A Not So Happy Anniversary
Last week our nation celebrated its 236th birthday. Much also swirled last week concerning the Supreme Court decision regarding the Constitutionality of Obamacare. But last week also saw a milestone anniversary for our nation that went completely unnoticed. On June 25, 1962, exactly 50 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled on another case and that ruling has impacted every citizen of our nation each and every day since.
The case was Engel v. Vital, and this was the moment that we as a nation via law and policy politely asked God to leave. The issue of the day was school prayer. The Supreme Court ruled that a simple prayer that children were voluntarily invited to pray was Unconstitutional. Breaking from precedent rulings of the past regarding the place of Christianity within our public schools, the court opened the door to the systematic expulsion of God from the entire public square.
Incidentally, the “illegal” prayer in question, what exactly was in that prayer that was so offensive? In case you forgot or never knew, here it is:
Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.
Amazing isn’t it? A very benign prayer that doesn’t even mention Jesus. A prayer that simply asks for God to bless us. By the way, how has NOT asking for God’s blessings worked out for us? Consider the areas in which we used to asked God to bless: us, our parents, our teachers, our country.
So how have the last five decades worked out for us? The family (parents)? Teachers? Our Country? Better or worse?
Forget the Supreme Court… you be the judge.