About twenty years ago, I produced a story for D. James Kennedy Ministries on the subject of a school prayer case in Santa Fe, Texas.
On the one hand, many parents and ministers were eager to promote godly influence in the school district. On the other hand, the judge ruled against such influence and did so with great hostility.
Here we are twenty years later, and the tragedy of the Santa Fe, Texas shooting is one of the growing number of cases of school shootings. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this massacre.
Here’s the big picture of America: our founders acknowledged our God-given rights. They gave us freedom of religion. They did not want an “establishment of religion” on the federal level. There would be no Church of America, like there is a Church of England.
The founders also wanted the free exercise of religion. That would include the right to pray—yes, in the name of Jesus—even at official events. They believed in this right to the point that the founders hired chaplains for the military and for the legislatures, including the House and Senate.
Furthermore, the founders recognized that the only way our Constitution would work is if the people themselves were virtuous. They said that the way they would be virtuous was through religion practiced on a voluntary basis.
Fast forward to 1947, when Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black reinterpreted the establishment clause to mean that there should be a strict “wall of separation between church and state.” This wall was to be “impregnable. We cannot allow the slightest breach.”
Justice Black based this novel interpretation on an obscure letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to a fellowship of Baptists in Connecticut. Jefferson was in France when the Constitution was written. And he was not present at the adoption of the First Amendment.
Constitutional attorney David Gibbs III, founder and director of the National Center for Life and Liberty, told me in interview on the American church-state debate, “Basically, a letter to a constituent was used to support a brand new legal doctrine that the Supreme Court essentially invented. They said we are going to install this concept of the separation of church and state.”
Gibbs explains what happened next: “And what it really turned into was judicial censorship. The courts would be able to decide when was there an acceptable level of religion and when did it go too far. And over these last years since that ruling in 1947, it’s been a non-stop stream of cases, where the court tries to balance. And if you really look at it, it’s sheer censorship. We, the court, will decide when you’ve crossed the line….Prayer at a school graduation—what’s allowed, what’s not allowed.”
The effect of all this is to kick God out of the public schools. As D. James Kennedy once put it, we’ve removed God from the public schools and in His place we’ve had to install the metal detector. But there aren’t enough detectors around to prevent all the violence.
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