Moral issues abound in our society. Prayer in a public school has become a hot topic and one of contention for so many. Supposedly, it is unconstitutional to pray in school in any setting, yet our publicly elected officials open their sessions with prayer as has been the tradition of this country since it’s conception. So, why is prayer at a sixth grade graduation or any other graduation such a negative hot topic?
Other moral issues are pushed onto children in schools at the protest of their parents with little or no attention given to “getting rid of it”. An example is sex education for second graders on up, which has come to include moral subjects such as the gay issue, which is far from settled yet is pushed onto school children as if it is a secular issue. Both of these issues are moral issues, whether the so-called “adults” overseeing the public school system are willing to admit it or not.
It seems that if the issue goes against Christian values then it must be pushed onto the American people. The easiest way to push a moral issue onto a society is through the captive child in a public school. Education is the avenue those wishing to change the moral compass of our society have wisely chosen to use. Parents, grandparents and even church leaders have sat by and let it happen.
Arkansas has seen how an attack from an out-of-state organization can produce the canceling of one sixth-grade graduation because they disagreed with a prayer that was to be prayed during the ceremony. One parent, Kelly Adams, said,
“’As Christians – and a mainly Christian town – I think, there were a lot of people hurt that our rights were taken away,’ Adams told television station KAIT. ‘A lot of people were upset. A lot of moms were really upset and I was very upset,’ and ‘We’re not trying to be pushy or ugly to anybody,’ she said. ‘We just want them to know there is a God who loves them,’” according to Fox News.
Our first Amendment to the constitution says that Congress can’t make a law “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion, which would include our freedom to have prayer, “or abridging the freedom of speech”, which also would include freedom to pray out loud. Then you can keep reading and it says, “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble” which would include a peaceful graduation ceremony. No mob-like prayer was planned, it was a peaceful exercise of faith. It would seem people misread the first amendment and read it to say that only the press have freedom of speech. Here is how it reads,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or of the right of people to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
“Respecting an establishment of religion” is the part of the law which fringe groups like “Freedom From Religion” focus in on and have successfully used in court to say that prayer or any expression of a particular religion cannot be allowed in a government owned and operated setting. They have come to refer to this as the “Establishment Clause”. However, this ruse has conveniently left out the whole of the law (and as we all should know by now a half truth presented as the whole truth is still just a lie). The law states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. It does not say that an individual or group of individuals employed in government or otherwise cannot respect an establishment of religion if they so freely choose. In fact, the very next clause of the law plainly covers the protection of this freedom: “or restricting the free exercise thereof”.
So, obviously this does not mean that the government can’t allow religious groups to play a part in public schools, because prohibiting the free exercise cancels that misinterpretation of the first amendment. Everyone who understands the history of the United States remembers that there was a war between the early settlers and the King of England. These early settlers were fighting being told what “state” church they had to attend among other things. They wanted freedom. The second part of the first line of the first amendment clears it all up.
How does an out-of-state organization, namely the “Freedom From Religion Foundation” have any say in the first place? Have parents lost all influence over their publicly schooled children? If America is truly a “democracy” (which was designed as a democratic republic but has been deemed only a democracy by the press in recent years) then it is supposed to be a government by-the-people and for-the- people. So, then how are a few controlling everyone else? It is because Americans let those who have the nerve to overpower them do so.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation said,
“’It makes no difference how many families want prayer or wouldn’t be offended by prayer at their graduation ceremony,’ wrote FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott. ‘The Supreme Court has settled this matter – school graduations must be secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students.’” (Fox News)
Some in the government are misrepresenting the constitution by changing freedom “of” religion to freedom “from” religion. Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government over grievances are all covered by the first Amendment. It is an amendment that was put in place to insure freedom and not take it away.
Who you vote for does matter. Political leaders and judges can and will at this point either stand up for the Constitution as it was intended or they will misrepresent it in order to be “politically correct”. That politically correctness is set by liberals who want to change the order of things in the United States to suit their agendas. Who gets hurt? Everyone does in the end. Freedom will only be for the few who do not like Christian values and are willing to force those who do to go against what they believe even though our founding fathers fought with their blood to give us a secure government designed to protect our freedom.
Each day we slip a little closer to full fledged tyranny by those who hate Christianity and God. Christians must “be” like Christ. Be bold, and stand up for what is right. You do this at the local and state levels. Get involved and show your backbones. Be who you are in Christ — led by the spirit. “For as many as are led by the Spirit, they are the sons of God.”(Romans8:14) Does the task seem too large? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”(Philippians 4:13) Don’t let freedom slip away. It happens when good people do nothing.
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