Monday, June 25, 2012

50 Years After They Banned Prayer -- Are We Better Off?

It was fifty years ago today that the Supreme Court of the United States issued one of the most controversial decisions in the nation’s history -- the day they removed prayer from public schools.

In 1683 our forefathers explicitly mentioned the power of Jesus Christ in our founding. The Rhode Island Charter of 1683 states “We submit our person, lives, and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given us in His Holy World.”

Just ask yourself are we better off morally then we were just 50 years ago?

Just 50 years ago, kids could stay out past dark and their parents did not have to worry about pedophiles preying on their children.

Just 50 years ago, you actually knew your neighbor’s names.

Just 50 years ago, you didn’t have children ridiculing, and taunting an elderly bus monitor to tears, just for the fun of it.

I believe there is a correlation to the spike in crime, and the lack of religion our children our learning from a young age.

In 1947, in the landmark case Everson V. Board of Education, Thomas Jefferson’s “Wall of Church and State” was put on the stand. Since this decision relied on a statement, not made in our founding but instead 13 years after the Constitution was approved, our nation’s faith and core conviction have been on constant attack.

Somehow in the minds of the elitists Justices one statement after our founding dictates what our founders intended, not the thousands of calls for prayer and religion in the midst of our creation.

We forget the words of George Washington, “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.” And we ignore the inscription on his monument, “Laus Deo” which means “Praise be to God.”

We overlook the inscription “In God We Trust” found in our nation’s capital and the words “Preserve me, God, for in Thee do I put my trust.”

But perhaps saddest of all; we forget the blessings our God has poured on our nation.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Our land truly does need healing -- and we as Christians must stand and restore this nation to its God-fearing founding.

Former President Ronald Reagan once issued a call to arms for the nation.

“If ever there was a time for you, the good people of this country, to make your voices heard, to make the mighty power of your will the decisive force in the halls of Congress, that time is now,” he declared.

That time is indeed now.

Dalton is a conservative teen in America's heartland, follow him on Twitter @dglasscock


  1. So many things wrong with the logic in your article, Mr. Glasscock.

    Freedom of religion applies to everyone, right? Public school sanctioned prayer spits in the face of everyone's right to decide how they wish to raise their children. There is no freedom of religion in that. As an atheist, I have the constitutional right to raise my children without religion and prayer. If my daughter was made to pray in a public school, would that not violate my religious freedom?

    Think if your religion was in the minority of this country, and the prayer sanctioned by public school was the majority religion, how would you feel about that? Until you can see it from that side, you can't possibly understand.

    Your freedom of religion ends where it violates someone else's freedom of religion. In other words, you are free to worship, pray, attend church as you see fit. But the government is too remain neutral and secular. There is no such thing as freedom of religion without a government that free FROM religion.

    No where in the constitution does it state that this is a christian country. No where.

    President Reagan, who you reference, is also known for this quote on separation of church and state. "We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief."

  2. Please, provide evidence of the correlative relationship between the rise in crime and your perceived lack of religious education in young children.

    Additionally, read the Everson SCOTUS decision. THEN form an opinion on it.

  3. amen brother. unbelievers will not be able to "see" the truth you proclaim because they are so blinded by the filth that began in our nation when prayers were taken. we are on a Romans 1 track in this Nation! I pray for revival. it is our only hope.

  4. Great Article, and so true! Gives me great hope for the future, when a young man writes something as beautiful and factual as this! The ringing theme is freedom of religion, not freedom FROM religion. This only means there will not a be state religion, such as in England, Syria, and so on. God is in every fiber of our foundation, and when God is removed, the foundation will crumble.

  5. i think u guys r still blessed because of your ancestors who founded your nation on christian faith, and it is known that God blesses up to 1000th generation, many other ( not so lucky nations) see this In God we trust on your money and see that God keeps you even up to present times. I don't know what awaits for you cos God is patient... but i do think in the US there is a shake of foundations, i don't wish it to you but moral degradation can ultimately lead to economic decrease and collapse.Your today's prosperity is only inheritance of those godly generations before you.I do wish you one thing from my heart- return to righteousness America! and by the way, God keeps you as well because of so much charity you are doing all over the world.

  6. Dalton, your first sentence is a lie. The Supreme Court did not remove prayer from public schools. Kids still pray all they want. Have you tried to pray in school and been stopped?

    The only thing Everson versus Board of Education did is prevent teachers and administrators from leading or facilitating prayer.