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Huckabee: Lack of religion in classroom leads to violence in schools

Posted on December 18th, 2012 at 17:07 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News -- Write a comment


Responding to the deadly mass shooting Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said new laws regulating guns won’t deter such shootings, linking a lack of religious discussion in the classroom to increased violence in schools.

“We ask why there’s violence in our school but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News. “Should we be so surprised that schools have become such a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability.”

What a pity there’s this nasty little category of things called “facts”.

  1. Fox news; lying to anyone stupid enough to listen since 1996.

  2. While I agree that Mike Huckabee is a dangerous fool, this graph is hardly helpful to find the truth.
    Why cut off at the 26 year mark? There was a sharp increase in school shootings in the US in the 1990s, that has continued to this day.

    Now, I haven’t seen any evidence that this spike has anything to do with religion in Schools. That’s one possible variable in a field of many.

    I’d be interested to see a graph that factors in population, economic conditions, whether or not the US was at war in the given year, and class disparities, for starters. I’d also like to see plotted on there the popularity of films showing anti-heroes going out in a blaze of glory, and some metric for violent rhetoric on the part of politicians, xenophobia on the airwaves, and so on. To make all sides of the equation happy, you can also throw in violent-themed music, video games, and the Teletubbies.

  3. Wikipedia is not a reliable fact source.

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