Mike Huckabee: Prayer In Schools Will Stop School Shootings

Mike HuckabeeAhead of the 2016 Republican primaries, presumed candidates are doing anything and everything they can to pander to extreme religious views, Islamophobia and fear. This past weekend, Bobby Jindal proclaimed that America needed to “turn back to God” as part of his “The Response” prayer rally in Baton Rouge. In Iowa, other potential contenders as well as political grifters trolling for attention were also banging podiums and claiming to speak on the behalf of their god, and the American people.


This small but fervent section of the voting populace usually determines the outcome of the early Republican primaries, and politicians like Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal know this all too well. Do they actually believe in what they’re saying? I doubt it, but they know that as long as it elicits a reaction from the media, they can point to their followers and say, “See? The liberals are angry!” as they put their hands out for more donations to their super PACs and make veiled hints at running for the White House.

So it is no surprise that once again, video of Mike Huckabee saying something outrageous surfaces courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

During a speech earlier this month at televangelist Morris Cerullo’s annual conference, Mike Huckabee said that school shootings wouldn’t take place if public schools organized daily prayers, religious assemblies, Bible readings and “chapel services.”

“Because we were bringing Bibles to school people weren’t bringing guns to school, except for the deer hunters who left them in their trucks,” Huckabee said. “What has happened to our culture? What’s happened is we have lost our landmarks. When we reject the Bible as the objective word of truth, when we say that the Bible is no longer the standard by which we live and we make it whatever we feel, what we think, what we believe, then we have no landmark at all because that landmark is always being moved to accommodate our lifestyle rather than make our lifestyle accommodate the word of the living God and the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Source)

I honestly don’t think Mike Huckabee (like many other members of the assumed 2016 field) believes in half of the nutty religious things that come out of his mouth, but he knows it sells. The people who will determine the outcome of the early primaries want to believe that America will again become the way they remember it decades ago, because they’re so sold on the message the far right has been feeding them for years.


The simpler world of Leave It To Beaver, Mayberry and John Wayne shooting all the bad guys without remorse or consequences – that’s the mythical era they want to return to, and individuals like Mike Huckabee make them think America can go back to an imagined time that never existed.

Uncomfortable discussions with your kids about how some guys like other guys or how Aunt Caroline is now Uncle Bill? Those never have to happen in Jesusland with Mike Huckabee or Bobby Jindal in the White House. Worried about how to explain to your kids why school shooting drills are necessary? That also doesn’t have to happen in Mike Huckabee’s America where all mental illness (and the gay) can be prayed away in school. It’s a very simple, false promise that’s being sold: vote for Jesus (me) and we get our country back from the godless atheists, feminists, liberals and gays that have destroyed it. It almost sounds like one of those goofy weight loss ads you see on nearly every website these days: “This one easy trick will fix America. Liberals HATE it!”

Never mind the fact that we live in a complicated world with issues that can’t be solved with wishful thinking and MoveOn.org petitions, just vote for the candidate who can reference Jesus and the Bible the most times in a pandering statement. That’s the strategy to make a strong showing in the early primaries, and that’s also why Republicans won’t be winning the White House again anytime soon.



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  • Pipercat

    Ah, we can see hareng rouge pomme à l’huile is on the menu for today!

    Oui gouverneur?

  • So I guess Mike doesn’t think students and teachers at Sandy Hook, et al., were praying. Hmm.

  • Diane Stanley

    He is such a simpleton!!!

  • Kurt 20008

    Okay, Mike, how about a Litany to the Immaculate Conception for the Relief of the Poor Souls in Purgatory as a school prayer? Oh, you meant prayers of YOUR religion, sorry.

    • Cemetery Girl

      I have a couple of Wiccan friends. They’re very proud of their beliefs. Can their children do protection spells as the Christian children pray? Probably not.

  • Onyxcat

    As the author said, we live in an extremely complicated world. The never, never land that Huckabee believed in never was.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Remember several years ago when there was a shooting at an Amish school? The shooter was there to kill the teacher, but students died also. Would he argue that the Amish do not pray enough? That their lifestyle does not show enough dedication to God?

  • 4thStooge

    “Because we were bringing Bibles to school people weren’t bringing guns to school”

    Really? LOL Him and his ilk will be the first ones to say that every damned body should have a damned gun. Well when everybody has a gun, they’re going to find their way into school.

  • FD Brian

    for starters, God is way to busy answering the prayers of cancer patients to even have time to save kids being shot at in schools.

    • markinator

      God is easily distracted by football team prayers too!

  • mag00

    That’s a really cute thought, Mike, but unfortunately there were still 10+ school shootings every year even before the 1950’s (when it was very common for prayer to be in public schools). It also doesn’t explain the shootings that occur at religious schools.

    Strangely, though, there are almost no school shootings in the countries with widespread gun legislation, *despite* a lack of government-imposed prayer.

    But who needs facts?

  • sumdumgai123

    Since prayer is allowed in every public school, he doesn’t mean that there isn’t prayer allowed. He means that he wants to force Atheists to pray to his god. That is what he is talking about.

  • markinator

    “Okay class, it’s time to do our daily prayer. Get your rugs out, kneel, and face the east…..” At the first instance of that, Huckabee would be leading the atheist charge!

  • walk_the_walk

    MY THOUGHTS ON MIKE HUCKABEE’s BALONEY: This is pure “Huckersterism”, as Mike is 59; I am 54 and my brother 56, and we have this in common: we were all in the Arkansas school system in the 60’s and 70’s. I attended school in Little Rock public schools, as well as small town schools in tiny towns in rural North Arkansas from 1964-1978.

    Prayer DID occur before football and basketball games. No one ever distributed Bibles on campus at any PUBLIC school I attended and I would have noticed this if it had happened. The small town of my Alma Mater, population 1500, was primarily Baptist, but there were also Methodists, Church of Christ, and Assembly of God, and other Protestant demoninations. No Jews, Muslims, Catholics or Episcopalians, as we were the later. Probably some semipracticing Buddhists. A few closet Atheists.

    Yes, Mike Huckabee, people did bring deer hunting rifles to school in their pickup truck windows. Nobody stole them and nobody went on a rampage. That part is true. But, this was not because the coach said a prayer before each football game. It was more likely because we did not have ultra violent super realistic video games full of split second killing of one form or another (Call of Duty being just one example).

    I could not locate which school Mike Huckabee attended in his online biography, so it’s possible he went to a RELIGIOUS private school. If so, good for him and those that did or do.

    The point is that what Huck is saying is BALDERDASH. What he is saying happened, did not. He is suggesting that we need one religion (his) taught in our schools, and we can return to the way things were. This is a false premise. And, I like Mike, too, but I dont like Baloney or B.S.

    Or, as Jimmy Stewart put it in the movie “Fool’s Parade”, released in 1971, “God uses Good people to do Good; Bad People Use God.”

  • ASH: Spider-Atheist

    Just like how prayer keeps the molestation out of churches, Michael?

  • Brian Browne

    You a moron Mike!!!…

    • Lew Heifner

      lol *you’re It is best not to look like a moron while calling someone else one.