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Darrell Scott's words before Congress
An Outline History of
Religion in American Schools
The New England PRIMER taught children to read and write, and also what was wrong or right.
Why I made this WEB Site
For a number of years I have had the uneasy feeling that something was wrong in our public schools. In the late 90's, the nation was shocked by a number of school shooting across the country. What was causing all this violence in our schools? Darrell Scott spoke before Congress and his insight to the source of this violence is very profound. Read Darrell Scott's words before Congress.
Before the government removed God from our public schools, we had one of the best school systems in the world. Schools were a safe place for kids to go and learn. I graduated from high school 2 months before the Supreme Court banned prayer in the public schools. In 1992 I met with one of my favorite college professors. In talking with him about the students he has had over the years, he made the following observation. Your class was the best class I ever taught and each year after that we saw a decline in student performance. Forty years later our schools are ranked at or near the bottom of the Industrialized Nations of the world.
One day one of my daughters told me that the school counselor had said that she did not have to listen to her parents: she is free to choose for herself as she pleases. The Bible teaches "children to obey your parents"; thus the school counselor was directly opposing the law of the Ten Commandments. This is the philosophy of "if it feels good, do it", where everyone is free to make their own rules. When everyone starts making their own rules conflicts are sure to follow and society soon crumbles into chaos. Jacques Ellul writes, "there has never been a society without a moral code." The rejection of the moral code means, there are no rules, no right or wrong, that there can be no restraint on immorality and no limits to its spread. Lacking a realization of what is right or wrong leads to moral bankrupt people like Ken Lay of Enron fame. As a tax payer I object to my children being taught, atheistic ideology in our public schools.
How does God relate to Schools and Society?
Can man live without God? Ravi Zacharias warns that we can live apart from God and His divine order only if we are prepared for the turmoil that will necessarily ensue. In his book he writes "When man lives apart from God, chaos is the norm." When we turn to God we can put the pieces of life back together.
In the past, nations have turned away from God; relying on man's own attempt to create a Utopia here on Earth. The Nazi's of Germany tried to create a super Nordic race. Tens of millions of men, women and children died in this experiment. In Stalin's Godless Soviet Society more then 50 million lost their lives. More recently in Pol Pot's Cambodia a million died. The French Enlightenment of the eighteenth century lead to "The Reign of Terror." as the French closed churches across the nation.
Today, in the United States, a number of groups and organizations are steadily working to remove God from our society. I believe that removing God from our society will have disastrous effects on our Nation, our Liberty and our Freedoms. The above examples of history show a bleak path which, we as a nation, are on.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, and winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize, once overheard an old peasant in the misery of Stalin's Soviet Union say,
Last Update Nov. 2011