Religion in SchoolsNot doing anything could cost youeverything…
Only 16% of America claim tohave no religions beliefWhy does America allow 16% of the population tomake such an important decision without a fight?In a nation where the majority rules why are theystaying silent? 79% of Americans have a Christian based faith…SPEAK UP! Students of Faith Should be allowed to express themselves without repercussions.
Understanding Church and StateThe separation of church and state is often the back bone for arguing that religionhas no place in public schools…the truth is the separation of church and statesimply states that the “State” wont impose a religious mandate on its students. Itdoes not mean that the church has no place in the state or any state run facilities. The truth is that when it comes to schools, religion was one of the key elements to be taught. In Section 14 act 3 of the Northwest Ordinance; July 13, 1787 it states “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind…” This is just one example of Religion being a key stepping stone to a solid nation
Founding Fathers on ReligionThe Following are quotes by people that set the foundation of our country – “And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington; Farewell Address 1976 “Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct…” – George Washington; Farewell Address 1976 "Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.“ –John Hancock; History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229. "Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.“ – John Adams; Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.
The United States is a diverse nation of religions yet the ones causing thetrouble for student in school are atheist. How can a group that claims to notbelieve in god be offended by him. How can something you don’t believe inupset you? Does the boogie man upset people that don’t believe? Does Santaoffend those that don’t believe? The few that shout about their freedoms being imposed on are the ones that are stomping on the freedoms of the majority.A 16 year old girl in Rhode Island won alawsuit against her school to have aprayer removed from the auditorium,where it has hung for 49 years. Thisprayer was written by student in 1963.What makes her rights more importantthen those of the students that wrote andhung it?
Our Government allows God in every important aspect of this nations Each days session of the Supreme Court starts with the invocation: "God save the United States and this Honorable Court." The National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" contains the words "Praise the Powr that hath made and preserved us a nation." The National Motto is "In God we Trust." The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag contains the words "one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The Declaration of Independence includes the phrase: "with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence."
Stop letting the views a few manipulate the rights of the many.If so many see the importance of Religion in schools then why arethose that practice their freedom of expression being punished. Astand must be made to fix this problem. The voices of so many needto unite so that a whisper across a dining room table becomes adeafening shout that echo off the steps of our congress.
“The best thing you can do is the right thing; the next bestthing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you cando is nothing.” -Theodore RooseveltSo do something, before what you don’t want is already done.
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