Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mike Huckabee on the Sandy Hook shootings

Mike Huckabee is one sick son of a bitch, and so he believes in a god who's also a sick son of a bitch.

According to Huckabee, 'God' let a gun-wielding serial killer shoot these grade-school kids in Sandy Hook (Newtown), Connecticut - or maybe God actually ordered it done? - because we have a Constitution which keeps our government from promoting Christianity.

Yeah, that'll teach us a lesson, huh?

Of course, these were Christian children - some of them, certainly, and very likely a majority of the dead, if not all of them. Here, for example, is a scene from just one of the area churches:
Msgr Robert Weiss, pastor of the church, told reporters 20 stars were shining brightly in the skies, and that 20 new saints had been created.

Several of the dead children were his parishioners - he spoke of one boy who had just scored his first goal in football, to the joy of his parents. The pastor warned that grief would turn to anger at what had happened.

In the lobby of the church, people wrote on commemorative boards - God bless our newest angels, read one message.

Admittedly, that particular church is Catholic, so I suppose Huckabee thinks that's not protection enough from his vengeful god? After all, it's not enough to put 'God' in public schools, it has to be the right god, with the right - or, rather, far right - beliefs. (And yeah, that's one of the reasons we adopted that Constitution Huckabee hates so much.)

And it's also true that no one has ever removed 'God' or prayers from America's public schools. Indeed, your god is supposed to be omnipresent, from what I understand, so that would be kind of hard to do. (It's equally hard to do when God is just imaginary.) And, of course, students are free to pray at any time. We just don't let the government force it on them.

What, did these young children not pray enough as they were being slaughtered? Did their parents never pray for their kids, in church or out of it? Or did Huckabee's god just not care about any of that. Well, I suppose he was still enraged at the results of the presidential election, huh?

Speaking of which, Mike Huckabee ran for president in 2008, finishing second in the GOP primaries (ahead of Mitt Romney). He has his own show on Fox 'News' and he's likely to be a very strong Republican candidate in 2016. (He sat out 2012, rather than run against an incumbent president, despite high poll numbers.)

And Huckabee is very smooth. He's an experienced speaker, very accustomed to the limelight. Wikipedia notes that "Huckabee's personality has been described in positive terms as 'gentle and warm', 'charming', 'friendly, teddy-bear', and 'engaging, warm, relaxed, and persuasive'" (though also as 'petty, thin-skinned, self-righteous' and 'somewhat vindictive').

But he's also a far-right religious nut. He's crazy, but he's smooth. Heck, he even plays bass guitar in a rock band! How approachable is that?

It's a scary combination. The Republican base loves him, because he's just as crazy as they are. And his position at Fox 'News' certainly doesn't hurt. But he can also seem like a nice guy, when he wants to. He can seem like the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with, when he gets back from slaughtering homosexuals for the Lord.

Seriously, he's a scary guy because he's very personable, while still holding loony right-wing positions - and especially, loony right-wing Christian positions:
The United States Constitution never uses the word "God" or makes mention of any religion, drawing its sole authority from "We the People." However, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee thinks it's time to put an end to that.

"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution," Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."

That's the same God who let little children die in fear and agony in order to teach America a lesson. Mike Huckabee actually worships that kind of monster, and he's got a lot of support in the GOP.

What, you thought the Republican Party couldn't get any crazier?

PS. Honestly, there's so much that's wrong about Mike Huckabee's comments, that's wrong about Mike Huckabee's beliefs. Maybe I can go into the rest of it later, but it's just too disgusting to deal with now. Besides, I suspect that any sane person wouldn't need me to point out the obvious fallacies in his thinking.

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