In reading the book “America’s Godly Heritage” by David Barton, it makes a few points that I would like to cover. It talks about several land mark cases, and then what happens to America after those cases are completed.
1- Prayer is made unconstitutional in public schools
Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962)
The prayer “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.” was said to be Unconstitutional to be uttered in public schools. This made prayer in school illegal.
Wallace v. Jaffree (1985)
The Supreme Court ruled that one minute for prayer or mediation was now unconstitutional
Lee v Weisman (1992)
Court ruled that clergy-led prayer at graduation ceremonies was unconstitutional
Santa Fe ISD v Doe (2000)
Ban of prayer before High School football games.
2- Bible reading in public schools unconstitutional
Abington v. Schempp (1963)
The court ruled that any citation of the Bible in public schools were unconstitutional, even if attendance was voluntary. (This included the Lord’s Prayer)
The courts had completely removed the Bible and Prayer from the schools. They later declared that the 10 commandments could not be displayed, nursery rhymes that made you think of God also were unconstitutional (even if they don’t have the word God in them).
Now lets look at what has happened since they have removed these twoelements from public schools. (If you question wither the founding fathers believed in public prayer, and bible verses in schools, look at school books that the Founding Fathers helped author that were used in the first public schools.) We have seen a decrease in the moral fortitude of the school aged generation. Here are some statistical examples:
Result 1 – Higher number of unwed teen pregnancies.
In 1963 the percent of unwed teen births were 15.7%, in contrast in 2001 the percentage was 78.9%. Prior to the change, from 1940-1963 the highest percentage was 18.4%. Source: US Census
Result 2 – Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Gonorrhea: Age group 10-14) increases.
The rate of Gonorrhea infection per 100,000 was 14 in 1963, and has reached a high of 66 in 1990.
Result 3 – Higher divorce rates
The US now has the highest divorce rate in the World, it is now 4.95 per 1,000 people. Source: NationMaster.com. In 1965 the divorce rate was 2.2 per 1,000 population, it then increased to 5.2 in 1981 and is now at 3.7 in 2004. Source: US Census
Result 4 – Higher number of unmarried couples living together.
In 1970, there were 523,000 and in 2004 there were 5,840,833 unmarried couples living together.