A couple of years ago, Fox News aired a story that should shake parents of school children to their core. A Seattle school paved the way for a young unwed teenager to abort her child without parental consent. An isolated incident? Maybe. Maybe not. Several decades ago, a popular advertising slogan touted, “We’ve come a long way baby.” And to that I say “Amen!” But are we where we really want to be?
In the last one hundred years, educational philosophies and curriculum have changed drastically. From the late 1600’s to the early 1900’s, school children studied scripture to learn their ABC’s. Teachers taught the Ten Commandments and encouraged children to live by the Golden Rule. Today, any semblance of religious instruction is ripped off school walls to appease screaming parents claiming educators are promoting indoctrination. Truly, the days of innocence have been replaced with political correctness and an “anything goes” tolerance, ideologies tempting our Founding Fathers to turn over in their graves.
Patrick Henry proclaimed,
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!”
Today, honoring the name of Christ in the public school system prompts the ACLU to storm in crying foul, while using Christ’s name in vain seldom raises an eyebrow. (Imagine using Mohammed’s name in a profane matter…”
In 1962, the Supreme Court took another step towards expelling God from the classroom. The highest court in the land banned prayer from the classroom. In the years following prayer’s dismissal, the incidences of teen pregnancy, transmission of STD’s, school violence and divorce skyrocketed. A coincidence? Hardly. People who fight against prayer in school or the posting of the Ten Commandments claim that both are unconstitutional because of the “separation of church and state” clause. However, many Americans are misguided. That line never appears in the Constitution of the United States.
Our Constitution’s first amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In 1799, the Supreme Court ruled in Runkel vs. Winemiller:
“In our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing.”
The Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut continued to express concerns that Congress might establish a government run religion. To assuage their fears, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to the Danbury Baptists weighing in on the issue. He informed them that the first amendment erected a wall between the church and state but explained this wall was one directional. It prevented the government from running the church and Christian principles would always be instrumental in government decisions and lawmaking. Today we only hear the deluded cry,
“Don’t forget about the separation of church and state.”
Kicking God out of school paved the way for liberalism and socialism. Our students can’t begin the school day focusing heavenward, but they can visit the school nurse and carry home handfuls of condoms or propaganda from Planned Parenthood. With God expelled, the scientific agenda can proselytize young minds into believing the evolutionary theory, scoffing at this subscribing to the Genesis account.
Twenty-eight years after banning prayer from the classroom, another ruling made inroads to diminish moral foundations from the educational system. In 1980, in Stone versus Graham, a battle ensued over a school’s right to post the Ten Commandments in a school’s hallway. The court gave the following statement:
“If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be induce the school children to read, meditate upon them, and perhaps to venerate and obey the commandment; this is not a permissible objective.”
What? We don’t want children obeying the Ten Commandments? Founding Father James Madison stated,
“We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Many Americans consider George Washington our Country’s greatest President to ever serve. A man of faith, he said,
“A good moral character is the first essential in a man. It is therefore highly important to endeavor not only to be learned, but virtuous.”
Let us never forget, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”