Fox News presenter and former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, has made several comments about the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings, seemingly blaming gay people for the massacre.
Mike Huckabee, the ex-governor of Arkansas, seemed to be blaming last week’s shootings on gay people through his recently voiced opinions, when he talked about a rejection of “natural law”, and “natural family of a father and mother”, as the reasons for the killings.
He also went on to cite smartphones, and “abortion pills”, as well as the “teaching” that “god was not involved in our origins” as the reasons for the shootings taking place.
Writing on his website, Mr Huckabee said: “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.”
On Friday, not long after the shooting took place, Mr Huckabee had spoken on Fox News, and asked:
“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?”
“Maybe we ought to let [God] in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up when it’s all said and done at the back end,” he continued.
At the weekend, Mr Huckabee also blamed “the predictable left” and its “vile and vicious reaction” to his comments. He continued:
“It’s the fact that people sue a city so we aren’t confronted with a manger scene or Christmas carol … Churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills.”
On his website, he said: “our kids would rather have ear buds dangling from their ears, fingers attaching to a smartphone, and face attached to a computer screen” and “we teach that God was not involved in our origins, that our very lives are biological happenstances.”
Writing for Salon.com, Mary Elizabeth Williams, noted that Mr Huckabee had made similar sentiments about the shooting in an Aurora cinema last year. He said:
“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.”
This statement was made at a similar time that he declared a national ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’, which aimed to celebrate the fast-food chain’s stance against marriage equality.