Speaking on Fox News this afternoon, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee again linked a rise in gun violence in America to the removal of God from the public schools. “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee told host Neil Cavuto. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become 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 concluded, “Maybe we ought to let [God] in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up when it’s all said and done at the back end.”

While thousands sent prayers to the families in Connecticut, word of Huckabee’s God-centric analysis infuriated many, particularly after his words had been passed on and reinterpreted through an online game of “telephone.”

We’d say Huckabee has a ways to go to even begin to compete with Westboro Baptist Church.

Billy Hallowell, faith editor for The Blaze, delivered a message somewhat similar to Huckabee’s, though without going near the electrified third rail of public schools.

In the meantime, citizens of Newtown on Friday night gathered for prayer services — the “back end,” so to speak.