Words from the founding fathers – 9.23.10
Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 2:41 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist
Yesterday morning students across the nation met around their flagpoles to worship God at their schools and to pray. I can’t speak for all schools, but at Obion County Central where I teach there was over 100 students, faculty, staff, and visitors outside worshiping God. There was prayer, scripture readings, songs, sign language, speaker, Pledge of Allegiance, The National Anthem by members of the school choir, and more.
It caused me to think back. I remember Bible readings in school each morning before the day started. Thank you to Ms. Sparks for having us all take turns picking and reading from the Bible each day. I also remember saying the Lord’s Prayer each day, and even a blessing before we went to lunch. But we should have been thankful for Mr. Charlie’s rolls and those little pads of butter. I’m sure many of you have similar memories and even more about God in school the further back you go in years.
Hear what the founding fathers had to say: Samuel Adams – “ Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity… and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.”
In 1787 when Franklin helped found Benjamin Franklin University, it was dedicated as “a nursery of religion and learning, built on Christ, the Cornerstone.”
The United States Congress passed this resolution in 1782 – “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”
Benjamin Rush – “Let the children …. be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education.”
Noah Webster – “Education is useless without the Bible. The Bible was America’s basic text book in all fields. God’s Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct.”
Benjamin Rush – 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’s a shame that we have gone so far from the founding ideals of the necessity of God and the Bible in our schools. Now we can only have these if it is student led. I commend those students who do take it upon themselves to be the catalyst for God and His Word in our schools. What was once realized as important and necessary is now diluted to very limited places and times within our schools and only under administrations that will allow it.
Thank God for OUR schools allowing See You At The Pole, prayers at graduation and ballgames, organizations like Christian Student Association, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Shame on us for allowing it to get this far.
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