I was in the third grade at E.L. Wetmore Elementary School in 1962 when, unknown to me, the Supreme Court, in the case of Engel vs. Vitale, in effect, banned prayer from the public schools. The “offending prayer” in this case was one of voluntary participation in New York schools which was repeated each morning before class. It reads as follows.
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee, and beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country.” It is difficult to imagine that prayer would offend anybody except Satan, but that was the “offensive prayer.”
Up until the decision in that case, Mrs. Maguire, our third-grade teacher, prayed aloud daily before we were dismissed for lunch. Though I was not a Christian at that time, I noticed that her praying ceased.
Supreme Court Justice Black issued the written opinion of the majority decision and talked about his perception that the public school and government would take a neutral stance regarding religion. What we see far more commonly than neutrality is rather, open hostility toward Christianity as the prevailing tactic in the public educational systems, and even more so in higher education.
According to a U.S. News and World Report study, about 10,000 self-described Marxist professors serve openly in America’s colleges. “These Marxist Academicians are today’s power elite,” writes J. Fischer, the author of that study. Have you wondered where these young Socialist’s are cropping up from?
Ronald Reagan said something like, “Socialism only works in Heaven where they don’t need it, and in Hell, where is part of the punishment.”
You see, Socialism and Communism are not designed to replace capitalism, they are meant as a replacement to God.