WILL GOVERNMENT REPLACE GOD IN AMERICA?
William E. Dannemeyer
Member of Congress, 1979-1992
In 1962, a decision (6-1) by the U.S. Supreme Court mistakenly interpreted the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to mean that acknowledging the existence of God in the public education system of America did not pass constitutional muster.
Notwithstanding that public sentiment then and now overwhelmingly supports allowing voluntary student-led prayer in public schools (at least 75% of Democrats, Republicans and Independents), Congress has failed to utilize the Constitutional option in Article III, Section 2, to except this subject matter from the jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court. A simple majority in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate would have produced the desired result.
The consequence of this lack of courage and vision on the part of Congress for the past 45 years is that for two generations we have taught students in public schools in America that in effect, God does not exist. He exists all right, but Satan is in control of the political system of America and is happy to observe that the culture of America is now in the sewer.
Not to worry says the current Congress because on February 5, 2007, HR808 was introduced in the House of Representatives with fifty-two original co-sponsors. This bill will establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence.
Paul in First Thessalonians 5:3 properly assessed this current effort:
“Peace, and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman; and they shall not escape.”
This bill is a creation of the Anti-Defamation League, the civil liberties arm of B΄nai B΄rith International. The Department of Peace will emphasize education about hate crimes and prevention. It wants to establish peace between Christianity and homosexuality. Any effort to apply Biblical truth to influence the actions of people will be classified or interpreted as a hate crime.
What is needed at this juncture is not a new $8.39 annual billion addition to the federal bureaucracy but a recognition of what is missing in America. This truth came from the testimony of Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, who addressed the House Judiciary Committee whose remarks included this poem:
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!