When God Left the Classroom

Tenscore and many years ago, our Fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in free speech and dedicated to the proposition that God should never cross state lines.

Of course, the great Abraham Lincoln never said any such thing.  But when you think about it, it is really not as preposterous as it sounds.

When we baby-boomers were kids, we started each and every day of our elementary-school education with a nondenominational prayer.  It felt so safe, so familiar, so secure.  It was simply a statement that Something in this world was bigger than we were and that Someone up there was watching over us.  Being nondenominational, no mention was made of what each child called a Father in heaven.  To a little kid in elementary school, it didn't matter.  Each child knew what the Deity was called in his or her life, and this prayer was simply an extension of what kids were taught at home.

Then came a new wave in America.  God became taboo; every group in this country not represented by a religious organization rebelled and fought to keep God out of the public schools.  They didn't need Him anymore.  They had their own agendas and felt secure that these private aims would replace any need to recognize anything higher in this world than a spaceship.

Today, we reap the benefits of such futuristic thinking.  Today, instead of praying for a minute or less in the mornings, kids have other school-sanctioned ideas to look forward to during their day.

Today, instead of a Father in Heaven, schools fight to teach sex and sexuality to children in nursery school.  Today, by the time a child enters kindergarten, he knows things that his grandparents didn't know even in high school.  Today, instead of a father in heaven, school districts are fighting to replace the one father with the concept that some children have two fathers.

Today, instead of God being in the heavens, students are preoccupied with the question of where the morning-after pills reside in the school building.  Worship of God used to be free.  Now, free birth control seems to be the item of the minute.

A mommy used to be the super-person who did everything in a child's life.  Today, that matriarch has multiplied.  Instead of respecting a Deity, we are supposed to teach our kids to respect Heather's two mommies.

I remember walking home from school on a cold, crisp day and thinking about the day at school or my friends, or just daydreaming.  About what?  Who remembers?  Today, when a child walks home from school, he is either a conformist or a fugitive.  Either he is going to buy drugs or is avoiding the drug pusher.  Either he is looking forward to an interpersonal liaison or running from people who want to force him into one.  Either he walks down the street with a smile on his face because he is secure with the "piece" he has in his pocket, or he has learned to run home fast at a very young age, praying (whoops!) that he will reach his front door with a speed faster than a flying bullet.

There was a time in this world when things that were taken away were replaced.  Perhaps it is still that way with some things.  However, when it comes to a God -- Something or Someone that is superior and represents a feeling of security -- we have replaced the concept with fear, psychological problems, and despair.

Is this what the baby-boomers want for the next generation that will someday run our businesses, our country, our lives?  Was the idea of God in the classroom for a minute or less a day so repulsive that it had to be replaced with birth control, drugs, promiscuity, guns, and alternative lifestyles?  Or are these the very reason why God was thrown out?

It is obvious to me that you can't have these ideas and the concept of one Father watching over us in the same building.  We are paying a lot for our new lifestyles and for the confused, illiterate youngsters coming out of our nation's public schools.  The only reason I can think of for justifying that move, considering all the replacements that have been made, is that our new school lifestyle is totally incongruous with the existence of a Deity of any kind in a classroom.

When I look around at all the things going wrong, all I can think is "congratulations, all futuristic thinkers.  You have made a royal mess of things, and you were too free-thinking to give a damn!"

And here we are on the brink of an election.  The dreams of someone's father and the futuristic dreams of leftists has brought us to a point where there are no jobs, no money for colleges and grad schools, and medical care soon to be determined by a bureaucrat instead of your doctor.  Making a mess of things wasn't good enough.  They had to destroy beyond recognition the world where a little girl had the right to walk along on a brisk day and daydream. 

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