by Max Brantley
Guess what folks? Huckabee and Fischer are not alone. There are millions of evangelicals who believe the same thing. This is not heartless. It’s based on the biblical principle of reaping and sowing. Not that these little children sowed anything but are our schools left unprotected because of the past actions of our nation when it comes to removing God from our public schools?
The conversation is now all about banning guns but should the conversation really be about allowing God back into public schools? Food for thought. It's a discussion worth having.
Makes sense, right? An angry God oversaw the point blank execution of 20 6- and 7-year-old children as a symbolic protest of the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment. (Presumably in between deciding basketball game winners and other stuff based on the religiosity of the supplicants)
One sample of the side not so impressed by Huckabee's news analysis, from the America Blog:
... It almost sounds like Huckabee is saying that those children, or at least their parents, deserved it, or at the very least he absolutely seems to be saying that the elementary school itself, and the local school district, and through them the parents who run the school system, brought this tragedy on themselves by kicking God out of the school.
... You’ll notice one “God” missing from Huckabee’s comments, that would be his gun God. That God never needs to be more responsible and accountable. And as a result, children will keep dying.
NOTED: Arkansas right-wing Sen. Missy Irvin this afternoon retweeted this post:
Forget gun control. Im advocating for prayer in school!
But answer me this, Sen. Irvin: Is lack of school prayer the explanation for the gunman who just shot up an Alabama hospital?
A wise Twitterer also recommends Goggling "shooting" and "church" if you want a quick feel for how efficacious in-house prayer is in discouraging gun violence on such premises.
ALSO: Adam Gopnik's blast of the gun nuts is worth reading.
Closer to home, Republican Rep. Justin Harris continues to do his part by injecting all the religion he can into his state-financed pre-school center in West Fork, despite efforts to restrict proselytizing at the facility. Here's a picture of his school sign today.