America's foundation

Heather - posted on 03/12/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I got this in an e-mail today and wanted to share it with you all.

OUR REAL ROOTS:

This is one e-mail that needs to be shared. But then, we may already be too late. God help us.

Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.


It is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.


Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, "Give me liberty or give me death." But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he said: "An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."


These sentences have been erased from our textbooks.


Was Patrick Henry a Christian? The following year, 1776, he wrote this "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."


Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well- worn Bible: "I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also."





Consider these words from George Washington, the Father of our Nation, in his farewell speech on September 19, 1796:


"It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."


Was George Washington a Christian? Consider these words from his personal prayer book: "Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ."


Consider these words by John Adams, our second president, who also served as chairman of the American Bible Society.


In an address to military leaders he said, "We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."


How about our first Court Justice, John Jay?


He stated that when we select our national leaders, if we are to preserve our Nation, we must select Christians. "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."


John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, was the sixth U.S. President.


He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role. On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."


Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, "The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."


In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: "The congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."


William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the "Schoolmaster of the Nation."


Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: "The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology."


Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first.


Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures:


"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Proverbs 2:3)."


For over 100 years, more than 50% of all Harvard graduates were pastors!


It is clear from history that the Bible and the Christian faith, were foundational in our educational and judicial system. However in 1947, there was a radical change of direction in the Supreme Court.


Here is the prayer that was banished:


"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee. We beg Thy blessings upon us and our parents and our teachers and our country.


Amen."


In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading was outlawed as unconstitutional in the public school system. The court offered this justification: "If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could and have been psychologically harmful to children."




Bible reading was now unconstitutional , though the Bible was quoted 94 percent of the time by those who wrote our constitution and shaped our Nation and its system of education and justice and government.


In 1965, the Courts denied as unconstitutional the rights of a student in the public school cafeteria to bow his head and pray audibly for his food.


In 1980, Stone vs. Graham outlawed the Ten Commandments in our public schools.


The Supreme Court said this: "If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments were to have any effect at all, it would be to induce school children to read them. And if they read them, meditated upon them, and perhaps venerated and observed them, this is not a permissible objective."


Is it not a permissible objective to allow our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments?


James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this: "We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."


Today we are asking God to bless America. But how can He bless a Nation that has departed so far from Him?


Most of what you read in this article has been erased from our textbooks. Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our country's Christian roots.

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Shannon - posted on 08/24/2009

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Maybe you would be interested in joining my community on Circle of Moms. The name is "Devotionals for mothers and others" I am hoping it will be a safe and encouraging place where we can be uplifting to one another and share stories. It is a fairly new community and I hope you will check it out. Oh, BTW, make sure you enter my Funny Face Photo Contest! Be blessed, Shannon Gipson

April - posted on 03/24/2009

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just a quick note: our bible study class discussed the 5th commandment recently, and what God says about our respect toward our government and civil duties. We tend to talk about this country being founded on christian beliefs and laws, BUT this country was founded in direct opposition of what God says we should do. Read Romans 13:1-7. What would God say about the American Revolution? Or the civil war for that matter? And how our country's forefathers actually went against God's word when we went to war with England, and later, with ourselves. The country's leaders were not exactly the example of christian living I would want to follow with regards to treatment of women and children as property, slave holding, and human rights issues regarding their treatment of the american indians when they wanted to convert them to christianity



I am thrilled that my children can recite the pledge of allegience in school, as well as the Lord's prayer, etc... because we are fortunate enough to have an affordable school connected with our church for them to go to. I don't have a problem with the separation of church and state in theory, it was meant to protect both the state and the church-BUT it is when it goes to the extreme of orgs. like the FFR that think they should not have to put up with anyone praying anywhere or putting anything religious where they might accidentally see it. That is the sad thing I see happening in public schools, I think we need to work together to let government know that they are supposed to protect people of ALL religions, not just the politically correct ones that get them the votes! That is just completely gotten out of hand where you may not pray quietly over your meal at school or wear a cross necklace! that being said, church and school are great places to learn about God's blessings, but it ultimately comes back to US AS PARENTS to teach them the word.

Heather - posted on 03/19/2009

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Shelly - posted on 03/18/2009

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Heather,



  Your right about how out of control it has gotten but thats not the part that I was refering to it is the 9 principals and 12 values I was talking about and the sad thing about this web site is people are not practicing them which is very sad because when this web site was started it was for you to express what you would do to get back to that feeling you had on 09/12/01 that feeling of being proud to be an american that feeling of you need to do what ever it takes to stand up for what you believe in and people have made it something all together wrong...It is the 9 principals and 12 values that made this country great and now we have leaders that are trying to tear that down and we as  "The People" need to take back our country and bring it back in line with what our fore fathers meant it to be...I'm surprised we haven't had earth quakes all over this country from them rolling over in thier graves!!!!   There are a couple of books out there that everyone needs to read one is "The real George Washington and the other is "5000 year leap"  you might be surprised at what you will learn from them I now have my children reading them!!!  They are a great resource for our real history in this country instead of the white wash job that some want to protray... It really kind of scared me on how much I didn't know and how much wrong information I was taught in our public school!!  If you can find them take the time to read them...You might learn some real history!!  And no I wouldn't recomend that web site for the blog part just the principals and values... 

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2009

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You know my daughter started school last year and it was one of those feelings of being scared becaue my daughter was in church before being born and that is all both my kids know. We pray first thing of the morning together, at every meal, and at bedtime, as well as they see me do my devotionals and more than half the time, I read it aloud to them and we talk about it. Even though they are 4 and 5, I know God will use my kids to do great things in this world and I will do everything I can to help Him! And as the old saying goes, "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord". That is all my kids know so upon her starting school, she came home that first day and had so much to tell me but the VERY first thing out of her mouth was, "momma did you know those kids didn't even pray before they ate, they sat down and just started eating, and when we took a nap, no one even said a prayer". Now to be honest, my first reaction was to tell her it was no big deal, but I know at every turn of the corner it is a learning expericence for them as well as for me. So I ask her, "do you want the respect to say a prayer before you eat and before you take a nap". Of ocourse she said yes. So here I sat thinking how am I going to deal with this and the "school". I didn't want to tell my daughter she couldn't pray at school because I would have been dening God and allowing her to deny Him and I couldn't do that. So I took her to school and ask her teacher if we could speak a little bit. Her teacher looked at me as if my child had told me something bad happened at school the day before. But I explained to her, my kids are use to saying prayers before eating and before laying their heads to rest. She kinda looked at me and before she could say anything I told her that is all she knew and even though every other school was taking God out of the school, I was not going to allow them to take God away from my child. We have to "respect" those that don't beleive in God, but they are not respecting us and our beliefs. But the teacher had no problem with it at all and she actually started laughing and then told me that she could see soemthing was wrong with my daughter but didn't have an idea what it was. Come to find out the principle made sure, regardless of what any state, sentor, or what have you said, they still said prayer first thing of the morning, they still say the pledge of alliance (ooh spelling off on that). And I was so relieved to know that. I can remember her coming home and telling me kids was laughing because she was putting her head down and talking to herself before eating. She didn't understand why because she was never faced with this. But I tired to explain to her that not everyone believed as we do and not everyone beleived in God. Which telling a 5 year old that, says to me, well how come, have they never meet Him"...lol! But I had to explain this to her and tell her the truth and not just tell her some excuse. So I did in full detail...I know some have said that she wouldn't understand, but I knew she would, without a doubt. To this day at school, she still says prayer before eating and nap time and it is no big deal to her and her teachers are very respectful of it and even a few kids in her class this year have even joined her in saying a prayer before these things. I know through my daughter, God is going to use her while at school and I can not wait to start hearing some stories.



It is a shame that as Christians we have become so use to taking the back seat to those that want to put OUR GOD down. Devil in sheeps clothing comes to mind so often when I hear a story about God and schools and so forth. I think two months ago, a group was wanting to have their meetings at a school because they did not have any where else to go to conduct these meetings. The school allowed it and during one of the meetings another parent, that was not a part of the meeting over heard some of the dissuccion and come to find out the group was Christians and they was having a bible study of sorts. The parent went straight to the board and totally went off because as he stated, "this was forcing his child to listen to this and this was not their beleifs". First, this was not invovling the school, second, they was not forcing anyone to hear them other than those in the group, and thrid, how can someone say what they feel their child's beleifs are? But after it was said and done the group had to find another place to do their meetings and as Christians they took a back seat to it and let that "one" parent over rule their beleifs. It strikes me to the core that Christians are still doing this. When are we going to stand up and say, "your also not respecting my beliefs and are taking things away from me". Why all of a sudden has this started to be a one sided story....aww poor babies...I can not help it, but people call themselves Christians but what are they really doing to be a Christian?



Okay I will stop my ranting here!



Jenn



I am so proud that our school still says prayer and still keeps God in it.

Heather - posted on 03/17/2009

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Quoting Shelly:



Ya know ladies.






You are right we have to start standing up kicking and screaming if we have to...I'm tired of sitting back and watching our rights be stripped away..We are afforded the right to our own religion...I don't remember it saying that right is only to be practiced in our church there is a web site www.the912project.com it is the 9 principals and 12 values to live by we as christian women need to spread these principles to everyone you know christian or not!!!! We are to the point of taking back our rights as not only Americans but Christians or just as citizens of the world that GOD created and gave us rights all in there own. We need to make sure that we don't allow anyone to take that away from us. And I'm talking about the hard stuff to we need to stand up for everyone including that death row inmate. I am in the prosses of putting together a web site/blog paths lesstaken and it will give anyone a place to vent or talk about what is happening in this country and I plan on passing it on every comment (within reason) to our leaders. So that they understand that we the people of this contry do care about what happens to this country and we do care when they do things in the name of the people thats imoral or unethical...It's time to take our country back!! It's time to open the prison door and let the Lord back in...God Bless and lets quit laying down for the non-bielevers...Lets go ris of the non and work on making them believers. Tell everyone about Jesus even if's just in the way you live your life...May God bless this path we are going to be traveling..





Upon further review of this site, I have to say that I am dissappointed.  I think it may have been started with good intentions, but has become out of control. People go there to rant and rave, argue, and put each other and our country down. I do not and will not recommend it to anyone. I do agree that the original concept is amazing and might even empliment it into a small group with my neighbors and try to spread the message. But the site itself is not encouraging or up lifting. I do agree that the 9 principles and 12 values are worth spreading though, it is just the site in general that I do not like.



I do not feel that as Christians "venting" is what God wants us to do. We are to do everything to build eachother up, not tear eachother down. Romans 13 talks about submitting to authority. Yes I do believe that we the people have a voice and that we can change and have a say in the way our country is ran, but I also beleive that we need to do it respectfully, not by attacking it as well as eachother. In Matthew 7 we are warned about judging others. The Bible says Judge and you will be judged.  In 1 Timothy 2 it says that we should pray for everyone including all of those in authority. Verse 8 says that we are to lift up holy hands in prayer without anger or disputing.



Again I feel that the values are important and getting together and uniting as a nation is a wonderful idea, I just think it should be done in a Godly way and done in love not anger.

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Quoting Bethany:

You may find this hard to believe but as a Canadian I've often been "jealous- (the good kind!)" of how much God is at least mentioned in your country. I'm know that it's not the ideal situation but it's refreshing for me to at least hear people say "God Bless America". I have never ever heard a "God bless Canada" and people have been trying to get "God keep our land" out of our national anthem for years (I wouldn't be surprised to see them succeed before my son makes it to high school)! And whether ultimately they are listened to at least you have a "Christian right" that has enough influence to at least be named. There are plenty of Christians of course...but I can't think of one single Christian leader who has ever made it onto a talk show! Like Gillian said, we are all about multiculturalism and also too afraid of saying that someone else's beliefs are wrong to stand up for our own.

I'm certainly not belittling what has happened in your country- but this is definitely something that is affecting countries throughout the world. So, I guess, God help us all! :~D

Thanks for posting this...I found the history very interesting.


 



 



GOD BLESS CANADA!!! There are many Christian artists from Canada, maybe we could write to them and ask them to write a song called God Bless Canada? Then maybe it would catch on. :)



 

Heather - posted on 03/16/2009

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Quoting Shelly:



Ya know ladies.






You are right we have to start standing up kicking and screaming if we have to...I'm tired of sitting back and watching our rights be stripped away..We are afforded the right to our own religion...I don't remember it saying that right is only to be practiced in our church there is a web site www.the912project.com it is the 9 principals and 12 values to live by we as christian women need to spread these principles to everyone you know christian or not!!!! We are to the point of taking back our rights as not only Americans but Christians or just as citizens of the world that GOD created and gave us rights all in there own. We need to make sure that we don't allow anyone to take that away from us. And I'm talking about the hard stuff to we need to stand up for everyone including that death row inmate. I am in the prosses of putting together a web site/blog paths lesstaken and it will give anyone a place to vent or talk about what is happening in this country and I plan on passing it on every comment (within reason) to our leaders. So that they understand that we the people of this contry do care about what happens to this country and we do care when they do things in the name of the people thats imoral or unethical...It's time to take our country back!! It's time to open the prison door and let the Lord back in...God Bless and lets quit laying down for the non-bielevers...Lets go ris of the non and work on making them believers. Tell everyone about Jesus even if's just in the way you live your life...May God bless this path we are going to be traveling..





I have often found it funny that we send missionaries over seas to preach the gospel in countries that they can and do go to jail for speaking the truth about God, but when we are threatened with a fine for displaying Christian Christmas decorations we all tuck our tails under and run away.



I did visit that website, and recommend every other American to do the same thing. I urge you to post a new discussion with the website and a discription of it. Let's get others involved!

Heather - posted on 03/16/2009

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Quoting Shari:



heather, could you please send this whole email to my email address so I can forward this wonderful, informative history lesson. my email address is shari_noland@yahoo.com Thank you for sending this.





It has been sent. I hope you got it okay.

Bethany - posted on 03/16/2009

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You may find this hard to believe but as a Canadian I've often been "jealous- (the good kind!)" of how much God is at least mentioned in your country. I'm know that it's not the ideal situation but it's refreshing for me to at least hear people say "God Bless America". I have never ever heard a "God bless Canada" and people have been trying to get "God keep our land" out of our national anthem for years (I wouldn't be surprised to see them succeed before my son makes it to high school)! And whether ultimately they are listened to at least you have a "Christian right" that has enough influence to at least be named. There are plenty of Christians of course...but I can't think of one single Christian leader who has ever made it onto a talk show! Like Gillian said, we are all about multiculturalism and also too afraid of saying that someone else's beliefs are wrong to stand up for our own.

I'm certainly not belittling what has happened in your country- but this is definitely something that is affecting countries throughout the world. So, I guess, God help us all! :~D

Thanks for posting this...I found the history very interesting.

Shari - posted on 03/15/2009

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heather,  could you please send this whole email to my email address so I can forward this wonderful, informative history lesson.  my email address is shari_noland@yahoo.com    Thank you for sending this.        

Shelly - posted on 03/15/2009

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Ya know ladies.



  You are right we have to start standing up kicking and screaming if we have to...I'm tired of sitting back and watching our rights be stripped away..We are afforded the right to our own religion...I don't remember it saying that right is only to be practiced in our church there is a web site www.the912project.com it is the 9 principals and 12 values to live by we as christian women need to spread these principles to everyone you know christian or not!!!!  We are to the point of taking back our rights as not only Americans but Christians or just as citizens of the world that GOD created and gave us rights all in there own.  We need to make sure that we don't allow anyone to take that away from us.  And I'm talking about the hard stuff to we need to stand up for everyone including that death row inmate.  I am in the prosses of putting together a web site/blog paths lesstaken and it will give anyone a place to vent or talk about what is happening in this country and I plan on passing it on every comment (within reason) to our leaders.  So that they understand that we the people of this contry do care about what happens to this country and we do care when they do things in the name of the people thats imoral or unethical...It's time to take our country back!!  It's time to open the prison door and let the Lord back in...God Bless and lets quit laying down for the non-bielevers...Lets go ris of the non and work on making them believers.  Tell everyone about Jesus even if's  just in the way you live your life...May God bless this  path we are going to be traveling..

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The sad thing is that other countries ae going down the secular road as well, here in the "Island of saints and scholars" we are becoming more and more secular and more and more pluralist. we are afraid to stand up for our beliefs for fear of being called racists and every day we see God being removed from our lives. I am an Anglican and have chosen to send my daughter to a Catholic School because there God is still spoken of lovingly and dailey, each class never mind each day starts with a prayer, grace is said before meals and all the girls are taught christianity  not catholicism as a compulsory subject which they must sit a STATE exam in at the end of therir third year in second level. i thank God for this school every day and I pray that we do not copy so many other countries in becoming so pluralist that we ban our LOrd from our schools and public lives.

Shelly - posted on 03/12/2009

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How sad that our (haha) Leaders can't understand these concepts!!!  Maybe we all need to e-mail this to Nancy Poloci, Harry Reed, and Pres. Obama!!! 

Heather - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Raquel:



Amen. When we took religion out of our schools, government and courtrooms, we introduced an opportunity for society to self-implode. We have taken God out of our everday life and shuffled him into a closet. We have placed God on house arrest and only check in on Him on "Church" days. I am appalled by the fact that an inmate on Death Row is given a Bible, but childrean are not allowed to pray openly in school and the Bible is not allowed in their school library. I live in Kansas, and my administrators are wonderful christians. This is not their decision, but a decision thay are forced to live with inorder to continue to receive funding and to be able to continue to give our children a good education.






Perhaps the inmate on Death Row shouldhave been introduced to the Bible and God's teachings at a younger age. Maybe, if he had seen it in his school's library, he would not be facing death alone for crimes he never should have committed.






We need to take a stand against Christain discrimination. We need to be the voice. God has paid our bail, so why do we allow Him to be forced to live on house arrest?





It's Amazing isn't it. I totally agree with you. It's been a few years since I was in school, but our church encouraged several things to witness while we were there that the state couldn't argue with. I did grow up in Iowa but it may be the same in Kansas.



SYATP- See you at the pole. Once a year, I think in September it is a nation wide event. Students and other members of the community are asked to meet at 7 am at their local flag pole. Students at the flag pole infront of their school and community members at the city hall or court house. It's been awhile since I have done this, but it is designed to pray for your community, teachers, students, organizations and government. Since it is at 7 am the school had to allow it. I don't remember why, but I'm sure there is info on the internet somewhere.



30 Second kneel downs- Just what it says, sometime during your day at school, the same time every day, kneel down infront of your locker or other designated spot and say a 30 second prayer for the people at your school. It has to be a silent prayer, however it does raise questions and give you an opportunity to witness, which is not forbidin.



Also the school can not prevent you from carrying your own Bible, as long as you do not read from it out loud.

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Amen. When we took religion out of our schools, government and courtrooms, we introduced an opportunity for society to self-implode. We have taken God out of our everday life and shuffled him into a closet. We have placed God on house arrest and only check in on Him on "Church" days. I am appalled by the fact that an inmate on Death Row is given a Bible, but childrean are not allowed to pray openly in school and the Bible is not allowed in their school library. I live in Kansas, and my administrators are wonderful christians. This is not their decision, but a decision thay are forced to live with inorder to continue to receive funding and to be able to continue to give our children a good education.



Perhaps the inmate on Death Row shouldhave been introduced to the Bible and God's teachings at a younger age. Maybe, if he had seen it in his school's library, he would not be facing death alone for crimes he never should have committed.



We need to take a stand against Christain discrimination. We need to be the voice. God has paid our bail, so why do we allow Him to be forced to live on house arrest?

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