“Creator God, we confess dependence on You and ask for Your blessings on our fellow man and us.” – A Proposed Ecumenical United States Public School Prayer
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” – The United States Pledge of Allegiance
“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to one people to dissolve political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes…” – The Declaration of Independence
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1785.
“Let us united, therefore, in imploring the Supreme Ruler of nations to spread his holy protection over these United States; to turn the machinations of the wicked to the confirming of our Constitution. – George Washington, November 19, 1794.
“Let the religious element in man’s nature be neglected… he becomes the creature of selfish passion and blind fanaticism. On the other hand, the cultivation of religious sentiment represses licentiousness.” – Daniel Webster, July 4, 1851
We are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being…” – Justice William O. Douglas, the United States Supreme Court 1952, Zorach v Clauson
Throughout United States history, our Legislatures, Presidents, and Supreme Courts have practiced religious invocations to open government sessions (see: Town of Greece v. Galloway), authorized public funds for private religious school bussing (see: Everson v. Board of Education), and approved textbooks and university funds to be used to print and publish student religious groups’ publications (see: Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia).
The 1962 Engel vs. Vitale Supreme Court decision to ban prayer in public schools is unconscionable and unconstitutional. The United States has a long constitutional, legal, political, social, and cultural precedent for invoking God’s blessings on our nation. The security of our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness depends on acknowledging that these rights come from Almighty God and not the government. The United States Founding Fathers recognized the importance of Religion and Morality in securing our inalienable rights.
During the past six decades, a new religion has risen to become public education’s established religion, violating the United States Constitution. This new religion confesses to a universe without a Creator, a society without morality, and a government without adherence to Natural Law. This secular religion violates the Constitution of the United States, the spirit of our Founding Fathers, and the United States founding documents.
We appeal to our leaders to return to the United States’ heritage of faith in Nature’s God and Nature’s Laws by permitting public schools to begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a non-sectarian prayer confessing our dependence on God for blessings.
Wade Burleson, President, Istoria Ministries