The Worldnutdaily is pushing for a major ramping up of the culture wars in an attempt to re-Christianize American culture to avoid violence (never mind that religious belief correlates with higher rates of violence, not less). David Lane of the American Renewal Project starts his crusade with a big ol’ lie:
“How is it possible that violent crime in the United States has surged by more than 460 percent since 1960?” – Joel Rosenberg
It hasn’t, of course. This is a textbook example of how to lie with statistics. You just have to pick your beginning year carefully. 1960 was a low year for violent crime, with a rate of 161 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. That started to go up sharply in 1965, when it jumped over 200, and it went up steadily until the early 90s, to almost 800 violent crimes per 100,000 people. And then it started to go down and it has continued to go down pretty steadily since then. A small jump in 2011 was the first annual rise in two decades. But now that we’ve got the dishonesty out of the way, let’s get to solutions:
In 1963 the disrespectful-of-religion Supreme Court removed the Bible from public schools – by an 8-1 majority vote. “It led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.” – Justice Potter Stewart, the lone dissenter.
You see this, right? The “adversary” of a Christian nation disconnected the tie-in to God from public education – and America’s children – in 1963.
The adversary sheathed the Sword.
Actually, what the court did was rule out mandatory prayer and Bible reading in public schools. Because if it isn’t unconstitutional to force a child to recite a government-written prayer, what possibly could be? I find it amusing that the same people who rant about the evils of government are fine with the government telling their kids how to pray.
America was a Christian nation. The Mayflower Compact declared, “In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, having undertaken – for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith …”
Yes, but the Mayflower Compact didn’t have anything to do with America as any nation at all, Christian or otherwise. It established only a single colony and that colony was a theocracy, not a democracy with anything vaguely resembling religious freedom. We overthrew that colonial rule in 1776 in a little war you might have heard about.
Let’s decide if America is a Christian nation or a pagan nation – and get on with it; the sooner the better.
My intent is to put God, prayer and the Bible back into public schools as a principal component of education. Some experts say it would take 1) a constitutional amendment; others say 2) a simple 50 percent plus 1 vote in the House and Senate (U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 2).
Pick your poison – either approach is fine with me.
Can you picture what America would look like following a decade-long war – a knock-down drag-out – to return God, prayer and the Bible to the public schools? To regain our Christian heritage and re-establish a Christian culture?
Yep. It will look just like it does now, with you saying endlessly stupid things and the rest of us pointing and laughing at you.
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