“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?” Mike Huckabee on Fox News

While we were still trying to take in the news of the massacre of children in Newtown, Connecticut, Mike Huckabee repeated the refrain that senseless tragedies occur because we do not allow God in schools. But what kind of God would need human prayer to intercede in such a situation? What kind of God would not protect children as punishment for insufficient grovelling? A God who required human belief to act could not have created our world, because there would have been no one to ask Him or Her to make it in the first place.

To say violence happens because children are not taught to believe in God might make sense if the school children had attacked the gunman and not the other way around, but the statement is ludicrous in this context. A God who would let innocent children suffer because they were born in an immoral nation would be a monster unworthy of anyone’s praise. Instead, I think we must look at ourselves if we want to understand this tragedy. A nation that finds money to arm itself to the teeth, but does not find money to treat the mentally ill, has written its own tragedy.

Our nation is tearing itself apart not because we haven’t allowed God to come into our schools, but because we do not allow justice to rule in our hearts.