I am convinced that the legalization of abortion in 1973 would never have come to fruition if not for the success of the U. S. Supreme Court case to remove prayer from our public schools in 1963, and the unintended consequences of Vatican II in 1965.
But before we can fully understand how abortion became legal in our predominately Christian country, we must first consider how the ban on school prayer influenced that outcome.
As Shakespeare noted, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” and the effort to ban school prayer in Christian America made for very strange bedfellows indeed.
Feminists and atheists alike joined forces, in an attempt to accomplish what many in America had viewed as impossible. Each group’s animosity toward Christianity was profound. And, although each had different agendas, their end game was the same – the irrational need to erode Christianity’s influence in America, while at the same time, providing their own rejected behavior, and ideology, with more exposure, acceptance, credibility and influence.
During the 1963 U. S. Supreme Court case (Murray vs. Curlett) concerning school prayer, the atheists were led by a non-Christian lawyer named Leonard Kerpelman. This disreputable man was finally disbarred in 1991 for, among other things, bilking a client.
On the surface, Kerpelman proposed that school prayer violated the U. S. Constitution’s separation of church and state clause, when in reality the atheists objections were not simply with school prayer but with the tenets of Christianity as a whole.
As for the feminists, they viewed organized religion, and Christianity in particular, as the principle purveyor of “patriarchy”, which they abhorred. They, in fact, wanted to disrupt Christianity’s societal influence so as to further “liberate” themselves from this “oppressive” form of male “domination.”
In addition, these female non-Christians radicals sought to exempt women from the morality, modesty and maturity upon which Christianity insisted, thus legitimizing their “express yourself” agenda for young women through the eventual promulgation of their formalized agenda defined by their “Sexual Revolution.”
Both groups realized that if their combined efforts were successful, the long-term gains for each would be enormous, while at the same time the credibility and supremacy of Christianity would suffer a severe blow.
And so, they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Their case expressed the unspoken and underlying goal for each, “Let’s see if we can put a crack in America’s Protestant fortress of organized religion.”
And to this end, the removal of school prayer from the public domain would, so to speak, become their test case. Their unexpected success sent shock waves across America. Not only did they crack the fortress, they caused its near collapse and with their success the Christian standards for good behavior began to rapidly fall away.
Just as the perpetrators had hoped for, subsequent generations of secularized women, most of whom began to fill the void left behind by substituting the ideology of radical, second-wave feminism for their family’s former Christian faith, began to view the once reviled behavior of immoral women, and blasphemous atheists, with far less rancor and far more acceptability.
If fact, today, the tables have turned completely. Just 50 years after the ban was put in place, and without ANY education in Christian principles, the feminist granddaughters of those children, who were first effected by this ban, now irrationally, and publicly, REVILE Christianity.
How was this anathema permitted to occur in an America where its citizens were ninety-one percent Christian and its public schools’ justifiably reflected the beliefs of all denominations of Christianity? Schools where children were taught the all-encompassing principles of Christianity including self-reliance, self-control and individual responsibility. Where they were further taught that upstanding personal interactions and polite consideration were to be part of their Christian daily life?
We can blame Catholic Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, who viewed Protestantism, as heretical! Unlike the Protestants, Catholics at the time were not permitted to read from the Bible as that was solely the purview of the clergy. He felt public Bible readings in school were therefore heretical and also negatively impacted the faith of Catholic public school children. So, in his short-sightedness, he banned prayer all together. FOOL!
Brennan’s narrow view of school prayer overlooked the overall good it supplied to all children because saying a prayer at the start of the school day barely reflected the enormity with which the tenets of good Christian behavior were instilled in the children throughout the remainder of the school day.
The generalized and effective enforcement of acceptable Christian behavior among the children, with their Christian teacher’s firm supervision, was of equal value to the children, and the community, as was teaching them the three R’s.
The insistence on good Christian conduct was reenforced throughout the school day in every discipline, including classrooms, halls, lavatories, cafeterias, gymnasiums and on the playgrounds. The education of the young was considered serious business and without discipline, education could not be implemented successfully. To this end, its importance was often reinforced through punitive measures as educators knew that “one bad apple can spoil the barrel”.
Prior to the ban, educators were not only responsible for the academic education of children, but more importantly, they were obligated to instill the character building principles of good Christian behavior including honestly, punctuality, orderliness, trustworthiness, duty, neatness, courtesy, cleanliness, kindness, maturity, respect for authority and civility among others.
Children were taught at home, at church and at school, to live their Christian lives for the betterment of their family and neighbors, and ultimately, for the honor and glory of God. These beliefs were imbued within young children because they were necessary to perpetuate a successful Christian community, where everyone played by the same rules, and by association, a peaceful, orderly and flourishing America.
Public schools not only educated the minds of the children, they vicariously produced stellar citizens through Christianity’s limitations on bad behavior and its insistence on high levels of ethics and morality, including respect of others.
The public school classroom’s serious, orderly and quiet environments foretold a bright future for America, defined by the Protestant Work Ethic and composed of disciplined and trustworthy adults.
As a result, America’s public school system, while under the auspices of Christian inspiration, not only provided children with a world-class educational system, but by association, a world-class country.
As one of America’s astute Signers of the U. S. Constitution, Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816) professed, “For avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy…the only ground of hope must be on the morals of people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. Therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”
Up until 1963, the leading male educators in America followed Morris’ sound advice with admirable results. Sadly, after the U. S. Supreme Court’s 1963 decision to ban school prayer, Morris’ advice has been ignored with disastrous results, including lack of classroom discipline, disrespect for authority, lowered academic standards, poor test scores, increasing drop out rates, truancy, student violence and the loss of qualified teachers.
The public school children in America are now chronically suffering without the daily inspiration for good, represented by the Christian parameters reflected by school prayer. When school prayer was banned, the remaining Christian standards of good behavior became impossible to insist upon as well. The entire public school system’s rudder, and its guiding light, were simply blown away on an atheist’s whim and a justice’s bigotry.
When Chief Justice William Brennan’s Supreme Court legally banned public school prayer for children, their actions called into question Christianity’s legitimacy. It unwittingly sullied the excellent results provided to America’s school children by Christianity’s two-thousand year-old religious constraints, and their corresponding protections against bad, or evil, behavior.
Since the ban on school prayer took effect, trying to raise the ensuing generations of children without the restraints of religious beliefs has unleashed evil behavior of all sorts among young people, including lying, cheating, stealing, and promiscuity, which was encouraged by the non-Christian, radical, second-wave feminist’s “Sexual Revolution”. NONE of these were permitted or tolerated, in communities prior to the school prayer ban. Today, in our secular culture, they are simply overlooked or excused and as a result, the collateral damage continues to proliferate unchecked.
With the loss of Christianity’s moral influence on young school children, it was just a matter of time before the legalization of the most reviled of behavior, the pre-meditated abortion of fifty-five million unborn children by their mothers, would be enacted to cover the sexual excesses of those same young “liberated” people.
These horrific numbers reflect the destruction of twenty-five percent of the America’s population, more than New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Fransisco’s population combined. And for this we can blame the atheist, and radical, second-wave feminist, plaintiff in the school prayer case, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and the eight activist U. S. Supreme Court justices who sided with her ludicrous premise.
Without O’Hair’s unprecedented success in destroying Christianity’s positive influence on America’s children, and its future citizenry, I do not believe that the legalization of abortion would ever have come to pass, just ten years later
to be continued…
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