The Wit and Wisdom of the Benham Brothers

The Wit and Wisdom of the Benham Brothers May 20, 2015

Jason and David Benham, sons of anti-abortion extremist Flip Benham, are not the brightest bulbs in the sign. One might surmise, in fact, that they share a brain. In their latest Worldnetdaily column they blather ignorantly about the dangers of separation of church and state.

America was built upon a firm foundation, too; yet over the years it has been compromised.

Our first president said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”

Now that is a firm foundation.

Nope. That is a fake quote. George Washington never said it. Doesn’t exactly make a firm foundation for the rest of this nonsense.

Yet today, and over the past few decades, we’ve rejected God and the Bible, and our “wall” is falling as a result.

Take a look at a few of these compromising Supreme Court decisions:

1962: Engel vs. Vitale – prayer removed from school

Up until this decision, schools across America began each day of instruction with prayer – like this one in New York schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers, and our nation.” But this landmark case swept prayer out of our schools.

No it didn’t. Millions of students and teachers pray in school every day, silently or out loud, individually or in groups. What they can’t do is force anyone else to pray. It’s always astonishing to me that these right wingers who scream about freedom and tyranny continue to argue that it’s perfectly constitutional for the government to force school children to recite government-composed prayers. If that isn’t tyranny and a violation of the Establishment Clause, what in the world would be?

1963: Abbington vs. Schemp – Bible reading removed from school

The Holy Bible on which our first president placed his hand to swear his oath of allegiance – the same book used by subsequent presidents for two centuries – was removed from our public schools. Abraham Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Oh boy.

Actually, there’s no evidence that Washington placed his hand on the Bible to swear his oath. It’s a myth. And again, the Bible has not been removed from public schools. Students and teachers read their Bibles in school every day. What they can’t do — I’m sensing a theme here — is force other people to read their holy book. This is a very simple difference to understand and they would instantly grasp it if they were forced to read the Quran or the Dhammapada.

1980: Stone vs. Graham – removal of Ten Commandments from school

After we removed public fellowship with God (prayer and Bible reading), we sought to live without His boundaries – we got rid of the Ten Commandments. The Court’s majority opinion said:

“If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.”

May it never be – our school children obeying the Commandments!

But it isn’t the job of the government to teach religion to children and get them to believe in it. And again, they know this because they would throw a massive tantrum if someone tried to get their children to believe in Islam or Hinduism in school. As always, what they are arguing for is Christian privilege. They want to force their religion on other people, all in the name of “religious freedom.”

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