- - Sunday, January 24, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“Kicking God out of school” (Web, Jan. 10) tells the disturbing tale of the legal director of the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union calling on Glenview Elementary School in Haddon Heights, N.J., to stop saying “God bless America,” in honor of first responders and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

It is beyond absurd that prayer, the lifting of mind and heart to God, is forbidden by rulings of the judicial branch of the government. Rather than an apparently forced moral ‘nothingness,’ there should be daily prayer by all in every school.

Virtually every day it seems there are reports of students killing other students, committing sexual assaults, bullying their peers to point of suicide, and a general total lack of discipline. Still standing tall is the first law of the land, in which the Founding Fathers wrote for our nation that there is a God, a Creator who endows us each with “Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness,” and a second law of the land whose structure is to preserve and perpetuate this.

And there are the words of individuals Founding Fathers on this subject. James Madison said: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”

It may be too late, but school boards nationwide must follow the direction of Mr. Madison, architect of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the moral code established in the first law of the land by Mr. Jefferson. There should be no interpreting and no proselytizing. Leave God’s Ten Commandments alone.

TOM PIERPOINT

Woodbridge

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