I cannot believe that a “man of God” can say this about the Newton shootings. Not a word of condolence to the parents of the deceased children slaughtered bu a deranged gunman.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) weighed in on the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, saying the crime was no surprise because we have “systematically removed God” from public schools.
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”
This line of reasoning isn’t new for Huckabee.
Speaking about a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. over the summer, the former GOP presidential candidate claimed that such violent episodes were a function of a nation suffering from the removal of religion from the public sphere.
“We don’t have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “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.”
Adam Lanza, 20, is the suspect in a school shooting that left 27 dead Friday, including 20 children. Lanza is reportedly the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred.
More than 150 individuals held a vigil in front of the White House this afternoon to grieve for today’s tragic school shooting in Connecticut and encourage President Obama to take real, meaningful action on gun control.
Strangers exchanged hugs and prayed for the victims and their families in the shadow of the White House approximately an hour after President Obama addressed the shooting, fighting back tears in an afternoon statement. Many attendees held signs saying “Enough is enough” and “Today is the day”.
Photos from the event:
Andy Pelosi, a father of two elementary school girls who lives near Newtown, Connecticut, spoke passionately about the tragedy. “No children, no teachers, no staff should have to worry about going to a school in the United States of America and be gunned down,” said Pelosi. “No parent should have to worry when they put their children on a school bus in the morning, like I do and like many of you do, and worry about is my child coming home at the end of the day.”
Watch his remarks:
I couldn’t agree more. Like millions of Americans, I am so upset over yet another massive assault on innocent citizens. The author of this piece accurately express the feelings of millions of Americans at this time.
I am absolutely sick to my stomach. My hands shake. My heart sinks. My mind is numb. We are all sick to our stomachs. We all shake with the deepest sadness we possibly can imagine. An unimaginable sadness.
The faces. The small, innocent faces. shocked. terrified and confused. The small Sandy Hook elementary school children know not of this life. They know not of this disease that has plagued our nation. They know not of the violence that has sickened our soul. They walk towards safety without prayer, as they have not learned that prayer yet. They walk without knowing that they lost TWENTY TWO (maybe more) of their brothers and sisters, who have left this earth before they could even understand that it was round.
We are on this planet to protect our children. That is our job. That is our number one priority. And we have failed today. The teachers did everything they could. They did not fail. The parents did everything they could. They did not fail. The principal did everything she could. She did not fail. The police did their absolute best. This not about them. This is about us.
We are speechless, but we will not be silent. Not is these UNITED States. Not in this god bless America. Not in this land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We don’t care about politics. We don’t care about Republicans. We don’t care about Democrats. We don’t care about the National Rifle Association. We don’t care about the pundits on television. We don’t care about the ones who tell us we have to wait.
Today is not the day to talk about gun control or mental health care. Today is the day to finally DO SOMETHING about it.
As a grandmother of elementary school age children, this totally breaks my heart.
I won’t use the pictures of surviving children being led from the school in question, but I will illustrate my opinion about assault weapons.
Multiple people — including children — werekilled on Friday morning when at least one gunman opened fire in an Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT. The school’s principal was apparently the target of the attack, according to MSNBC.
Children were reportedly told to run out of the building with their eyes closed after the incident occurred Friday. TIME reports that one teacher was shot in the foot. The extent of other injuries is not yet known, but MSNBC reports that the apparent gunman has been killed. Reports from the Hartford Courant suggest that the shooting took place inside of a kindergarten classroom.
One gunman has been identified by CBS news as the father of a student. A second gunman is apparently still at large, according to a local ABC affiliate.
According to Hartford Courant reporter Dave Altimari, the gunman was “heavily armed” with “multiple weapons when he entered the school.” He was also reported to be wearing camouflage. Two handguns were recovered from the scene.
The Sandy Hook school serves children in grades kindergarten through 4th. The entire school system in the area is now reportedly on lock down.
ABC News points out this chilling statistic: There have been an estimated 31 school shootings since the shooting at Columbine in 1999.
CBS News now is reporting 27 people are dead, including 18 children. Up to 20 children may have been shot. The AP adds that one whole classroom of students is unaccounted for.
Rachel Maddow reviews the many ways the conservative movement is rife with scammers who are more interested in making a buck off the fear and paranoia of conservative media audiences than they are in crafting a cogent political arguments.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, the self-described Birther Queen, Orly Taitz might just be a candidate for the nearest “nut-house”…
Birther queen Orly Taitz has teamed up with a convicted felon who challenged President Barack Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary to sue Vice President Joe Biden and Congress, in an effort to block the Electoral College vote.
Taitz announced on her website Wednesday evening that she had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of federal prison inmate Keith Judd, along with two minor presidential candidates and Republican and Libertarian candidates for members of the electoral college. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Monday, is an attempt to prevent Congress from counting the Electoral College vote for Obama. Taitz did not announce the suit until Wednesday.
Taitz, an attorney and dentist based in Santa Monica, Calif., used the court papers to reiterate claims that Obama is a citizen of Indonesia and was not born in the United States. She alleges that Obama has used forged documents, including a fake birth certificate, Selective Service card and Social Security number from Connecticut, to run for president. Taitz has filed numerous state and federal court cases nationally seeking to have Obama thrown off the ballot.
Judd received 41-percent of the vote against Obama in May’s West Virginia primary, the most of any candidate against the president. In her court filing, Taitz claims that Judd would be the Democratic Party nominee if Obama was removed from the ballot and could not be voted on by the Electoral College next week. Taitz also filed on behalf of Edward Noonan, who won the American Independent Party presidential primary in California; Thomas Gregory MacLeran, who filed to run as a Republican for president; and Republican James Grinols and Libertarian Robert Odden, who both ran for elector in Minnesota.
Continue reading here…
I meant to post this yesterday, but I got sidetracked. I’ve often wondered if Right-Wingers ever get embarrassed when they are proven to be blatantly wrong on an issue.
Then again I doubt it, their embarrassment gene is non-existent.
A bizarre chain email sent to district and school board officials in the Dallas area this October titled “IRVING ISD INDOCTRINATING ISLAM” inspired a recent investigation of “Islamic bias” in the district’s curriculum. Despite the outlandish claims, the district requested that an official from the organization that created the curriculum to respond. The results of a 72-page investigation done by the organization were not surprising: there’s a Christian bias in schools, not a Muslim one.
The official told the board that a bias toward Islam didn’t exist, even mentioning that “she hired a ‘very socially and fiscally conservative’ former social studies teacher who ‘watches Glenn Beck on a regular basis’ to seek out any Islamic bias in CSCOPE [the curriculum].” She “asked her to look for anything she would consider the least bit controversial.” The Dallas Morning News has the details of an investigation that mentioned “every religious reference in the CSCOPE curriculum, from kindergarten to high school”:
- Christianity got twice as much attention in the curriculum as any other religion. Islam was a distant second.
- The Red Crescent and Boston Tea Party reference mentioned in the email were nowhere in CSCOPE’s curriculum, although they may have been in the past.
- If there was any Islamic bias in CSCOPE it was “bias against radical Islam.”
This isn’t the first time Texas has debated the perceived presence of too much Islam in its school books. In 2010, the Texas Board of Education banned any books that “paint Islam in too favorable of a light.” The reasoning was head-scratching: “the resolution adopted Friday cites ‘politically-correct whitewashes of Islamic culture and stigmas on Christian civilization’ in current textbooks and warns that ‘more such discriminatory treatment of religion may occur as Middle Easterners buy into the US public school textbook oligopoly.’” A Texas based civil liberties advocate said at the time that “the members who voted for this resolution were solely interested in playing on fear and bigotry in order to pit Christians against Muslims.”