Some people seem to think Mike Huckabee (winner of the 2008 Boggs-Doniphan) is voicing some important truth when claiming that we shouldn’t expect God to intervene in school tragedies if we have ourselves removed God from school. (His subsequent “clarifications” aren’t helping.) Here’s why Huckabee is a fool:
1: Prayers do take place in some American public schools via prayer groups. Huckabee knows this but what he means by prayer in school is a certain type of Christian evangelism which, thank goodness, isn’t welcome in a school paid for by taxation. It would certainly not include Mormon prayers, which renders certain of the Mormon cheers for Huckabee sadly ironic.
2: In actuality, true Christian devotion was apparent in the school through the selfless actions of the teachers. That is true Christian love. If God is going to reward any behaviour it will be self-sacrifice not the nice words we say.
3: This is all moot, anyway. Saying prayers does not make you immune from evil, or else how to explain the violent suppression of Christianity in some countries today and the church shootings which do sadly take place from time to time? It’s called the problem of evil, in which bad things happen to good people. To therefore always blame evil on a lack of righteousness, as some define it, is to be woefully unaware of the issue of theodicy which has exercised Christians for centuries. I know children who understand this better than Huckabee.
4: For Mormons it ought to be important that men held to be prophets are not making the kind of cruel pronouncements that Huckabee has. Their statement on lds.org is a model of quiet compassion.
I therefore conclude that to try to gain religious capital out of this tragedy is both wrong-headed, callous, and brings shame to Christianity.