closed.
Ironically, Huckabee's complaint that "we only invoke God's name after a tragedy" was hypocritical to say the least, for this was exactly what these four buffoons were doing during this segment!
A teary-eyed Gretchen Carlson then said, "It was so wonderful to know that if you are a person of faith, that you have a lot of questions why, but you have something to hold onto". Huh? What is this "something" she is referring to that people of faith hold onto? It should make the least sense to people of faith that 20 children were gunned down for no apparent reason. Why can't these religious buffoons just be honest and shout out loud, "There is no reason this happened! It makes no sense! I'm angry because God could have stopped this and he did not! Faith is meaningless!"
Huckabee then responds by saying something in which I still need a translator to understand. He says:
"I heard it once said Gretchen, and I think it's a very applicable statement. That, even if you're a believer, you still hit bottom, but at least you find out that it is solid at the bottom". Huh??? What in the fuck does that even mean? How can it be applicable when it has no meaning?
This segment was a combination of disbelief, insanity and disgust. Huckabee ended the segment by stating that there is no hope for anyone who doesn't believe in a life beyond this life. It was absolutely disgusting to watch these four shitheads turn this tragedy into a sermon and invoking God's name after a tragedy, after hypocritically criticizing those who invoke God's name after a tragedy.