Anyone who has studied history knows the United States of America was founded as a Judeo-Christian nation. You can not read the numerous quotations of our founding fathers without coming to that conclusion. Children learned to read and write using the Bible as their text book. Many American college were founded by Christian orders.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution reflects the understanding by the founding fathers of the importance of faith in the lives of people and nations. The Bill of Rights states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF…”
That seems pretty clear. The Federal government is prohibited from establishing a particular religion and it is prohibited from interfering with individual citizens’ religious activity. So how can a person today be committing a crime by saying grace?
Incredibly, a Santa Rosa Florida high school principal and athletic director are facing criminal contempt charges because they offered a simple prayer of blessing of a meal at a Field House Appreciation Luncheon for adults who helped the field house project. The ACLU filed a law suit which led to the U.S. Attorney prosecuting them criminally for the mealtime prayer. Trial is scheduled to begin on September 17 and if convicted they face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of $5,000.
In addition, the School District agreed to an order fashioned by the ACLU, which essentially bans all employees from engaging in prayer or religious activities, whether before, during, or after school hours. (See www.LC.org for the full story.) How have Americans allowed groups like the ACLU and the courts to flagrantly violate the clear language in the Constitution?
Thomas Jefferson said, "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis - a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God"
One must ask today if the liberties of America are secure? The answer is frightening.