The Aledo Leader and Willow Park Times (Aledo, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 37, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 11, 1989 Page: 3 of 16
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Wednesday, October 11, 1989
Willow Park Times
The Aledo Leader
Days since God was expelled from school"
TX esPite strong Public protest, on June 25, 1962, the U. S.
■ Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, took the first step
toward overturning the right of students to pray together
verbally in public schools. The final toll for school prayer was
applied by the Court in 1963 in the cases of Abington v. Schempp
and Murray v. Curlett.
Divorces Per.1,000 Total Population
Twenty-seven years have passed since the ruling. Enough statis-
tical records now exist to indicate if prohibiting 39-million students
from praying for themselves, their parents, their teachers, their
country, had any tangible, measurable effect.
The first article examined the area of student life. This article pre-
sents statistics on the second area of prayer "the parents" and will
A Man and a Woman Who Live Together
"The U.S. is at the top of the world's divorce charts on marital breakups.
U S. News and World Report, June 8, 1987, pgs. 68-69.
"The number of divorces tripled each year between 1962 and 1981."
Time, July 13, 1987, pg. 21
Basic data from the Department ot Health and Human Services, Monthly Vital Statistics Report,
Sept. 25, 1986
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Basic data from Statistical Abstracts ot the United States, and the Deparment of Commerce, Census Bureau
focus on how it was possible for prayer to be banished.
How did it happen? Who is really at fault? How, in a nation
where 94 per cent still claim a belief in God, could the public practice
of prayer be excluded? Can we blame the shocking statistics shown
in the graphs on the Justices who made the final ruling?
The finger of accusation cannot be solely point at the Court. It
must also be pointed at the Christian community. Why? The Court's
ruling was simply the result of what the Christian community-at-large
had permitted to occur in the decades immediately preceding the
The nation at its founding was not the nation of 1963. From its
founding, the nation was outspokenly Christian. Historical docu-
ments reveal our Founders believed the best government was a
government built on and including Christian principles. Notice the
excerpts from various state constitutions:
"Everyone appointed to public office must say "I do profess faith
in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Chirst, His only Son, and in
the Holy Ghost, one God and blessed forevermore; and I do acknow-
ledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be given
by divine inspiration..." Delaware Constitution, 1776.
"No person who should deny the being of God, or the truth of
the (Christian) religion or the divine authority of either the Old or
New Testaments, or who should hold religious principles
incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, should be
capable of holding any office or place of trust in the civil government
of this state...." North Carolina Constitution, 1776.
"That morality and piety, rightly ground dn evangelical
principles, would give the best and greatest security to government"
therefore the legislature is empowered to adopt measures "for the
support of and maintenance of public (Christian) teachers of piety,
religion and morality..." New Hampshire Constitution, 1776.
These were constitutions in effect both before and after the U. S.
Constitution was framed and ratified. Can there be doubt that the
authors of these state constitutions, who also became the framers of
the national constitition, believed Christians were more competent to
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govern and maintain freedoms provided by government?
The very freedoms protected by the Constitiution reflect the belief
of Christian politicans. It is only in Christian nations that true indivi-
dual freedoms and choice of religious worship exists. Other religious
(but non-Christian) nations (Islamic, Moslem, Buddhist, etc) are in-
tolerant of other religions. Non-religious nations (socialist, humanis-
tic, communistic, etc) permit neither.
Revered national political leaders, George Washington, and Ben-
jamin Franklin, believed prayer could and would change the course
of the nation. They declared the nation must include prayer in its
national life if it were to maintain any degree of prosperity and suc-
Early sessions in the creation of the US Constititution were
marred by dissension, hopeless deadlocks, and each state's stubborn
adherence to its own selfish desires. The Convention manifested all
the markings of failure; a portion of the New York delegation had
already departed in disgust, others were preparing to follow. It was
obvious that from such a setting, no profitable, lasting solution to the
young nation's future would be found. It was at this poin that then
elder statesman Ben Franklin rose to speak, and quietly said:
"...And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we
imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long
time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this
truth: "that God governs the affairs of man." And if a sparrow cannot
fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can
rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred
Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that
build it. I firmly believe this. 1 also believe that without His
concurring aid, we shall succeed in the political building no better
than the bulders of Babel; we shall be divided.....I therefore beg
leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assitance of
Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly
every morning before we proceed to business....."
The brief remarks marked the turning point for the convention
and the future of the nation. They did stop to.pray, and then, quite
successfully, got on with the business of writing a new Constitution,
which Peter Marshall and Davis Manuel observed:
"..the greatest legal minds of two centuries have continued to
marvel at it as being almost beyond the scope and dimension of
human wisdom. When one stops to consider the enormous problems
the Constitutiion somewhow anticipated and the challenges and
testings it foresaw, that statement appears more understated than
exaggerated. For not even the collective genius of the fledgling
United States of American could claim credit for the fantastic
strength, resilience, balance, and timelessness of the Constitution."
While both our early Christian and early American heritage
demanded involvement of Christians in political areas, somewhere
between the authoring of the Constitution and 1963, the never-
intended-to-be cry of "separation of Christianity and politics" was
The result was prayer and Bible reading was prohibited in major
areas of public affairs: public schools. The effects on family life am
clearly revealed in the graphs. The unique distinctions American
families now hold: (1) Number One is the world in divorces;
(2) Over 10-million families now headed by a single parent; (3) Over
4-million people living together, yet not married.
Allowing Christian principles to be removed from the sphere of
public affairs has resulted in an alarming deterioration of both
national character and stability. As Franklin wrote "He who shall
introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity
will change the face of the world." That it is time for a reintroduc-
tion of such principles is difficult, if not impossible, to deny.
Next: Teacher Changes Since God Was Expelled From School
This is the second article in a four-part series dealing with the effects of
verbal prayer, specifically school prayer. Information in these articles was
adapted from the book America: To Pray Or Not To Pray, written by David
Barton of Aledo, Texas, available from WallBuilder Press, P. O. Box 397,
Aledo, Texas 76008, $8postpaid or at local Christian bookstores.
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Williams, Lon H. The Aledo Leader and Willow Park Times (Aledo, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 37, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 11, 1989, newspaper, October 11, 1989; Aledo, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1099302/m1/3/: accessed July 10, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting East Parker County Genealogy and Historical Society.