America’s moral standards have plunged so far that the nation no longer is safe for children, according to a high-profile Christian leader.
“Fifty years after the removal of prayer from America’s public schools in a case brought by my mother, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, there is virtually no safe place in America for children of any age, not in their schools, not even in their homes,” said William J. Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition.
It was on his behalf that his mother filed a lawsuit claiming compulsory prayer and Bible reading in public schools is unconstitutional.
The ruling, released by the U.S. Supreme Court June 17, 1963, allowed God no further place in public schooling, triggering a plunge from a time when chewing gum was a major problem to schools plagued by drugs, violence and sex that need to be protected by armed guards.
Murray tells the story in his book, “My Life Without God.”
“Prayer in the schools 50 years ago had little to do with morality and a lot to do with authority,” he said. “The speaker of the House of Representatives, the second most powerful man in America, has the words ‘In God We Trust’ engraved over his chair in the House Chamber.”
Murray said “In God We Trust” is “more than the national motto; it was meant to be the real source of authority for our government.”
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