How Atheists Banned Bible, Prayer in School

How atheist O’Hare, Engel, and Schempp banned the Bible & prayer in American Public Schools, that Horace Mann advocated

Madalyn O’Hair, Steven Engel, Ellery Schempp

In Murray v. Curlett in 1960, atheist Madalyn O’Hair sought to prohibit Bible reading in Baltimore public schools. On June 25, 1962, another case, Engel v. Vitale (New York), led the Supreme Court to declare prayer, Bible reading, and the Lord’s Prayer unconstitutional. It involved following non-denominational prayer:

Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our Country.

The ruling on Engle was consolidated with Abington School District v. Schempp (Pennsylvania) in 1963. Students in Abington were forced to read Bible verses.

As a protest, student Ellery Schempp brought a Qur’an and read it instead. He was sent to the principal, and his father, with Civil Liberties Union, sued the school district.


Is it constitutional to ban prayers in school?

The mandatory prayer and reading of scriptures in public classrooms violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. [Khan Academy]

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Declaration of Independence and the Pledge of Allegiance

The founding fathers intended the constitution to remain neutral in matters of faith. However, their religiosity was evident in the Declaration of Independence.

Interestingly, all 50 State Constitutions reference the Judeo-Christian God, although most who wrote it were deists, not theists.

In 1954, “under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. Many Americans then wanted to distinguish America from atheist Marxist-Leninist countries. However, the left-liberal accommodation of the Marxist-atheist Black Lives Matter could change that.

Politics turning to the left, pushing anti-Biblical morals

It was unconstitutional for New York to endorse a specific religion officially. However, it is also constitutional for students to exercise the freedom to pray or talk of Jesus. However, that is not what’s happening today.

America’s politics has turned to the left. Pew statistics show 89% of liberal atheists identify as Democrats. They are the loudest voice in pushing anti-Biblical morals.

Church attendance in the US is declining. While many Christians turn to hypergrace, making the gospel unrecognizable.

Horace Mann’s intention

Horace Mann  (1796–1859) is considered the “Father of the Public School System” in the USA. He was a lawyer and legislator who started the common school movement. Mann advocated a unified school system with a varied curriculum that excluded sectarian instruction.

Horace Mann ensured every American child could receive a basic education funded by local taxes. An integral part of Mann’s advocacy was for the Bible’s moral teachings in school.

Today, the American public school system is plagued by liberal education, rampant shootings, poor teaching methods, and indoctrinating children with LGBTQ books. Interestingly, conservative Asians excel more than Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics combined.

Mann’s advocacy: Bible’s moral teachings be taught in school.


Remove God in school, and you have a failing and decadent American school system

The call for a strong Christian counterculture

In the USA, far-left liberals have successfully removed prayers and even the context of Christmas in public schools. Even if the Bible is the most influential book in the western world, teachers are not allowed to teach its historicity and values.

In the Philippines, the Bible is welcomed in the classroom as a moral compass. The law protects National Bible Month and GMRC (Good Moral and Right Conduct subject).

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