Prayer and Religion in Schools

I recently found an article titled “Letter: Return Bible, Prayer to School”that caught my attention.  In it the author, Tim Baker, states ”

Bible reading should be reinstated back into public schools simply because it would give our students and teachers a sound moral foundation. Ever since 1962, we have seen an unprecedented rise in crime and immorality that the human mind cannot comprehend.

The Bible teaches us that, “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). If we would go back to the mental and spiritual foundations upon which America was founded then America would once again be a prosperous and blessed nation

While I feel that students should be able to read the Bible and pray openly in school, and teachers to a lesser degree, I don’t feel like it should be a cornerstone of public education.  It shouldn’t be part of homeroom, assemblies, etc.  Good behavior, moral living, and following the “Golden Rule” shouldn’t be contingent upon Christian faith.  But more than that, why is it the schools responsibility?  Are parents not responsible for the moral development of their children?

What about churches?  Isn’t their existence for the moral guidance of the community and teaching the gospel commission?

And if the moral deterioration of our society can be laid solely on removing religion from the school system, how do you explain all the moral failings of those who are already professed Christians?

Removing religion from school was no more the downfall of American society anymore than it’s McDonald’s fault for childhood obesity.  If you want to blame anyone, blame churches for not teaching the Bible anymore.  Just Google it; and study after study shows a higher percentage of Atheists know the Bible over Christians.  Pastors preach about how to vote and what doctrines are instrumental for righteousness.  They don’t go over the stories or teach what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

I’m a Christian father and I don’t want a teacher telling my son what to believe, whether they’re a Christian, Muslim, or Atheist (and yes, Atheist teachers have a responsibility to shut up about what they don’t believe too. Just teach your class).  If my son murders, rapes, steals, or just get’s fat and lazy; I’ve failed as a parent.  I can’t, and won’t blame his math teacher.



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