Apparently a large majority of American parents believe that the exclusion of God from the public schools is not very important and has had little effect on how and what Johnny learns. Otherwise, they would not have so easily acquiesced to the takeover of the schools by the atheists. In other words, for many parents God is a meaningless, ineffective, but comforting concept that need not interfere with anything as important as education. After all, atheist teachers are only interested in education, not religion, and they really care about the children in their charge.
But Martin Luther, on the subject of schooling, wrote:
I am afraid that schools will prove to be the gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount.
The truth is that removing God from the public classroom has had a devastating effect on the schools and the children who attend them. Even Thomas Huxley, Charles Darwin’s friend and a champion of evolution, supported teaching the Bible in schools. According to Wikipedia:
Huxley supported the reading of the Bible in schools. This may seem out of step with his agnostic convictions, but he believed that the Bible's significant moral teachings and superb use of language were relevant to English life. "I do not advocate burning your ship to get rid of the cockroaches." However, what Huxley proposed was to create an edited version of the Bible, shorn of "shortcomings and errors ... statements to which men of science absolutely and entirely demur.... These tender children [should] not be taught that which you do not yourselves believe." The Act of Parliament which founded board schools permitted the reading of the Bible, but did not permit any denominational doctrine to be taught.
Here in the United States a school principal could read a passage from the Bible at assemblies until atheists convinced judges to ban the practice. The public schools were never intended to be Protestant parochial schools, but they were expected to teach biblical morality. In those days there were no school shootings or massacres, no widespread depression among students, no distribution of condoms to encourage premarital sex, no ADD, no epidemic of teen suicide.
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