After some controversial remarks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elemetary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Mike Huckabee sought to clarify his remarks. He was not saying that the shooting would not have happened if state-sponsored prayer were allowed in public schools, but was noting the irony of asking “where is God?” after a tragedy, but not talking about God at other times.

“We ask why there’s violence in our school but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. 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,” Huckabee said on Fox News Saturday.

Later that night, Huckabee complained on his TV show, Fox News’ “Huckabee,” that liberals were accusing him of saying that the shooting would not have happened if the United States had prayer in schools. Arguing that he “said nothing of the sort,” Huckabee explained that he was talking about a broader cultural shift in which discussions about God, faith and morality are considered only appropriated in religious institutions, not the public square.

 

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