Sunday, December 16, 2012
Mike Huckabee's Ignorant Mythic Authoritarian Worldview
Now that Mike Huckabee is no longer a political animal, having to measure his words to appear sane and not offend potential voters or donors, he has come unhinged in his mythic authoritarian worldview. This is nowhere more apparent than in his comments about the tragic mass killing in Connecticut. CNN's Belief Blog posted his comments without much in the way of analysis, nor was there any analysis of the longer version posted on their Political Ticker blog.
Generally, I try to ignore people like him, but he has a national platform (Fox News) and there are significant numbers of people who share his (world)view to a greater or lesser extent.
Here is the story:
We may never know what caused this young man to kill his mother and then drive her car to the school and kill 26 young students and faculty, and then himself. [For another perspective, check out the thoughts of neuroscientist David Eagleman.]
I do know that teaching children to fear judgment by an imaginary god is not going to deter mentally ill people from doing things we cannot fathom. [This is not to imply that all mentally ill people are prone to violence, however, people who commit acts such as this are mentally ill.]
We need to do a better job of identifying children who are at risk - those who are outsiders, who have few or no friends, who struggle with social roles, or who exhibit suicidal or homicidal ideation. We need to get them into counseling, into support groups, and, yes, even into spiritual communities and churches.
Children do not grow up to be mass murderers unless something has gone horribly, tragically wrong in their lives. This is where we need to focus our attention.