The commentary from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee would have been laughable if it wasn’t so patently stupid. If you’re not privy to his take on the tragedy in Connecticut I’ll include it here for your reading pleasure:
“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, and accountability?”
Call me naïve but I thought there was this novel concept of a separation of church and state. I send my child to public school for the purposes of procuring an education, not for a theology lesson. As a parent it is MY job to instill, teach, equip and steer him into his own experience with God, not the school system. Besides, isn’t that what parochial schools are for?
How would teachers be equipped to teach about issues of faith in the classroom, I would be inclined to think that common sense would dictate that they have a degree in theology as well?
And would the people who are equipped to lead in matters of faith (the clergy) be offended that the school system is moving in on their turf? Maybe I missed something but, that I thought the purpose of Sunday was for church and fellowship with God… And football, right?
There is a host of reasons to explain why this person did what he did… Mental illness for one, but not allowing prayer in school is definitely not one of them. For the sake of fairness, if there was to be prayer in school there would have to be accommodations made for the children who happen to be Muslim, Buddhist, Taoists, Hindu and etc; I’m guessing that this would mean a longer school day…
Besides, whenever I hear some politicians make reference to religion, God and the like I can’t help but to roll my eyes because if they are successful politician (I can’t help but to mumble hypocrite under my breath) the odds that they have done something that something “naughty” is extremely high and those aforementioned acts of naughtiness probably pale in comparison to anything that the average layperson has done.