The Supreme Court v The First Amendment
Some would say the Warren Court disregarded the Free expression of Religion and Free Speech in the Bill of Rights, and this is how the 1962 Supreme Court would treat the Constitution.  They replaced the First Amendment with the phrase "Separation of Church and State".

The Supreme Court v The First Amendment 

Since 1962 the Supreme Court has shreaded the First Amendment's protection of Religious Freedom in American Schools.

Free to Pray Introduction Religious Freedom
Free to Pray

School Prayer Rulings
Court School Rulings 

Impact of Court Rulings on our schools
Impact of Court Rulings: Lower SAT scores, classrooms in chaos

School Shooting skyrocket following Supreme Court Rulings
School Shootings Skyrocketing following the Supreme Court Rulings

Thomas Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptist: The words "Separation of Church and State" appear in Jefferson's letter but his meaning was much different the what todays' Supreme Court says it means.

Prayer Outlawed in Public Schools

From the time the Pilgrims landed in 1620 (who were fleeing Religious percussion in Europe) until the day the "School Prayer" case came to the Supreme Court, the people in America had taught their children to pray in schools without question. It was as the Supreme Court itself who ruled in the 1892 "Church of the Holy Trinity v United States" that America is indeed a Christian nation and that it is logical that the people teach their children about the Christian faith. From Colonial Times until the Twentieth Century school text books such as the New England Primer, Noah Webster's Blue Book Speller and the McGuffey Reader. All three of these widely used textbooks for over a century taught children to read using Biblical references. Even the Bible itself was often used as a text to teach children to read.

Thomas Jefferson 3rd President and acting Superintendent of Schools in Washington D.C.required children to use Bibles in the classroom. He attended Christian Church services in the House Chamber of Congress which was the largest church in the nation at that time. He did not like the music so he instructed the Marine Band to play during services in the House Chamber.  Jefferson who wrote the words 'Separation of Church and State' evidently saw the 'separation' only meant to kept government from meddling in the church, but the church was free to influence government. 

Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence said. "[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.  Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind."

The framers of the Constitution knew that Religious Freedom was very important to the future success of American society and therefore placed Religious Freedom in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. They forbid the government from either establishing a National Religion or the government interfering with the People's right to peacefully worship.

The First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In the 1963 case Murray v Curlett, known as the "School Prayer" case, ACLU appointed attorney Leonard Kerpelman who represented atheist and Communist activist Madalyn O'Hair. Kerpelman made the argument that prayer in the schoolroom violated the principal of "Separation of Church and State" at which point Justice Potter Steward interrupted and asked where this wording appears in the text? Steward knew these words do not appear anywhere in the Constitution or the Bill of rights. Kerpelman was stumped and an embarrassing silence ensued. He finely regained his composure, and said the text was not explicit to this point but has been interpreted to mean so.   

The Supreme Court handed down its ruling on June 17, 1963. After 343 years of no government interference in prayer in schools, the Supreme Court suddenly declared prayers in schools are a violation of the Constitution! What!!? So for 343 years no one in America realized the people were ignoring the Constitution!! How preposterous that the Framers of the Constitution themselves would allow a violation of the Constitution while the ink was still wet on their documents!  . . . . . . The Court fell all over itself to make sure they were not 'creating' a national religion. But the government was not creating a religion. It was only the people freely practicing their faith as Protected by the First Amendment. The Court focused entirely on the "establishment" clause while they entirely ignored the "free exercise" clause in the First Amendment. 

Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist in 1801 to assure them the government would never interfere with their worship. In his letter he assured them the First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between church and State, thus safeguarding their free exercise of religion.  Sadly the Warren Court twisted Jefferson's words to mean the opposite of what he intended. (See Link to the Left to Read the full text of his letter.) 

In the Everson case the Court proclaimed, "the First Amendment has erected a wall between Church and State which must be kept high and impregnable." But these words become pure hollow rhetoric as the Court forcible knocks down that wall and renders the 'free exercise clause' null and void forbidding children to pray or read the Bible in classrooms. The courts actions show contempt for the original meaning of the free exercise clause which is protection from the government.  As Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote in his dissent in the Santa Fe case, "the Court's decision bristles with hostility to all things religious in public life." 

In the Court's flimsy efforts to be 'neutral' to religion in the schools they ruled out all faith's that believe in a Creator God, and forced the children to accept a secular godless religion of Atheism. The court miserably failed to be neutral and instead violated the 'establishment' clause by creating a State sanctioned religion of Atheism.

The Court entirely ignored the purpose of the First Amendment which is to safeguard the People from the Government intrusion. Instead the Government in a heavy handed dictatorial way outlawed that which was protected. It was the tyranny of the few over riding the will of the many.   

The Value of the Ten Commandments

In establishing the American government with its laws of conduct, the Framers looked at many other forms of governments, using many books. In a ten year study conducted by the University of Houston it was determined that the Bible was the most referenced book by the Framers. The Founding Fathers looked to the laws established in the Bible and of great importance is the Ten Commandments.  

The Ten Commandments have been a guiding framework for many societies in Western civilization for many centuries. It instructs children to obey their parents, leading to more peaceful homes, neighborhoods and school as it instills respect for adults in authority. It tells people it is wrong to lie, so in a court room perjury (giving false testimony) is illegal. If you lie about someone in court, the wrong person could go to jail or worse. The Ten Commandments tell us it is wrong to kill someone. In America that is a capital crime. Most societies around the world recognize this truth. Since we no longer teach our children it is against God's law to kill another person, school shooting deaths has skyrocketed. Adultery is also considered wrong by the Ten Commandments, and for most of our history was illegal. The Ten Commandments instruct us it is wrong to steal. Burglary is a felony.  Robing a bank is a felony. Breaking and entering; stealing a person's property means a prison sentence if caught. . . . . So would we not want our children to learn about right and wrong as written in the Ten Commandments? 

In 1980 the Supreme Court doubled down on its attack against God. This time a case came from Kentucky. The state required that classrooms post a copy of the Ten Commandments, as a way to teach children how to be good citizens. 

The Majority wrote: (Stone v Graham 1980) Posting of religious texts on the wall serves no such educational function. If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause of the Constitution."
(But the Ten Commandments is not just a devotional sign it serves an educational purpose about the Laws of our land.) 

The above majority writing is one of the most destructive comments I have ever read. So the highest Court in the land is against teaching children to be good honest peaceful citizens. After decades of not teaching children to obey their parents, not teaching them to lie, cheat, steal, or kill, we have schools where drugs are everywhere, teenage pregnancy is common, and kids are being gunned down at rising alarming rates.  The whole of American society has been drastically harmed as a result of taking Christian moral teaching out of our schools. . . . . As an example, we have had a number U.S. Presidents from both parties openly lie in public on TV to the whole nation, and think nothing of it. When a country is ruled by liars, there is no longer trust in the government, by its citizens or foreign governments. 

Could Have, Should Have, and Still Can Do

In the above cases, the Court could have easily followed the Constitution's directive for both the establishment clause and the free exercise clause by ruling that the government is forbidden to interfere in the worship of its citizens, and at the same time it can not force any citizen to attend worship against his or her free will which would be establishing a religion. As long as the people are voluntarily worshiping God as they see fit, the government has not established anything. So the Court should have instructed the Schools to continue to allow prayer, and Bible reading in the classrooms, but: The parents who objected to their children hearing these prayers or hearing the Bible verses could be excused from the classroom at that time. Or those students could have their own devotional time in accordance to their faith, thus accommodating everyone.  . . . . However, the Court forced the minority (5% atheist) onto the vast majority (about 85% at the time) of Americans who believe in God.  The court made up an unconstitutional "Exception Clause" which they injected into the First Amendment. You are free to worship God "Except" on school property, thus the court "Established" atheism as the National Religion of America. 

Historys' Judgment

In 1819 Thomas Jefferson gave America this warning:

"The Constitution . . . is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please."

Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948), the Court's Chief Justice from 1930 to 1941, declared that:

"We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is."

History will record the actions of the Warren Court as having overturned the protection of Religious Freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Subsequent Courts followed the lead of the Warren court making Atheism the one true religion the government would tolerate and defend.

The results of taking God out of the classroom have had disastrous effects on American schools and society as a whole. Schools have declined academically with SAT score falling for 18 straight years following the 1962 Court's attack on God. Social problems in the schools have skyrocketed with drugs, teen pregnancy, lack of respect for the teachers and kids with weapons. Tragically school shooting started to climb a few years after the School Prayer case. As the court has doubled down on riding society of God, mass shootings across the nation continue to rise. (See Links in left column to SAT scores and school shooting stats.) 

When you remove God from the Classroom you create a spiritual vacuum where evil is then allowed to enter, thus causing great harm to our children. And God has lifted his hand of protection from America's schools.

What the Supreme Court did was Unconstitutional! It established a secular Religion in America which the First Amendment forbids, and it also crossed the Wall of Separation by prohibiting citizens from worship!  So on both counts the Court did not uphold and defend the Constitution. 

"If you oppose God, you oppose America." John Witherspoon signer of the Declaration of Independence & President of Princeton College.

Without God in America this country will fail, turning itself into a lawless state. The Supreme Court has a sovereign mandate to reverse it's dismantling of the First Amendment. Those on the Court who mock and hate God will try to stop the restoration, but those that love God, this country and its' Freedoms will work to restore the First Amendment back to what it was intended to be: Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly, and the right to Petition the Government for redress of grievances. (Which I'm doing here.)   

A Word to Justices Past and Present

Each of you Justices placed your hand on a Bible and swore an oath to God you would uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Some of you took this oath seriously, but I can't help but think others took it as merely a meaningless formality. Some of you think the Constitution is an evolving document that you are free to change as you wish, to redefine laws as you want them to be. Thus, you have become the Legislative Branch of the government making new laws out of thin air at will. Inventing new rights and privileges for some while overturning laws pasted by Congress and the President. Thus 9 unelected men and women run the country contrary to the rule of law. 

One day each of you justices will find yourselves standing in the highest court in the universe, before God all mighty. When you placed your hand on that Bible you took an oath to God, the same one you will be standing in front of. If you knowingly acted against the Constitution of the United States thus doing great harm the citizens of the country you will be judged by God, harshly for your evil deed. His sentence is final and will be for eternity. Facing a sentence to Hell for eternity should scare the daylights out of you. . . . . But I'm sure some of you on the court will just continue to laugh and mock God. So be it, you just condemn yourselves!

* Article V : Any amendments (changes) made to the Constitution requires 2/3's approval of both Houses of Congress and then the proposed Amendment must be ratified by the Legislatures of 3/4's of the states.  You can read a full copy of the Constitution at the end of this Web Site.

Last Update Mar. 2018