Here’s a letter to the editor I wrote that was published in the Harrisburg Patriot-News in July of 2012. Below, I include the information on the Supreme Court rulings that sank our country. And some TV show thought they were being so prescient (“The Newsroom “, or something) back in 2012 when they breathlessly told the country “We’re not number One any more.” I agree – without the obligatory f-bombs – but for the reasons stated below (October 29, 2015)
As a teacher with over 30 years experience in Christian schools, I couldn’t agree more with David E. Lutz and the problems in public education in America – except for the conclusion. The solutions that have been tried won’t work – you could make every teacher get a doctorate and give 100% of the state AND federal budgets completely to the schools, and it wouldn’t solve the problems. That’s because the problems have nothing to do with money or technology or testing or teacher training – the root problem is spiritual. Isn’t it ironic: public schools can’t expel students very easily (if at all – which, by the way, I think they should certainly be able to), but they expelled God. We just passed a sad 50th anniversary – the Engel decision, which threw prayer out of public schools – and we are soon to pass the anniversary of the Abington decision, which threw the Bible out. Is it any wonder the public schools have so many problems? How can we expect God’s blessing on a system that has officially kicked Him out?
Well, in our Christian school, we absolutely depend on God for everything. We couldn’t possibly exist without our Lord and Savior, Jesus. And if America’s public schools want to at least begin to solve their problems, they need to let God back in the front door. Get prayer and Bible reading back in the public schools and they’ll start the process of fixing their “broken cisterns” from Jeremiah 2:13: “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (NIV).
As I’ve said many times, we Christian schools may not have all the answers, but we know the One Who does, and we know where to look – the Bible – to find them.
July 8, 2012
Why We are Cursed as a nation…(2012)
Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case that determined that it is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools.
Argued April 3, 1962
Decided June 25, 1962
Abington Township School District v. Schempp (consolidated with Murray v. Curlett), 374 U.S. 203 (1963), was a United States Supreme Court case argued on February 27–28, 1963 and decided on June 17, 1963. In the case, the Court decided 8–1 in favor of the respondent, Edward Schempp, and declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools in the United States to be unconstitutional.
Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. Decided simultaneously with companion case Doe v. Bolton, the Court ruled that a right to privacy under the due process clause in the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests for regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting the woman’s health. Saying that these state interests become stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the woman’s current trimester of pregnancy.
The Court later rejected Roe’s trimester framework, while affirming Roe’s central holding that a person has a right to abortion until viability. The Roe decision defined “viable” as being “potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid,”