This is what former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said on his FOX News show tonight while covering the tragic mass shooting incident in Aurora, Colorado:
"We don't have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. 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."
And here is my response:
Dear Mr. Mike Huckabee,
It comes as no surprise to me that you are blaming the "ordered" absence of god in "schools, and communities, the military and public conversations" on the horrific mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Just last September, according to polling firm Public Policy Polling, one in three New Jersey conservatives thought President Obama was or may have been the anti-Christ. So, you're feeding the extremist flames of your party.
But unfortunately, the statements you made on your show were baseless. The reason for our gun violence is absolutely not because of god being forced out of our schools, communities, military and public conversations. First off, when was god forced out of our communities? Our entire population has the basic right to practice a religion of their choice. It's one of many freedoms existing in our country. When was god forced out of our military? The following comes from paragraph 3.1 of "Accommodation of Religious Practices Within the Military Services" from the Department of Defense.
"A basic principle of our nation is free exercise of religion. The Department of Defense places a high value on the rights of members of the Armed Forces to observe the tenets of their respective religions."
That doesn't really reflect your idea of "ordered" absence of god, does it?
The argument that god has been forced out of schools isn't factual either. There are many different religions that are practiced throughout our country, and children can practice them freely. But, no particular higher being is taught in our public schools to respect our citizens' rights for freedom of religion.
You speak of god as in we all have one god. This may be news to you, but your god may not be the same as someone else's god. Like I've already said, Americans have the freedom to practice any religion of their choice.
And, what makes your god the answer to aggression, hatred and violence in our country, or any god for that matter? The tragic shooting at the midnight showing of "The Dark Night Rises" didn't occur because James Holmes was affected by an ordered absence of god in his life. The true catalyst of the mass shooting was the availability of guns. James Holmes, the name that you won't say on radio or television, bought four guns legally and thousands bullets. Your party has forever praised the gun. You have fought for weak gun regulation through and through. This is why the shooting happened in a state where thirteen years ago, two teenagers shot many at Columbine High School. I will admit, Democrats haven't been hard on gun violence at all throughout the past few years. But, can you blame them? They might get shot.