Religious Dispatches – More Than A “Sin” Problem

In a recent Huffington Post interview, Mike Huckabee, former presidential candidate and Arkansas governor, said the following concerning the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:

“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?”

Huckabee also added:

“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.

The reason I am addressing Huckabee’s words here is because I have heard very similar utterances from Muslims concerning the shooting. I address that and more in the video. Also have a listen to this podcast from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Michael Enright..

3 Comments Religious Dispatches – More Than A “Sin” Problem

  1. amlisa.bint.adam@gmail.com'Yasmin

    I don’t think America has a sin problem per se. I think the breakdown of the family unit (both nuclear and extended), urbanization, and the view that women are only worth what they can earn (which means they’re worthless as mothers and caretakers) is mainly responsible for what is happening.

    Parents don’t raise children anymore – televisions, video games, and the internet do. What do these different forms of entertainment “teach”? Violence. So a kid or young adult has a problem and he reacts violently. Is it surprising?

    I believe it was Nazi Germany that discovered the less you handle babies (meaning hugging and kissing and holding them), the more aggressive they grow up to be. You’d think the US would have learned from that. I don’t know, maybe they did. Maybe nudging the family unit to break apart was part of some nefarious plot to make sure the War Machine ™ would always be supported. Maybe not.

    Regardless, the outcome of the new mainstream “parenting” in the US (if you can even call it that) is that society is literally crumbling.

  2. Marc

    Wa ‘alaykum salaam, sister Yasmin. You mentioned many important social and cultural factors. It’s obvious that the issues gripping America cannot easily be summed up in reductionist theology. Thank you for your feedback.

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