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A Case for School Prayer...
“I have but one more discourse with you, My child—that is that you must go forward and demand that the prayers be returned to the schools. In that manner, We can approach the children, and return them to their rightful place in the reign of God.” – Jesus, October 5, 1985
Congressman James Trificant stated, “A Congress that allows God to be banned from our schools while our schools can teach about cults, Hitler and even devil worship is wrong, out of touch, and needs some common sense.”
In an article for WorldNetDaily, Mychal Massie wrote:
Question: If God is so bad for public schools, if God is so intrusive, if the separation of church and state is as clear as some (insert lawyers and socialists) would have us believe--why did it take an atheist and a lawyer until 1962 to figure it out?
Question: If saying the Lord’s Prayer and /or observing moments of silence is so destructive to the psyche of school children and tantamount to sanctioning religion--why does the U.S. Congress employ a taxpayer-paid chaplain, i.e., preacher, to begin every session of Congress with prayer? (Note: This has continued uninterrupted since 1777.)
Although prayer is banned in public school classrooms, the history of all three branches of U.S. government shows a consistent support of public prayer and belief in God. Robert Bork notes that “The first Congress, which proposed the First amendment for ratification by the states, also appointed chaplains for the House, Senate, and the armed forces. The early Congresses regularly petitioned the president to issue Thanksgiving Day proclamations addressed to God.” Furthermore, eleven of the thirteenth original states required faith in Jesus Christ and the Bible as a qualification for holding public office.
In his presidential proclamation for the National Day of Prayer (May 6, 2004), President George Bush stated:
“In his first Inaugural address, President George Washington prayed that the Almighty would preserve the freedom of all Americans. On the National Day of Prayer, we celebrate that freedom and America’s great tradition of prayer…. Prayer is an opportunity to praise God for His mighty works, His gift of freedom, His mercy, and His boundless love…. Through prayer, we recognize the limits of earthly power and acknowledge the sovereignty of God.”
On May 6, 1982, President Ronald Reagan said:
“Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are ‘one nation under God,’ and our currency bears the motto, ‘In God We Trust.’ The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril. Yet in recent years, well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they’ve forbidden religious practice in the classrooms. The law of this land has effectively removed prayer from our classrooms. How can we hope to retain our freedom through the generations if we fail to teach our young that our liberty springs from an abiding faith in our Creator?”
The first public act of President George Washington included a public prayer
to God: “It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act
my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who
presides in the council of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every
human defect.” In his Thanksgiving Proclamation, he emphasized that nations
have the duty to acknowledge God: “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to
acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for
His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor….”
The first Congress of the United States publicly legislated that religion “shall forever be encouraged.” According to William Rehnquist, the “the actions of the First Congress, which reenacted the Northwest Ordinance for the governance of the Northwest Territory in 1789, confirm the view the Congress did not mean that the government should be neutral between religion and irreligion.” This ordinance provided that “[r]eligion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, schools, and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
The Supreme Court in 1892 publicly stated that “our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian”: “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind…. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in a sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”
“There is an unbroken history of official acknowledgement by all three branches of government of the role of religion in American life from at least 1789.” (Cited in the Supreme Court case, Lynch v. Donnelly, 1984)
It is the current practice in every federal court to open proceedings with an announcement that concludes, “God save the United States and this Honorable court.”
America fallen from grace
Our Lady of the Roses message warns, “The United States of America has fallen from grace.” (Jesus, May 23, 1979) Similar words were echoed by Henry Lamb, in an article explaining the Supreme Court case that outlawed prayer in American public schools:
It might have been that day in 1959, when 13-year old Bill Murray stood up in class and announced that he would not recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Normally, in most every school in the country in 1959, such a stunt would have been rewarded with a paddling at school, and whipping at home. Bill Murray was not a normal kid. How could he be normal; his mother was Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
It could have been June 17, 1963, the day the Supreme Court decided O’Hair’s lawsuit, Murray v. Curlett. That’s the day prayer in public schools became “unconstitutional.” It probably actually started long before either of these two events, but since these events, American has been spiraling in a free-fall from Grace.
On Mother’s Day in 1980, Bill Murray renounced his mother’s atheism and became a Christian.
He later wrote: “In the three decades since this landmark case, the nation has lost its moral center. Violent crime has increased from 16.1 to 75.8 incidents per 10,000 population. Juvenile violent crime arrest rates have increased from 13.7 to 40 per 10,000 population. Teen pregnancy has almost tripled from 15.3 to 43.5 per 1,000 teen-age girls. Almost half of these pregnancies end in abortion. For a startling 28 percent of all live births in America today, the mothers are unwed. The teen-age suicide rate has increased 400 percent since 1963.”
Ann Coulter describes the anti-Christian fanatics coercing even little child from praying in some of the public schools:
In a public school in St. Louis, a teacher spotted the suspect, fourth-grader Raymond Raines, bowing his head in prayer before lunch. The teacher stormed to Raymond’s table, ordered him to stop immediately and sent him to the principal’s office. The principal informed the young malefactor that praying was not allowed in school. When Raymond was again caught praying before meals on three separate occasions, he was segregated from other students, ridiculed in front of his classmates, and finally sentenced to a week’s detention.
Before snack time in her kindergarten class in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., little Kayla Broadus held hands with two of her classmates and recited this prayer: “God is good, God is great, thank you, God, for my food.” The alert teacher pounced on Kayla, severely reprimanded her, and reported her to the school administration. In short order, the principal sent a sternly worded letter to Kayla’s parents advising them that Kayla was not allowed to pray in school, aloud or with others.
The school board then issued a triumphant press release crowing about its victory over a kindergartner praying before snack time. Thus was creeping theocracy in Saratoga Springs stopped dead in its tracks! Kayla’s mother brought a lawsuit, winning Kayla the right to pray out loud. But she was still prohibited from holding hands with others while she prayed. Hearing the G-word in kindergarten might interfere with the school’s efforts to teach proper sexual techniques in the first grade.
The courts and school prayer
Our Lady of the Roses has warned us that many of the American judges are perverse: "Judges in the court, you are perverse! Judges in the court, you have degraded your profession! You have, as a ruling body, turned from your God and have accepted the prince of darkness! " (Our Lady, June 16, 1977) This truth is evident in the judicial decisions such as the legalization of murder of the unborn, and the banning of prayer in public school classrooms.
The following are highlights showing the court battles for public expression of faith in the United States:
1892: The Supreme Court stated in the case Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind…. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in a sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”
1952: William O. Douglas, although at the time one of the most liberal of the Supreme Court Justices, wrote, “We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. We guarantee the freedom to worship as one chooses. [When] the State encourages religious instruction or cooperates with religious authorities by adjusting the schedule of public events to sectarian needs, [it] respects the religious nature of our people and accommodates the public service to their spiritual needs. To hold that it may not would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe.”
1963: In his dissent in Abington School District v. Schempp, Justice Potter Stewart wrote, “[A] compulsory state educational system so structures a child’s life that if religious exercises are held to be an impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed at an artificial and state-created disadvantage. Viewed in this light, permission of such exercises for those who want them is necessary if the schools are truly to be neutral in the matter of religion. And a refusal to permit religious exercises thus is seen, not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism, or at the least, as government support of the beliefs of those who think that religious exercises should be conducted only in private.”
1983: The U.S. District Court stated, “The First Amendment was never intended to insulate our public institutions from any mention of God, the Bible or religion. When such insulation occurs, another religion, such as secular humanism, is effectively established.”
1992: In Lee v. Weisman, the Supreme Court case that struck down high-school graduation prayer, Justice Scalia dissented saying that non-sectarian prayer at public gatherings and celebrations is a tradition that ought to be protected within the confines of the Establishment Clause.
1998: The Supreme Court in 1998 narrowly rejected a proposal for a constitutional amendment to allow prayer in schools and religious displays in federal buildings.
2000: In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling invalidating prayers conducted prior to a public high school football game. Chief Justice Rehnquist dissented, complaining that the majority’s opinion “bristled with hostility to all things religious in public life.”
2000: The Eleventh Circuit Court, in Chandler v. Siegelman, struck down a portion of an injunction that banned students from praying at any school function. In this case the Circuit Court condemned “school censorship of student prayer.” The Court concluded that it is “not the public context that makes some speech the State’s. It is the entanglement with the State…. Therefore if ‘nothing in the Constitution prohibits … any public school student from voluntarily praying at any time before, during, or after the school day,’ then it does not prohibit prayer aloud or in front of others, as in the case of an audience assembled for some other purpose.”
America’s decline since prayer was removed from schools
Since the Supreme Court banned school prayer in 1963:
the murder rate tripled;
Violent crime went up 544%;
Prior to 1963, divorce had been declining for 15 consecutive years. After 1963, the divorce rate more than doubled;
unwed birth rates 10-14 years of age shot up 553% by 1983;
Sexually transmitted disease rates (15-19 years of age range) shot up 226% by 1975;
the percent of children living in fatherless households increased from 6% to 40%.
Nationally syndicated columnist William Raspberry writes:
“Almost every commentator on the current scene bemoans the increase of violence, lowered ethical standards and loss of civility that mark American society. Is the decline of religious influence part of what is happening to us? Is it not just possible that antireligious bias masquerading as religious neutrality is costing more than we have been willing to acknowledge?”
The duty to publicly honor Christ as King
The phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution. It does, however, appear in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union: “The church in the U.S.S.R. is separated from the state and the school from the church (article 52).” Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist observers, “There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the Framers [of the Constitution] intended to build the ‘wall of separation’ [between church and state].”
The U.S. Constitution cannot of itself restrain lawless and immoral citizens. James Madison warned, “Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks—no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without virtue in the people is a chimerical idea.” William E. Simon, Jr. stated, “… the Framers repeated it, that a strong constitution is not enough because human nature left to its own devices would eventually subvert the constitution itself.” In his History of the United States, Noah Webster wrote: “If a republican form of government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”
Moral, God-fearing citizens are essential to the common good of the country. John Adams wrote, “We have no government armed with powers capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net.” How can the United States encourage students to become moral citizens, when it bans God from its public school classrooms? Pope Leo XIII wrote that “… civil society must acknowledge God as its Founder and Parent, and must obey and reverence His power and authority. Justice therefore forbids, and reason itself forbids, the State to be godless.” Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical on Christ the King entitled, Quas Primas, wrote, “When once man recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.” He also emphasized that the whole of mankind (including the State) is subject to the power of Jesus Christ: “Nor is there any difference in this matter between the individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In Him is the salvation of the individual, in Him is the salvation of society.”
In 1984 Ronald Reagan said, “The time has come to turn back to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America. This means that all of us who acknowledge a belief in our Judeo-Christian heritage must reaffirm that belief and join forces to reclaim those great principles.” Speaking of the Equal Access Act (allowing students who wished to conduct religious meetings the same access to schools as other groups), Reagan said, “In 1962, the Supreme Court banned prayers. In 1963, the Court banned the reading of the Bible. ... We had to pass a special law to allow student prayer groups the same access to schoolrooms that a Young Marxist Society enjoys. ... Without God there is a coarsening of the society. ... If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
Write to your Congressman and Senator and demand that prayer be returned to the schools.
“Your country must bring back public prayer. Your country must make atonement for the offenses being committed against the God, your Lord, the King of Heaven and earth, your Creator. Man upon earth has chosen to give honor to man. After the great cleansing, the fruits of man’s hands shall fall! Much will be reduced to ashes and rubble. He will rebuild in the manner the Father directs, under the direction of the Father.” - Our Lady of the Roses, August 21, 1973
“My child and My children, prayer has not become a way of life for many. That is why communism has got such a foothold in your country and in other countries of the world. The prayers given to you in your childhood will be remembered always, I know, My children; but there are those who have not received these prayers in their schools, for prayer has been outlawed in many areas of your country and the world. It took but a few without faith to bring down the flag, for even your country’s flag is being defiled, My children.” - Our Lady of the Roses, October 2, 1987
“Your children are being educated in the schools, to take all Christianity from their lives, and believe not in the supernatural things of God, but the diabolical processes of satan, in cults.” - Our Lady of the Roses, June 18, 1987
"Mothers and fathers, how often have I
counseled you to protect your children in these days. You will find that many of
those that you entrust to teach your children are bringing them into a world of
unrealistic atheism. Already, My child, it saddens My heart to know that you are
not, as a nation, allowed any longer to pray in your schools." - Our Lady
of the Roses, June 18, 1992
1. Rep. James Traficant, D-OH, April 27, 1999.
2. Mychal Massie, “Now what?” WorldNetDaily, April 20, 2004
3. Robert H. Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline, p. 289.
4. quoted in “Prayer is still important for our nation,” WorldNetDaily, Rev. Jerry Falwell, May 6, 2004
5. First Inaugural Address, August 30, 1789.
6. Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1789.
7. Dissent of Justice Rehnquist, in Wallace v. Jaffree, 1985.
8. Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 1892.
9. American Center for Law and Justice website.
10. Henry Lamb, “America: Falling from Grace,” WorldNetDaily, November 15, 2003.
11. Ann Coulter, “It’s the winter solstice, Charlie Brown!” September 25, 2003.
12. Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 1892.
13. Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306, 72 S. Ct. 679, 96 L.Ed 954 (1952)
14. Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203, 313 (1963)
15. U.S. District Court, Crockett v. Sorenson (W.D. Va. 1983).
16. Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577 (1992).
17. William Raspberry, “Christmas Without Meaning: Must the Religious Make a Secret of Their Beliefs?” The Washington Post, December 24, 1993, p. A15.
18. Phil Valentine, “America’s cornerstone: belief in God,” WorldNetDaily, September 11, 2003.
19. William E. Simon, Jr., “Why America Needs Religion,” Heritage Foundation lecture, #687, September 26, 2000.
20. Pope Leo XIII, encyclical letter Libertas, #21.
21. Pope Pius XI, On the Feast of Christ the King (Quas Primas), December 11, 1925, #19.
22. Ibid., #18.
23. Quoted in “Today’s American Minute,” Bill Federer, WorldNetDaily, August 11, 2003.
These prophecies came from Jesus, Mary, and the saints to Veronica Lueken at Bayside, NY, from 1968 to 1995:
"O My children, I have counseled you now through many earth-years of the coming great Chastisement and the minor warnings that will be given to mankind. Do not be deluded by those who go to and fro speaking and crying out of love and brotherhood and peace. There is no peace in the home or heart where satan reigns, and satan reigns throughout your country now. America the beautiful, the once beautiful, under God, has now fallen to satan.” - Our Lady, November 21, 1977
ONCE A CHRISTIAN NATION
"O My children, how happy were the days when I could look down from Heaven upon you and find that America was so beautiful--a Christian nation, devout, pious, and following the road as given by the Eternal Father, through My Son and the Holy Spirit of light. And now the light has been darkened.” - Our Lady, December 24, 1979
"Man has the balance, man has been given in free will the balance for his own fall, or restoration of a nation to its former glory under God. Like rodents, the enemies of your God have eaten away at the foundations of the Faith. But in a short time they will be destroyed, and a new House will rise, a Church stronger in faith and sanctity and holiness. But this cannot, My children, take place until a great Chastisement is set upon mankind.” - Jesus, June 18, 1981
ONCE UNDER GOD AND INDIVISIBLE
“They have a father who is the father of all liars, so what does it make them, My children--Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Yeltsin, Gorbachev?
"That is the same old plan, My children, and those leaders of your nation are as blind as they were in the past. I tell you for your own good, My children of the United States of America, that once was a nation under God and indivisible, that you will fall! If you do not come out of your slumber now, you will fall!
"For it is their plan to subdue you, once they get the billions that they need in aid, to bring up the economy and buy more armaments. They have not disposed of their armaments, My child and My children. They store them in other nations. They have the same goals as their forefathers.” - Our Lady, June 18, 1992
CLEANSE YOUR NATION
"Many warnings have been given in the past to mankind, that have been rejected as being a natural catastrophe. I assure you, My children, many have not been natural, but supernatural in origin. They have been coming from the Eternal Father to warn you that your time is growing short. You must cleanse your nation and all of the nations of the world of their sins of impurity. They must restore each nation under God.” - Our Lady, May 23, 1979
DEMAND PRAYERS BE RETURNED
“I have but one more discourse with you, My child--that is that you must go forward and demand that the prayers be returned to the schools. In that manner, We can approach the children and return them to their rightful place in the reign of God.” - Jesus, October 5, 1985
BRING BACK PUBLIC PRAYER
"Your country must bring back public prayer. Your country must make atonement for the offenses being committed against the God, your Lord, the King of Heaven and earth, your Creator.
"Man upon earth has chosen to give honor to man. After the great cleansing, the fruits of man's hands shall fall! Much will be reduced to ashes and rubble. He will rebuild in the manner the Father directs, under the direction of the Father.” - Our Lady, August 21, 1973
TO REMOVE CHRISTIANITY
"My dear parents, please! Listen to your Mother. Listen to what I have to say to you, for I tell you the truth. The Eternal Father sees all, and makes us knowledgeable as to what is happening upon earth that will bring its eventual destruction. Your children are being educated in the schools to take all Christianity from their lives, and believe not in the supernatural things of God, but the diabolical processes of satan, in cults.” - Our Lady, June 18, 1987
"My child and My children, prayer has not become a way of life for many. That is why communism has got such a foothold in your country and in other countries of the world. The prayers given to you in your childhood will be remembered always, I know, My children; but there are those who have not received these prayers in their schools, for prayer has been outlawed in many areas of your country and the world. It took but a few without faith to bring down the flag, for even your country's flag is being defiled, My children.” - Our Lady, October 2, 1987
"You will go forward with the cross in your right hand and the Bible, the Book of life, in your left. And all who deny this Book are not of the light." - Our Lady, May 22, 1974
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