Mike Huckabee News


Dec 16 2012

My Fox Show Monologue

My Fox show monologue:

I’ve said some controversial things from time to time, but none which prompted such a backlash as when I stated that the horrific shooting in CT of school children and teachers couldn’t be blamed on God because we’ve systematically marginalized God out of our culture by removing Him from all aspects of the public square. The vicious attacks that have resulted, most of all of which are based on total ignorance of what I actually said have actually validated my point, but I’m quite certain that was not the intent of both the professional and amateur critics who have demanded everything from my being banned from ever speaking in public again, or wished me a slow and painful death. On that alone, I wish to acknowledge that the left has again shown that it defines tolerance and diversity as being tolerant only of that with which it agrees, and diverse only to include slight shades of the orthodoxy of liberalism to which they adhere. They abhor censorship of their own profanity, obscenities, or graphic violence, but are the first to demand that a voice that invokes the name of God to be silenced. A specific act of violence is rarely the result of a specific single act of a culture that prompts it. In other words, I would never say that simply taking prayer and Bible reading from our institutions or silencing Christmas carols is the direct cause of a mass murder. That would be ludicrous and simplistic. But the cause and effect we see in the dramatic changes of what our children are capable of is a part of a cultural shift from a God-centered culture to a self-centered culture. We have glorified uninhibited self-expression and individualism and are shocked that we have a generation of loners. We have insisted on a society where everyone gets a trophy and no one loses and act surprised that so many kids lack self-esteem and feel like losers. We dismiss the notion of natural law and the notion that there are moral absolutes and seemed amazed when some kids make it their own morality to kill innocent children. We diminish and even hold in contempt the natural family of a father and mother creating and then responsibly raising the next generation and then express dismay that kids feel no real connection to their families or even the concept of a family. We scoff at the need for mothers and fathers to make it their priority to train their children to be strong in spirit and soul and responsible for right and wrong and exalt instead the virtue of having things and providing expensive toys, games, and electronics that substitute for parenting and then don’t understand why our kids would rather have ear buds dangling from their ears, fingers attaching to a smart phone, and face attached to a computer screen than to have an extended conversation with their family at dinner. And we don’t teach them there is a Creator God who sets immutable rules, a God who is knowable, and to whom we are ultimately responsible. Instead we teach that God was not involved in our origins, that our very lives are biological happenstances and in fact are disposable should they be inconvenient to us, and that any outrageous behaviors are not sin, but disorders for which we should be excused and accommodated. I realize my viewpoint sounds out-dated and archaic, but when that world view was the foundation of our nation’s social contract, we got in trouble at school for talking in class, chewing gum, pulling a girl’s pigtails, or slouching in our school desks. We took guns to school, to be sure, but they were in the gun racks of our trucks and we used them to hunt before and after school. It never occurred to us to use them to murder our teachers and fellow students. So yes, I can stand the contempt and criticism of the left. I’ll gladly accept their scorn as they substitute creative language with a steady stream of profanity-laced tirades that I’m an idiot, a throwback to the past, and a person who should be forever silenced. But when we as a nation feared God, we didn’t fear that a 20 year old with a high powered rifle would gun down our children in their schoolrooms.

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  • david feil

    12/17/2012 05:19 AM

    Mike,

    I don't spend a lot of time in the Bible because it's so inconsistent. But if you pull out the uplifting parts, there are some great ideas presented.

    1. The Bible says loud and clear that we're not allowed to kill. You inferred this in your statement above; "...we teach that God was not involved in our origins, that our very lives are biological happenstances and in fact are disposable should they be inconvenient to us..."

    So how are you going to justify this to God on your judgment day? "I actually carried out the death penalty 16 times more than any governor in my state’s history."

    For the record, and because I don't want you to lump me in with the Left, I am indeed anti-death penalty, but I'm also anti-abortion. To me life is sacred from start to natural finish, and I as a man have no right to interfere with that sanctity at any point along its timeline, no matter how heinous another's life is.

    2. God, as I've understood him, is ubiquitous. So even if public spaces are void of God in name, God's presence is still present. To say otherwise is to diminish the all powerful to only a sort-of powerful.

    So then, if God created this universe, but actually refused to assist those innocent children, simply because of public policy, I have to ask is this a God worth worshipping?

    3. To my understanding the only time Christ ever got angry was when people sold wares in his father's temple. I'd rather be a non believer at judgement day than someone like you that's made millions selling your baubles on the steps of his temple.

  • Andrew

    12/17/2012 02:15 AM

    Mr. Huckabee while I do agree with your statement(s)I think your ending statement has some difficulties. "When we as a nation feared God we did not fear a 20 year old with a gun hunting down children." We as a nation have never feared God nor has any nation save Israel and even they did not do very well. While many people as well larger groups of people in history have feared and presented Christ the over all condition of man is that we have never feared God. Individuals yes nations no. People have gunned down women and children before in history ask the Native American Tribes even in the supposed God fearing days. I agree with your view that our rejection of God is the cause of our strife. However the view that we have ever been a God fearing nation is slightly inaccurate.

  • Thomas Riley

    12/17/2012 01:58 AM

    The main problem with this argument is that God doesn't actually exist, and as such reverting back to a "God-centred culture" is nothing more than reverting back to a bygone era of intolerance that will never return. We are the results of evolution, not some beared man in the sky, and to say that teaching the scientific truth is somehow responsible for this tragedy is ignorant and irresponsible.

    Gov. Huckabee alludes to some issues that are undoubtedly problems in modern American society. However, inserting Christian values into education and society at large is wrong. Secularism is the future in that regard. The better path is to adopt stricter regulations on firearms, a massive overhaul of the mental health system, and addressing the culture of guns and violence - just leave your non-existent God out of it.

  • Jazz Twemlow

    12/17/2012 01:51 AM

    In Australia they have an unmarried atheist Prime Minister, progressive abortion rights, and under-attendance at church. They also haven't had a single gun massacre since 1996.

    How have these godless heathens gone so long without their kids being riddled with gunfire?

    It's a mystery. Maybe one day you'll figure it out.

  • Mark Avery

    12/17/2012 01:45 AM

    Although it is now time to reflect on such things in hopes to better understand what brings a person to such violence, this strategic question is of no relevance at the point of the attack. The only question then is what must we do to stop the damage before more people are killed. Unfortunately, this person was not stopped by anyone - he took his own life, thereby ending the attack on innocents. While I refuse to give his name any publicity and will not count him among the casualties, I do hope that his actions will, as President Obama stated, "...come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening - regardless of politics."

    Although we differ on the meaningful action that would have actually had an impact on this event and saved innocent lives, there is no question that getting to that action will require looking hard at the facts - regardless of politics - and begin to return to the wisdom of our country's founders. Doing so would answer both the immediate and long-term questions.

    Yes, Mr. President, regardless of politics. Unfortunately, I really doubt you have the capability.