When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Oh how so much as transpired since those words were penned. Political correctness has now taken over and no longer is it appropriate to mention God in fear of offending someone. It wasMadalyn Murray O’Hair that in 1962 and 1963 successfully removed God from our nations classrooms. The Supreme Court of the United States handed down it’s decision forty-seven years ago last month. I strongly agree with Gary Bergel and his article Banning Prayer in Public Schools Has Led to America’s Demise. Bergel noted “The New York school children which prompted the Engel vs. Vitale ruling had simply prayed: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers and our nation.”
America has experienced radical decline in each of the four areas which the children’s prayer touched upon: youth, family, education, national life. Minor recovery has occurred only since 1980 when the election of President Reagan brought forth a renewed emphasis on “traditional” values.”
He goes on to say that this violates the third commandment which commands us “not to take the name of the Lord in vain.” By the judicial act of forbidding invocation, the Court audaciously elevated a secularized system of education beyond the authority, reach and blessing of God Himself.”
It was shortly after this became the law of the land that we witnessed America’s descention with the lack of morality displayed by many now that are policy makers in Washington that affect all of us. Now we have a President who failed to hold a National Day of Prayer service at the White House. Obama did deliver a proclamation however, that in itself was challenged by atheist and agnostic’s a like. I agree with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas who stated, “prayer has enriched American public life and inspired us to become a more perfect union and has blessed every day of business in the United States Senate. This year the National Day of Prayer faces a new challenge in the courts,” he said in a written statement. “The case reminds us that our First Amendment freedoms will not survive if we fail to defend them.” I, too can’t remember when America was in more need for a blessing from God. We have dismissed him and yet he continues to see us through the most perilous of times.
~God Bless America~
|“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” –
— Abraham Lincoln