For years Americans have been engulfed in what may be the greatest nationwide debate in the history of America. The separation of Church and State. For starters a few definitions should be made clear. Webster defines religion as ” a cause, principle or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.” That is the definition that I will be referring to when I say religion. When I say Religion with a capitol R I am referring to “the service and worship of God, or the supernatural”
So many people argue that prayer in schools should not be allowed, or that Religion should not be taught.
The bible was once used as a textbook in schools. Prayer used to open up the days at school. Christianity used to be taught. Then Darwin came along and suddenly, Evolution is the new lesson in science. Now, teachers must teach Evolution as fact, when it is still a theory. The “Theory of Evolution” by Darwin is what it needs to be called.
Now teaching Creation suddenly became “Religion.” And teaching Religion is a violation of “Constitutional Rights.”
Oftentimes, people overlook the historical context when reading documents. This holds true with the Constitution and Bill of Rights. People always say “separation of Church and State”, “have to have separation of Church and State.” You can’t pray, “that isn’t separation of Church and State” “We need to have Freedom of Religion.” True the founding documentation does call for the “separation of Church and state” but it does not call for the separation of Church FROM state.” Note this difference. The founding fathers had British persecution on the forefront of their minds when this was written. They remembered the government sanctioned Religion persecuting the rest of the religions. They wanted to protect Religion from the government, not the government from Religion.
Today, although no one wants to admit it, the nationally sanctioned Religion is Atheism. Atheism goes along with both definitions that I previously stated. Atheists believe that there is no God or gods. Evolution is promoting Atheism, not teaching any Religions in school promotes Atheism, not allowing prayer in schools promotes Atheism. That CANNOT be allowed. Public schools which are funded by the government, teach evolution which along with being scientifically impossible and unprobable promotes Atheism. The First Amendment states that “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Now if Atheism is both religion and Religion, then making school curriculum teach evolution, which is the Atheist creation story, is promoting it. The taxes of all people of all states goes to paying teachers salaries, and for paying for supplies and aides that help to teach this “Scientific” point of view. That is not acceptable.
I am not saying that evolution should not be taught. I believe that both Evolution and Creation should be taught. I am not saying that prayer should be mandatory in schools, I am saying that student initiated prayer should not be prohibited by any government, school, city, state or national. It is undemocratic of this nation to prohibit the exercise that many people left England to gain. Religion and religion are not only a part of life, but should be a part of learning. We cannot grow up ignorant of Religion. Religion should not be taught from a true or false aspect but from a “this is what Christianity says,” or “this is what Islam teaches,” or “Judaism teaches this ” aspect.
Here are some facts that are PROVEN. Since the feminist revolution, and mothers started going to work the crime rate has increased, the amount of people seeing therapists has risen and the national ranking in many categories has taken a turn for the worst. Since prayer was banned in schools, America has become the leader in divorce rates, homicides, suicides, crime rates, illiteracy, and abortion in either the Western world or the entire world.
I do not want Christian beliefs forced upon anyone, I just don’t want Atheist ones forced upon us either. Teach the secular world view AND the world view of at least some of the major religions. Teach them from an unbiased and impartial point of view. And don’t try to stop students from participating in their Religious or religious beliefs while on campus or anywhere else.
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