According to the US Census Bureau, as of 2012, 76% of the United States population is self-identified as Christian. Why then have we allowed our country to strip away our religious practices in the public school system?
It was until June 25, 1962 that our nation maintained spirituality in the public school system, and up until then, students would recite this prayer daily:
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.”
It was a simple, yet encompassing prayer, and although many today will make a claim for separation of church and state, I challenge you to examine the Constitution. and you will find that it does NOT mandate a secular policy. We do not have to sit by and let others strip religion from our students.
How did we get here?
There were two landmark court decisions that changed the way prayer was perceived in our school systems; Engel v. Vitale in 1962 and Abington School District v. Schempp in 1963. Two decisions leading to what is now our current prohibition on school-sponsored prayer, and since then, our public school system has lost its fear of God.
I believe our schools have, and are continuing to turn away from righteousness, and now is precisely the time to stand together as one nation, under God, and pray for change at the federal level, so our students may experience prayer in the public school system once again.
Join us April 9, 2016 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC to pray that the Lord lays his hands on our nation’s leaders and guides their policies to bring prayer back into our schools.