David Whitney, a Christian Reconstructionist affiliated with Michael Peroutka’s Institute on the Constitution, writes about the recent school shooting in Florida and offers up some terrible arguments, starting with the trite old “this wouldn’t happen it they made kids pray in schools like they used to” nonsense.
So then, compare our schools from 60 years ago with the schools we have today. What has happened in those 60 years, since 1958?
Consider the Supreme Court decision known as Engel v. Vitale in 1962 that prohibited public prayer to the One True God in government run schools. Then in 1963 they opined in Abington v. Schempp to prohibit Bible reading in those same institutions. Then in 1980 the court claimed that it was unconstitutional to have the posting of the Ten Commandments in these schools in the case Stone v. Graham. It is also revealing to read an opinion written by the godless Judge Paul Stevens. He says,
“Posting of religious texts on the wall serves no … educational function. If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the children to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey the Commandments … This is not a permissible state objective…”The Ten Commandments of course includes the sixth commandment – “Thou shalt not murder.” Stevens claimed it was not permissible to teach the Commandment “Thou shalt not murder” in the schools.
So take the Bible away, take prayer away, as well as the Ten Commandments, take them completely out of the educational establishment and what has replaced it? Moral relativism. The school refuses to teach that there is any standard of right and wrong and they encourage the student to choose his own standard for himself.
The Ten Commandments also prohibits lying, but that doesn’t seem to stop Whitney from doing that. Stevens did not say it wasn’t permissible to teach kids that murder is wrong in schools, for crying out loud. Have you ever heard of a school that didn’t teach that murder is wrong? But it isn’t wrong because some religious book says it is. And anyone who thinks the schools not teaching the Bible means people will commit mass murder because they don’t know it’s wrong should check the violent crime statistics between the US, with by far the highest rates of Christian belief in the developed world, and countries where Christianity is pretty much irrelevant. The numbers don’t lie.