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-‘God’ the New 4-Letter Word in American Schools?

by Dr. D ~ February 25th, 2009

(Run time- 6:54)

A great Video commentary by John Whitehead on religion in American public schools–well worth 6 minutes and 54 seconds of your time.

Found this on OneNewsNow. John Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute, is quoted in an interview:

“God has become THE four-letter word in most public schools in the United States, … An elite segment of society that views God as irrelevant has come to predominate.”

“What’s happened is [that] the elitists — the people who run American society, from the public education system to certain governmental institutions and figures — have basically decided that God is irrelevant to public discussion, …This ignores the 120 million-plus people in America who take their religion seriously, [who] practice it, and who pay taxes to support institutions like the public schools.”

“The issue in such instances is the religious believer versus the secular state,” he writes. “It is also a denial of everything this country stands for in terms of the freedoms of speech, religion, and a respect for moral tradition.”

Response: We are getting to a point in this country where nearly everything and every religion can be presented and talked about in American public schools except traditional Christianity and the God of the Bible.

I have even read about numerous instances and complaints where teachers have shown ‘R’ rated movies as a teaching tool.

Also, I have read about a number of cases where different schools across the country have provided a separate room and time out of the classroom for Muslim students to say their prayers. While the same schools have denied equal access for Christian students for worship or Bible study–or even to have a Bible on campus or talk about God.

It is really remarkable how in one generation “freedom of religion” has been turned on its head to mean “no public display of Christianity”.  When I was in public elementary school in the 50’s, every school day started with a prayer, a scripture, and the pledge–“one nation under God…”.            *Top

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5 Responses to -‘God’ the New 4-Letter Word in American Schools?

  1. Marcus Goodyear

    As a public school teacher for ten years, I certainly didn’t find this to be the case.

    I was completely open about my faith, but I never urged it on students. I simply shared it with them the way I would share any other part of my life. It didn’t come up often because the task at hand was teaching them to read and write with integrity.

    But it did come up. I found if I was faithful to my primary duty of teaching them to read and write, I received grace from them in sharing bits of myself when appropriate.

  2. Dr. D

    Thanks Marcus for sharing–that is good to hear. I hope that this is not the case everywhere, I certainly hope that sanity and common sense still reigns in most schools and districts across the country.

    However, there seems to be more and more situations where folks like the Rutherford Inst. and out here the Pacific justice int. are kept busy in legal support for Christians.

  3. Rodney Olsen

    I would suggest that this kind of attitude is not just alive in America but in many countries around the globe.

    We are certainly seeing resistance to Christian thought in Australia.

  4. Dr. D

    That is unfortunate Rodney, but seems to be true in all the ‘Western’ countries. Thanks for the visit and comments.

  5. JoAndrew

    This was one of the things that shocked me when I first came to America. I’m a native of the Philippines and our schools system (although it’s said to be crude by some) does not hinder us from practicing our respective beliefs. We respect each others religion be it Christian, Protestant, Muslim or even those who are non-sectarians. I consider myself very lucky, coming from a Christian (Catholic) country even if it’s categorized as a third world. America is known to be the land of the free and the land of equality however this being the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if wide spread racism still exists amongst the “PURE” citizens of the country. Sad, very sad…

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