Lane Demands Mandatory Prayer in Schools

David Lane, the Christian right kingmaker of the Republican party, sent an email to his American Renewal Project mailing list seeking ten members of Congress willing to sponsor a bill overturning the Supreme Court cases prohibiting mandatory Bible reading and prayer in public schools. Because if they can’t force people to pray and read the Bible, the secularists are denying them their rights.

How did America lose its Judeo Christian heritage, and now the by-product — a Christian culture?

Bill Bennett rightly states, “…the two essential questions Plato posed as: Who teaches the children, and what do we teach them?”

The foolish U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1963 — removing prayer and the Bible from public schools on an 8-1 vote — provoked prophetic, lone dissenting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart to thunder, “It led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.”, and gave control of education to the secularists, who have imposed their values, their views, their politics, and their laws on America’s Christian heritage and Christian culture.

The false gods of multiculturalism, political correctness and secularism have produced: red ink as far as the eye can see, homosexuals praying at the Inauguration, 60M babies killed in the womb, the U.S. Supreme Court imposing homosexual marriage on America…judgment is on us; and like Israel, “The sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, so that He sold them into the hands of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the sons of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years….”. Judges 3:7-8

You see this, right? The “adversary” of a Christian nation disconnected the Bible and prayer — the tie-in to God — from public education and America’s children in 1963.

Reestablishing the Bible in public schools is a first step toward regaining our Christian heritage and restoring a Christian culture. God will defend himself.

But remember, these are the same people who scream about big government intruding into the family and taking away religious freedom. Yet here they are advocating that the government be given the authority to force all school children, whether Christian or not, to recite Christian prayers and read the Bible. Because not allowing that violates the rights of Christians to force others to worship as they demand them to. This isn’t just Christian privilege, it’s a demand for an actual theocracy.

He says he wants to find 10 congressmen to sponsor a bill on this, apparently too ignorant to realize that legislation cannot reverse a Supreme Court ruling that declared that very policy unconstitutional.

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  • Alverant

    I noticed the last line, “God will defend himself.” If that’s true then why is Lane speaking out?

  • kantalope

    Why doesn’t he propose a constitutional amendment that will allow forcing people to pray a certain way? I would love to see the text and I would probably laugh myself silly over the reaction from left right and center.

  • Mandatory religion for thee, but not for me.

  • rationalinks

    Didn’t you know, Congress is the all powerful branch of the US Government capable of everything including shutting the whole thing down. Unless Congress does something the fundies don’t agree with, then it’s the President’s fault, because that’s the all powerful branch of the Government…until it’s not.

  • raven

    Making unreasonable demands has worked so well for the Theothuglicans so far.

    1. They said they would destroy the USA if we didn’t repeal the Affordable Care Act. GOP approval ratings have hit a record low of 28%.

    And all David Lane can do is double down. Make xianity the state religion or they will do what? Repeal Social Security and Medicare? Abolish food stamps and let people starve to death?

  • deityfree

    Unfortunately, he will probably have no problem finding 10 congresspeople to help him out.

  • sinned34

    It’s always unfortunate to see people entwine their religion with their sociopathic tendencies.

    That said, I’m starting to wonder if passing a law forcing Bible readings on kids might not be a bad idear, so long as non-Christians get to pick the verses the children have to study.

    I’m thinking stuff like Ezekiel 23:19-20

    “Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.”

  • anubisprime

    Might as well re-write the constitution at the same time…OK Dave?

    Only this time and because of the obvious insanity with which it infects society the re-drafters might leave out the religious articles that protects their existence…so be careful what you wish for Davy baby…you might just end up truly on the outside looking in!

  • raven

    Unfortunately, he will probably have no problem finding 10 congresspeople to help him out.

    He might.

    Congress can’t overrule the Supreme court.

    And freedom of religion isn’t just a law. It’s embedded in our constitution. Congress can’t change that either. IIRC, amending the constitution requires 3/4 of the states to approve any changes.

  • zero6ix

    Oh yes, god will defend himself by influencing a whiny crybaby to throw a hissy fit. Such a dramatic show of power from the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent creator of the universe.

    I’m terrified by the glory of the crybaby!

  • Bill Bennett rightly states,’…the two essential questions Plato posed as: Who teaches the children, and what do we teach them?’

    Well, since Bill brought up Plato

  • As far as I know, the only way Congress can overturn a decision of the US Supreme Court is to pass a Constitutional amendment and get that amendment ratified by 3/4th of the states.

    Then again, conservatives show themselves repeatedly and often to be ignorant of the most basic elements of US civics.

  • Chiroptera

    The false gods of multiculturalism, political correctness and secularism have produced….

    In other words, recognizing that not everyone is a white middle class fundamentalist Protestant man.

    …red ink as far as the eye can see….

    Actually, most of that red ink was produced by “fiscal conservatives” and their tax breaks and open-ended wars based on false information.

  • eric

    That said, I’m starting to wonder if passing a law forcing Bible readings on kids might not be a bad idear, so long as non-Christians get to pick the verses the children have to study.

    I’m a big proponent of “cut the cake” solutions to these sorts of issues. You get to decide how mandatory prayer’s going to be, and I get to decide what the prayer says. And hey, if you think you got the short end of the stick, we can reverse roles.

    Normally, this helps people see their unconscious biases – it makes them realize that their policy solution only works when they (or someone with their opinion) is in control of all facets of government. It shows them that their solution is crappy if the person cutting the cake and the person choosing the slice aren’t both them. In this case, however, I think that sort of lesson is irrelevant – these guys aren’t suffering from sort of mental blind spot, they fully intend for Christians to be both the cutters and pickers.

  • coffeehound

    Christian culture? Would that be Coptic christians, or Pentecostal, Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran,etc, etc,……the moron titer is high in this one.On a related note I would love to see mandatory readings from the Bhaga gavita in public schools in his home city, just to watch his head explode.

  • Eric @14

    Yeah, I have to agree with your last sentence. It’s what really gets me with these Talibangelicals: the notion that you can’t do on public property what you can do on private property somehow denies their rights. They don’t seem to realize that a lot of atheists/humanists would come down like a raging thunderstorm on any government agency trying to stop prayer/worship, etc. on private property. WE believe in liberty, religious freedom (even if the beliefs are pure BS), and the right to pursue one’s own path to… the grave.

  • howardhershey

    It really does seem like the only part of the Constitution these authoritarians like is the part of the 2nd that comes after “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”

  • John Pieret

    BTW, that quote from Potter Stewart in Abington School Dist. v. Schempp is not only incorrect, it’s a quote mine. Here it is in context:

    For a compulsory state educational system so structures a child’s life that if religious exercises are held to be an impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed at an artificial and state-created disadvantage. Viewed in this light, permission of such exercises for those who want them is necessary if the schools are truly to be neutral in the matter of religion. And a refusal to permit religious exercises thus is seen, not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism, or at the least, as government support of the beliefs of those who think that religious exercises should be conducted only in private.

    Stewart also wrote this:

    [A] law which provided for religious exercises during the school day and which contained no excusal provision would obviously be unconstitutionally coercive upon those who did not wish to participate. And even under a law containing an excusal provision, if the exercises were held during the school day, and no equally desirable alternative were provided by the school authorities, the likelihood that children might be under at least some psychological compulsion to participate would be great.

    His point was that voluntary religious activity on school property that was not coerced by the government should be allowed. Of course, that is, in essence, the law presently. Stewart would have allowed the government to organize the activity and, in that regard, I think he was wrong. School authorities in their official capacities are inherently coercive to students. But kids are allowed to pray on school property … and will do so as long as there are pop math quizes.