Atheist and anti-God organizations like the ACLU have systematically worked to remove all vestiges of God and Christianity from public schools and government facilities. They intentionally ignore America’s Christian foundation and how our Founding Fathers based a large part of our new government upon God’s statutes. Our Founding Fathers quoted from the Bible nearly four times more often than any other source and 34% of their record quotes are taking directly from Scripture.
They ignore the fact that in 1782, Congress officially endorsed the printing of the Bible.
One of the most widely used textbooks used in schools in colonial and early America was The New England Primer. It was first published between 1688 and 1690 by Benjamin Harris of Boston. It was the first reading primer designed for the American colonies and became the most successful educational textbook published in the early days of U.S. history. The 90-page work contained religious maxims, woodcuts, alphabetical assistants, catechisms, and moral lessons. Many of its selections were drawn from the King James Bible.
Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence was a very influential member of our Founding Fathers. He was one of the first public figures to push for free public schools. In 1830, he wrote A Defense of the Use of the Bible in Schools. In that tract, Rush wrote:
“I believe no man was ever early instructed in the truth of the Bible without having been made wiser or better by the early operation of these impressions upon his mind…”
“Contemplating merely the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible, for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism.” (Benjamin Rush, A Defense of the Use of the Bible in Schools, American Tract Society, 1830.)
There are hundreds of other documents and writings from our Founding Fathers that speak of the importance of using the Bible in schools and homes to educate our children and train up the next generation of leaders.
Evidently Anthony Miller, a student in Marion, Ohio feels the same way as our Founding Fathers. When he noticed that a Ten Commandments plaque had been removed from the hallway of his school. Investigating the disappearance of the Ten Commandment plaque, Miller discovered that there had not been any complaints filed concerning the plaque. The school district decided to remove it because of what has been happening in other schools and they just didn’t want any similar problems. Miller knew he had to take action and do something to stand up for what the plaque represented so he decided to go on strike.
Miller told the local news:
“I noticed it early September. I am attending class, because by law I do have to attend class, but I am refusing to participate.”
Another student at the high school has started a petition drive in hopes of getting enough signatures to get the district to put the Ten Commandment plaque back up in the hallway where it was.
As I read about Anthony Miller and his stand for the Ten Commandment plaque, I couldn’t help but think of the words of Founding Father and second President of the United States who envisioned what America could be if we used no other book for our law than the Bible.
“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward almighty God…What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.” (John Adams, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Belknap Press of Harvard Press, Cambridge, MA, 1961, V. III, p. 9.)
Sadly, today’s America is the exact opposite of what Adams dreamed of.