The title of this post has been shamelessly stolen from a Jeremy Scahill tweet (although I very much doubt that this sentiment originated with him). Nevertheless, it poses an interesting question — what would the infamous fictional character of Jeezus think of the recent shooting deaths? I know exactly what you’re thinking: maybe we should inquire with a Baptist seminary student dropout in order to find out?
As we noted yesterday, former Arkansas governor, Fox News host and Baptist seminary student dropout Mike Huckabee opined that the Connecticut shootings took place because “we’ve systematically removed God from our schools,” adding, “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.” What a flaming doucheweasel, amirite? No, not Mike Huckabee (yeah, okay, him too), but this god character. In response to Huckabee’s weird assertions I mused:
Now so far, I remain unconvinced by this god theory of theirs. For one thing, it doesn’t account for the 2007 mass shooting at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Or the 2008 killings at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville. And that’s to say nothing of the military bases, restaurants and workplaces, where as far as I am aware gods are generally permitted unfettered access. But more importantly, if some god demands American schoolchildren recite mandatory prayers to it in exchange for protecting them from violent massacres, then clearly that god is a sadistic, narcissistic @$$hole — and we should do everything in our power keep it as far away from kids as possible.
Obviously the governor has now taken my critique to heart, because he no longer believes the shootings were caused by a lack of mandatory prayers in public schools.* Nope. He has retooled his hypothesis and determined that the Newtown massacre was the result of “tax-funded abortion pills.”
Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills. We carefully and intentionally stop saying things are sinful and we call them disorders. Sometimes, we even say they’re normal. And to get to where we have to abandon bed rock moral truths, then we ask “well, where was God?” And I respond that, as I see it, we’ve escorted him out of our culture and marched him off the public square and then we express our surprise that a culture without him reflects what it’s become.
Of course our culture is so god-soaked we’re all drowning in it, but no matter: nothing can ever be Jeezus-y enough for the Mike Huckabees of the world. Even if American schoolchildren were forced to grovel daily in unison to a malevolent Sky Daddy like good little fascists, there would be Mike Huckabee shrieking about the need for corporal punishment, sex segregation, and a thousand other biblical rules and regulations with no proven benefits (and in fact proven harms) in reality. And speaking of reality, that magical land where Mike Huckabee dares not tread:
In reality, there are no “government-funded abortion pills.” The Obamacare contraception mandate, which is what Huckabee is likely referring to, does not provide coverage for any abortifacients — and will actually help reduce abortion rates.
Clearly there is not enough mockery in the world for the likes of Mike Huckabee. But the Palace will continue to contribute whatever small amount of ridicule we can to this worthwhile endeavor.
* Incidentally, there is a whole lot of praying in public schools: ask any kid unprepared for a test.