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Dear Reverend Huckabee

December 18, 2012

You stated publicly “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools, Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”

Seriously?

Seriously.

Look Reverend, I understand.  I too felt rage and horror at this senseless act.  I too want to make sense of it, to figure out a reason for it, to somehow fit into my world view the fact that some horrible, horrible person could walk into a school, murder 20 children between the ages of six and seven, along with six adults, and balance that out with some sort of justification for why the world is the way it is, and all the beauty I see in it can be marred and stained by such a huge tragedy.

If you only went that far, I would be willing to cut you some slack.  The heat of the moment, the shock, the grief, all that.

But you went on, didn’t you?

Didn’t you?

“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.”

It is here, Reverend Huckabee, that you go  completely off the rails.  Let me spell out for you where you are going wrong with the above statement

  1. “We don’t have a crime problem” – murdering people is a crime.  Murdering 20 children and six adults is twenty-six crimes.  An incident where twenty-six people are murdered IS A PROBLEM!  The only reason that it doesn’t seem like much of a problem to you is because  almost 13,000 people were killed in the United States last year, making this single little murder spree virtually inconsequential in terms of the murder rate.  If this were Australia or Sweden or France where the murder rate is less than 1/4 of ours, the entire nation would be screaming about it.
  2. “…we don’t have a gun problem…”  That’s just stupid political bullshit.  We DO have a gun problem.  Lots and lots of people are being killed using firearms in this country.  People who really shouldn’t have guns have them.  That’s a problem.
  3. “…or even a violence problem.”  Each year over 3x as many and sometimes 4x as many people are killed via homicides as were killed in the attacks on September 11th.  Did you think that the attacks on September 11th were a problem?
  4. “What we have is a sin problem.”  Now you aren’t even trying.

Reverend, are you seriously, honestly, going to go on television and inform viewers that these people were killed because God couldn’t go into the school to save them?  Then perhaps maybe God should have STOPPED THE KILLER BEFORE HE GOT THERE!  Or is God not allowed on roads, sidewalks, grocery stores, or gas stations either?  Where precisely, Reverend, IS God allowed?  In the last 11 years there have been 18 church shootings in the US, so God apparently isn’t there either.

(As a side note, do you find it a bit ironic that you are making statements like “And since we’ve ordered God out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations” while being interviewed as a guest on one of the most widely watched broadcast channels in the United States?  Well I do.)

Reverend Huckabee, this is not an argument.  This is not theology.  This is not an attempt to guide your flock or educate people about your religious beliefs or teach people how to be closer to God or comfort those who are in pain due to trauma or lost loved ones.

THIS Reverend Huckabee is nothing more than a naked grab for attention, an opportunity to bloviate, a chance for you to toot your own horn, make some headlines, and smear people who had absolutely nothing to do with this, but with whom you do not agree politically with the blood of murdered children, which you have metaphorically scooped up in your hands and gleefully flung about on national television in an act of self-aggrandizement for yourself and character assassination against those who have beliefs different from yours.

This was contemptible, and you fully deserve to be torn to pieces by bears because of it.

This installment of Two She Bears is brought to you by Exodus 20:16.

Not gravid FEMINIST bears!!!! Have mercy!

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