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Our government was based on religious principles from the very beginning. The 10 Commandments are the foundation of our moral government.
Having religious principles does not mean that they wanted to use the government to force religion on the country. The ratification of the constitution by the states was held up because it didn't have a written list of basic rights that couldn't be taken away. The very first line in the Bill of Rights reads "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". After these were assured only then was the constitution ratified.
Since the court outlawed prayer, the nation has been in steady moral decline. Former Secretary of Education William Bennett revealed in his cultural indexes that between 1960 and 1990 there was a steady moral decline. During this period divorce double, teenage pregnancy went up 200%, teen suicide increased 300%, child abuse reached an all-time high, violent crime went up 500% and abortion increased 1000%. There is a strong correlation between the expulsion of prayer from our schools and the decline in morality.
If you go back the other way in time, do you find higher morals in slavery, or our treatment of Indians, or more recently, Jim Crow laws in the South, or official discrimination against women or children being used as cheap labor?
Census Bureau reports that 63 percent of the population claims church
membership, a figure that has remained virtually unchanged since the 1960
The BILL OF RIGHTS was designed to protect the minorities basic rights from the majority. In the case of religion "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". It says its against the constitution to prohibit free exercise of religion. Free is a key word here, state supported religion is not "FREE EXERCISE" its "FORCED RELIGION" and that is prohibited.
Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., a cheerleader for the measure, reportedly said that if the Ten Commandments had been posted at Columbine, the shootings would never have taken place.
The boy who shot six of his fellow students in Barr's home state of Georgia had attended a church service the night before.
The book of EXODUS has two completely different versions of the 10 Commandments. EXODUS 20 and EXODUS 34. One Commandment that is common to both versions is keeping the Sabbath. In EXODUS 35 Moses tells the people that those who break the Sabbath, even lighting a fire in their homes, should be put to death. Will this Commandment teach our kids about ignoring inconvenient rules?
All that we would like to do is give the kids a foundation for moral behavior. This is not an evil conspiracy, its an attempt to make things better and safer for all kids.
"This is about the government playing favorites and saying Judaism and Christianity are the appropriate religions and everyone else is wrong," explains Peter Eliasberg, an ACLU attorney. "That's not moral guidance, it's dividing the people on the basis of religion."
The 1st Commandment says "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me". I believe some reasonable people might consider this "establishment of religion".