- - Monday, February 17, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The question of whether we are still one nation under God bothers me as much as it bothers Dr. Ben Carson (“Secular progressives can’t keep God out of public life,” Commentary, Feb. 12).

The negative power of the default setting in our schools and media — that once-positive, then neutral and now-hostile attitude toward our Creator — is real.

When I was in public grade school as a child, my teacher read a short verse from Psalms before the Pledge of Allegiance every day. I’m 81 now, and I still remember some of them: “I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help” and “Lift up your heads, oh ye gates, and the King of Glory will come in.”

Almost simultaneous with the increasingly perverted interpretation of the law of separation of church and state was the creation of the Department of Education on the federal level. Until that time the states managed their own education systems with remarkable success.

It is ironic that Jimmy Carter, a Southern Baptist and self-proclaimed Christian, created this department to thank the teachers for their support of his election.

Can anyone disagree that it has been downhill ever since, and that today we are faced with losing succeeding generations to a secular hell? New generations are not being taught at all, and they will not be able to teach their own children.

I believe that the power of a few lines from Scripture, read in the classroom daily, had an incredible power for good, and conversely, the absence of it has had a negative impact that is destroying our country.

Just as Mr. Carter changed the direction on a government level without the consent of the people, we can change it back again to what is vital for the United States. The Founders were right to say that we would be successful as “one nation under God.”

ELIZABETH WARD NOTTRODT

Baltimore

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