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The danger of Prayer
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American school children used to pray a prayer in school: ‘Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.’ This was regarded as such a danger to schoolchildren and to society, that in a series of courtcases, (1962, 1963) namely Engel vs Vitale, Murray vs Curlett and Abington vs Schempp, the Supreme Court forbade the free exercise of voluntary prayer or Bible reading in public schools (America, to pray or not, David Barton, Wallbuilder Press, 1988, p 11,12).
Instead of the morality and happiness of schoolchildren improving when the ‘danger’ of prayer was removed, just the opposite happened. This can be seen in the statistics supplied by David Barton. Birthrates per 1000 unwed girls went up from 15 to 32.5 from 1962 to 1987. Pregnancies escalated. Sexually transmitted diseases like Gonorrhea went from 14 per 100000 to 42.5 from 1962 to 1983 (in the age group 10-14 years). In the age group 15-19 it went from 400 to roughly 1100 per 100000. This shows how sexual activity among girls increased.
A study was done to determine what boys thought about rape: 65% said it was okay to rape her if he had been dating her for 6 to 12 months (Study by Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center, released through the Providence Journal Bulletin, May 1, 1988).
One of the premier indicators of student achievement is the SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test. Before religious principles where removed from schools the total SAT scores were 980 points (1962). By 1990 they had dropped to 900. Verbal scores and Maths scores showed about the same decrease.
Before the ban on religious teaching in education, common problems in schools were: talking, chewing gum, making a noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothing, not putting paper in wastebaskets (USA Today, Sept, 1985. Also Christian School Comment, Vol 19, no 3). Now it is rape, robbery, assault, burglary, arson, bombings, murder, suicide, absenteeism, vandalism, drug and alcohol abuse, gang warfare, pregnancies, abortions, venereal disease (Ibid).
George Washington, in his farewell speech to the American nation, said: ‘And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality may be maintained without religion. ... Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle (JD Richardson, A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897, Vol 1, p 220). It seems as if history proved him right.
Can all the problems in schools be attributed to the removal of prayer and other christian religious activities? (In Alaskan public schools, students were told they could not use the word ‘Christmas” in school because it had the word “Christ” in it, nor could they have the word in their notebooks, nor exchange Christmas cards or presents, nor display anything with the word “Christmas” on it - W J Murray, America without God, The New American, June 20, 1988, p 19) This was followed in secular life with an aggressive promotion of secular values.
Choose for yourself if this is what you want for your dearly loved children: drugs, suicide, murder, pregnancies, abortions. Atheists may say they are moral, and we try to believe them. It is just that statistics tell another tale.
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