Separation of Church and Education

Teachers in Augusta, Maine are apparently now subject to the school administration telling who they can or cannot pray for, and, if they happen to mention to a colleague they are praying for them, they will be reprimanded for possibly imposing a “strong religious/spiritual belief system” on the person they prayed for, even if that colleague goes to the same church!  (Family Research Council Washington Update)

I dare contend the same school would not utter a word if the person offering the prayer was anything but Christian in their belief.  When schools at any level ban Bible clubs while allowing prayer rooms and clubs for other religions, or tell their faculty and staff what they can or cannot talk about to each other, they are not following the Constitution, they are violating it.  Constitutional rights don’t disappear at the school door.

Part of the “coaching memorandum” Augusta teacher Tony Richardson received told her “it is imperative that you do not use phrases that integrate public and private belief systems when in public schools.”

Whatever a “public belief system” is, there is no one who can completely disassociate their personal beliefs from their work place, school, family, or any where else.  If you teach at a school that still believes the world is flat, you’re supposed to check your intelligence at the door when you show up for work.  It borders on the absurd.

But the hostility against Christian religions is becoming more and more prevalent every day.  Those who do not believe in God, or those who have differing beliefs to what is called conservative Christian beliefs and values are coming out not only verbally but militantly against Christians.

The biggest lie being presented to Americans in the workplace and schools is “separation of church and state.”  A letter written by Thomas Jefferson January 01, 1802 to the Danbury Baptist Association was published in a Massachusetts newspaper: “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”  Jefferson was quoting the founder of the first Baptist church in America, Roger Williams, who in 1638 founded the First Baptist Church of Providence, Rhode Island.

As was Jefferson, Williams was a champion for the true purpose of preventing the establishment of a state church by the government, as the Massachusetts Bay Colony attempted to do, along with legalizing slavery.  Williams fought against both.  Williams wrote in 1644 he believed it necessary to have “a hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world.”  Any state-run church he considered forced worship and led to corrupted Christianity.

As evidenced by the many recorded accounts of “religious” events held in Congress during the formative years of our nation, the opening prayers before every session, the openly confessed belief that God in His Divine Wisdom would make this country great, there is not nor should be such a thing as “separation of church and state” as held in the current popular belief system.  How different would be the actions of Congress if the members held true moral values, and not simply purveyors of situation ethics?

America is experiencing the results of removing God and religion from our schools, workplace, the military, and the government.  If this country continues down the path it has chosen, perhaps we should all go stand on the corner holding the sign “The End Is Near.”

A better idea is go to church and pray for America.