Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Education and Religion

Education and religion were meant to go hand in hand. The founding fathers intended the youth of this country to be taught with the same principles they founded their country on.
Prayer in public school is not founding a state religion, it is however an exercises of the participating party’s religious freedom and to forbid it is infringing on that freedom. The founding father’s wanted the principles they built their country on to be taught in the schools. Benjamin Rush wrote in a letter in the 1970’s “I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them…we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this Divine Book, above all others, constitutes the soul of republicanism. By withholding the knowledge of [the Scriptures] from children, we deprive ourselves of the best means of awakening moral sensibility in their minds.” It is evident that the founding fathers were far from opposed to teaching biblical and religious principles in the public schools. When the majority of the founding fathers were still living the Untied States Congress allowed the Bible to be taught in public schools. “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." Click here to read more.

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