Well, in an earlier post, I alluded to the automatic arguments that we’ll see in the near future, if all of them haven’t already been made.
HuffPo has this on the their “front page”.
The article doesn’t explicitly state what HuffPo deems as outrageous. It’s left to the reader to discern. Let’s see if we can’t pick up on what HuffPo thinks is outrageous.
Here are the two quotes from Huckabee, a former (?) preacher, which HuffPo gives us.
“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?”
“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.”
I want to pause here. I don’t wish this post be about beliefs. It isn’t what I want to talk about at the moment. I want to talk about teaching.
While Huckabee doesn’t specifically state what he’s referencing, we can take inferences.
Most Americans, whether they realize this or not, get their moral base from the teachings of the Bible. When one references “God” in the US, it typically conjures God worshipped by Christians. This is the basis of our mores and ethos in Western Civilization. We derive our understanding of right and wrong by the teachings of Christianity. It is true that other religions have some similar teachings, but, that isn’t where Western Civilizations derive their mores.
What I’m saying is, while it certainly helps to believe the teachings of the Bible to be divinely inspired, it isn’t necessary to understand the morality of the teachings.
Don’t murder, don’t steal, treat people as you wish to be treated. Understand that there are consequences to actions. Be responsible to yourself and others. That life is sanctified and precious! Your actions, words, and deeds affect others. These and much more are the teachings of God. When we remove God from public discourse, we are removing these teachings and replacing them with a relative morality based on current thought and events. It is an erosion by lack of reinforcement.
Can anyone argue against these teachings? Wouldn’t it be preferable to what we have today? Is it outrageous to make these assertions? I’m certain there’s room for discussion, but, outrageous? I think it a reasonable and rational observation.