Legislation Ignites Effort to Bring God Back to the Classroom

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On July 25, 1962, in the landmark case Engel v. Vitale the U.S. Supreme Court ruled school-sponsored prayer unconstitutional.

The slippery slope was entered when this was allowed and less than one year later the Bible was also removed from the school room.

A strong case has been made showing how the Christian principles used to found our great nation have slowly eroded away due to removing God's presence from our schools.

Here are just a few of the facts which support this premise:

Essentially, in those few months between 1962 and 1963, the legal, ethical, moral and spiritual authority we had voluntarily given to God to bless, guide and lead our country into ever greater individual freedoms for all, was removed and denied to future generations.

Since that landmark case, over half the US states have adopted a 'moment of silence' at the beginning of their school day, recognizing the importance of helping our youth establish a personal spiritual foundation.

You may be surprised to learn that God is not mentioned as a part of the legal definition of "moment of silence." 

"A moment of silence "would require a public school teacher, at the opening of every school day, to conduct a moment of silent meditation with the pupils. The children should take this moment to think as instructed by his or her parent or legal guardian" ("Moment of Silence for New York's Schools"). As Virginia Attorney General Beales wrote, "The act does not require students to do anything or say anything or hear anything. It does not require them to make any gestures or acknowledgment. It only requires them to stay in their seats, to remain silent and not to distract their classmates" (CNN). By doing so, students will realize and appreciate the rights and freedoms that they are granted as citizens of the United States. Furthermore, implementing a moment of silence in schools across the country will increase the morals, ethics, and values in students' lives.

To date, more than half of the states in the U.S. have approved a moment of silence in their public schools. For some, it is mandatory for the schools across their state to hold a moment of silence daily. For others, it has been left to the discretion of the individual districts if they would like to implement this in their schools or not, though across the board it is considered legal."  ~ asknoah.org

Each state has the ability to adopt their own version of how to help our youth return to a spiritual foundation and many have turned to 'moment of silence' as a legal option.

I question if this is far enough or just a way for certain government entities to appease the many who cry out for God's word and God's will to be put back in our schools. A general moment of silence is not nearly enough to undo the damage done and come full circle back into God's full will. But it is a start.

The great state of Florida is next in line to help the public school system come into line with God's blessings for America.

"Florida public school students might soon have a required moment of silence at the start of each day under a measure passed Thursday by the Florida Senate and headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk.

"The Senate voted 32-6 to pass the bill (HB 529), which was approved by the House last month in a 94-24 vote.

"Under the measure, school principals would be required to direct first-period teachers to institute a one- to two-minute moment of silence at the beginning of each day.

"Lawmakers have considered similar proposals in previous years but have not passed them.

"Under the bill, teachers would not be able to "make suggestions as to the nature of any reflection that a student may engage in during the moment of silence," and students "may not interfere with other students' participation."

"The measure also would direct teachers to encourage parents to talk with students about the moment of silence and "to make suggestions as to the best use" of the time.

"Senate sponsor Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, said that part of the measure should alleviate concerns that teachers could influence how students use the silent time.

" "It remains very clear in the wording of this bill that parents and guardians are the ones responsible for a discussion with their child about what's the appropriate content of that time. We don't want that responsibility on the teacher," Baxley said.

"Opponents of the measure have argued that mandating a moment of silence in public schools blurs the line between church and state.

" "It would be a good thing if we could all take a moment of silence every day and reflect and meditate a little bit on things that are important to us. However, the framers of our Constitution were very careful to separate church and state," said Senate Minority Leader Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point.

"Sen. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, raised a concern about children who aren't religious potentially being made uncomfortable by other students who choose to pray during the moment of silence.

" "I understand that this is a moment of silence, but I also want us all to think about what could happen in a moment of silence. Could children take out rosaries and start doing the sign of the cross and [make] other children feel uncomfortable? Could a child take out a prayer rug and start using a prayer rug?" Berman said.

"Other Democrats supported the bill, with some drawing on personal experiences.

"Sen. Victor Torres, D-Kissimmee, said he used a moment of silence to reflect when he attended school in New York as a child.

" "I feel that it gives the teacher and the students a chance to reflect, and whichever religion you believe in, that's your right," Torres said.

"Baxley argued that the measure is aimed at giving school children a silent, uninterrupted moment "just to stop and reflect."

" "However you use it, just ... be still and listen and reflect before you start a day's activity. I just read a piece about where they're proposing this in business operations — because the world's in chaos," Baxley said."

News Service of Florida - 22 Apr 21

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"The State is teaching second graders "restorative justice.". High schoolers are instructed that their families "reinforce racist/homophobic prejudices." Government officials – teachers and school board members – are targeting parents for their opposition to the teachings of critical race theory.

"And we grovel to the State, begging them to make it stop.

"This is not the profile of a free people."

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    Peggy · 1 years ago
    Great article. Things like this really highlight how desperate the dims are to keep people from even worshipping God in a silent way. So what if they take out a rosary or a pray rug. That simply would not hurt anyone and I do not see anyway this would or should make any other student uncomfortable. And if that was the case the uncomfortable student could be allowed to have their moment of silence out in the hallway.
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    Beverly · 1 years ago
    In establishing a spiritual foundation for our children, I believe it is the responsibility of the family of origin.
    The schools can serve to reinforce what a young mind, heart and soul already has learned at home.
    Let us pray the adults in a child's world align with the heart and good will of God in all his forms. They then can pass those beliefs along our youth and let it be reinforced outside the home when possible.
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