Out of cowardice and weakness, we allowed the Supreme Court to kick God out of our public school system. And in so doing, we have allowed the Supreme Court to turn our once peaceful school campuses into war zones that require the best in military technology just to keep our students from being shot to death.
The Court kicked prayer out of public schools in 1962, kicked the Bible out in 1963, and kicked the Ten Commandments out in 1980.
All of which was flatly unconstitutional, as the Constitution written by the Founders gives absolutely no authority to any branch of the federal government, including the judiciary, to tell schools what they can and cannot do on school grounds.
To make matters even worse, the Constitution flatly prohibits Congress, and by extension the entire federal government, from interfering in any way whatsoever with the “free exercise” of religion. Now when a federal judge tells a school that no prayer or Bible reading will be allowed even if the school wants it, whatever else he is doing, he is prohibiting the free exercise of religion. That’s something the Constitution plainly forbids.
In stark contrast to the shriveled understanding of religious liberty we have today, the Founders stated quite clearly their commitment to public education as a means of both spiritual and moral instruction.
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 (the same year that the Constitution was ratified) established the pattern by which new states could be admitted to the Union. Among its provisions was this: “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” (Emphasis mine.)
According to the Founders, then, schools were emphatically not to be secular, godless institutions but places where the nation’s next generation of citizens and political leaders could be instructed in Christianity and its moral principles and standards.
So how did we get from there to the pathetic place we are at today? Once God was kicked to the curb, his protection went with him. God will not go where he is not wanted. And when his moral standards were tossed in the dumpster, a slow and steady process of erosion began which has worn away the very foundational pillars on which public education was intended to rest.
So here is the question that remains: when the Supreme Court told us to throw God, prayer, and the Bible out of our schools, why did we listen?
Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. ‘Focal Point’ airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network.
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