WASHINGTON, January 31, 2016 — American kids once recited the Pledge of Allegiance with pride, then paused for a few moments of silent prayer. No one worried a gunman might burst into the classroom and open fire. That happened in other countries where dictators ruled and put Christians in jail for praying in public.
We were safe. We lived in America.
Since then, we’ve elected representatives and presidents who have worked to extricate God and His commandments from our lives, from our schools, from our courtrooms, from public places.
Legislators and judges, smug in their worldly wisdom, rationalize their actions by saying that in the land of the free, no one should be forced to pledge allegiance to the flag and no one should be forced to pray.
What about a child in that same land of the free who is sent home for reading his Bible? Or a teacher who’s out of a job merely for mentioning God to his students? In former, more tolerant years, no one was forced to recite the pledge or to pray. On occasion I myself remained silent, yet was not shunned or punished for participating in my true exercise of freedom.
What is more dangerous to America: Dr. Ben Carson’s faith or the “prayer police?”
Dr. Carson, Republican presidential faith candidate, finds himself in illustrious company. Thomas Jefferson agreed to add “our creator” to America’s founding documents. In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, Jefferson wrote, “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
Also, in Article 3 of his treaty with the Kaskaskia natives, Jefferson agreed to pay federal money to Catholic converts on a yearly basis.
As we are led to remove God from our schools and the public arena, Dr. Phil might very well ask, “So, how’s that working for us?” It isn’t. America is on the wrong path. We see godly men like Ben Carson and Ted Cruz often marginalized in the campaign for their Christian beliefs.
These good men are falling behind in the polls, as others who have chosen to avoid the subject of faith altogether surge ahead.
Here’s a thought.
You’re driving down the road at 55 mph when a deer jumps in front of your car. You swerve, your car leaving skid marks on the pavement.
Your first reaction will probably be, “Thank God nobody was hurt!”
But if more members of the prayer police get elected, don’t say it out loud—especially if you’re on a public highway.