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On June 25, 1962, the Supreme Court first struck down school prayer by prohibiting students from using this simple invocation:

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee and beg Thy blessing upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our Country.”

Following this case, the Court began methodically expelling other religious principles; the effects have been evident:

David Barton

Here are some of the 100 GRAPHS exposing the EFFECTS of NO PUBLIC SCHOOL PRAYERS IN AMERICA since 1962:

http://www.whatyouknowmightnotbeso.com/graphs.html/a>

What Happened When the Praying Stopped
By Editorial Staff
Published April 2008

ALEDO, TX (FR) – How did the removal of voluntary prayer from the schools of the United States affect our nation as a whole? That question has been answered in detail by a research company in Texas which has gathered and tabulated statistics from hundreds of sources relating to the rates of moral decline in America.

Specialty Research Associates, under the direction of David Barton, has released a report entitled America: To Pray or Not to Pray which uses over 100 pages of graphs and statistical analysis to prove that crime, venereal disease, premarital sex, illiteracy, suicide, drug use, public corruption, and other social ills began a dramatic increase after the Engel vs. Vitale Supreme Court decision was made in 1962 which banned school prayer.

Prayer in schools prior to 1962 was utilized in school districts all over the U.S. in many varieties. Some teachers used extemporaneous prayers, simply expressing their thoughts and desires; others implemented structured prayers, such as the Lord’s Prayer or the 23rd Psalm, or others approved by local school boards. New York students prayed each day: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers, and our nation.” It was this simple prayer which came under fire and went to the Supreme Court for the landmark decision.

Says David Barton, “It is impossible to know how many of the 39 million children were involved in daily verbal prayers, but most accounts indicate that a clear majority of the students voluntarily participated in daily school prayer. Is it possible that the prayers that were being offered by these children and their teachers across the nation actually had any measurable, tangible effect?”

It was this question that led Barton to uncover the statistical proof that the removal of prayer did indeed take its toll on America. Below are just a few of the charts featured in Barton’s report, with a brief explanation of each:

Figure 1: The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is an academic test that measures the developed verbal and math reasoning of a student exiting from high school or some similar type of learning facility. The results of these tests are commonly used by colleges and universities to indicate the strength of a student’s academic preparation and his potential for success on the college level.

Figure 1 shows how drastically the actual knowledge of high school students began to drop at an accelerating rate after 1962. Barton notes in his report that the upturn in SAT scores since 1981 is due to the increase in private Christian educational facilities which began to flourish at that time. Statistics have proven that students from private Christian schools showed higher academic achievement and higher test scores.

Figure 2: This graph shows the increase in sexual activity in unmarried teen-age girls after the 1962 Supreme Court decision. It is evident from the figures provided that in the years previous to the removal of prayer the rates remained stable and relatively unchanged. In the post- prayer years the numbers immediately began to soar. The sudden increase on the graph appears as if a great restraining force had suddenly been removed.

Figure 3: Unwed women 15-19 years of age showed a phenomenal increase in the rate of pregnancies after the School Prayer decision. Note that the figure jumps drastically after the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision which made abortion legal in the U.S. The United States now has the highest incidence of teen-age motherhood in any Western country.

Figure 4: For the 15-19 and 20-24 age group, the rates of youth suicide remained relatively unchanged during the years from 1946 to the School Prayer decision in 1962. But in the years since, suicides among the same group have increased 253 percent, or an average of 10.5 percent per year.

Figure 5: Stability in the family has also been affected since the 1962 decision. Divorce, single parent families, couples living together but not married, and adultery are areas of family breakdown which have experienced radical growth in recent years. In the graph above, the increase in single parent families (households with only a mother and children) are detailed. Note the dotted line at the bottom, which shows the rate of growth prior to the 1962 decision.

Figure 6: Crime, productivity, and national morality had been on a fairly stable level prior to the 1962 decision, but that is no longer the case. It is obvious that such a quantity of students praying for their nation had a very positive effect on the course that this nation had taken. The rate of violent crime, as shown above, has risen over 330 percent.

If you would like a copy of America: To Pray or Not to Pray?, send $7.95 to Specialty Research Associates, P.O. Box 397, Aledo, TX 76008. All of the figures and statistics compiled in this book are taken from data made available by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, Statistical Abstracts of the United States, Vital Statistics of the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other official sources.

http://www.forerunner.com/forerunner/X0124_When_America_stopped.html

A letter from my friend Gerry:

Well usually I don’t delete, but I don’t always pass it on either, but in this case I feel I must pass it on because this sort of omission, in my opinion, plays a major role in the underlying degradation problem confronting this nation of ours. The way I understand it, in the beginning this nation was based on Christian morals and ethics, not Jud-ism, Islam-ism, Bud-ism, Atheism or just plain nothing at all-ism. All beliefs however were tolerated, unlike most of the other nations of the world. All this began to change big time with the gross misinterpretation of the First Amendment of our Constitution, by the U.S. Supreme Count, regarding the words “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” That was all that was printed in the Constitution about religion. Then the legal half-wits and deconstructionists somehow managed to convince us that it meant “separation of church and state” in spite of our many government buildings in Washington, D.C., including the Supreme Court building, having a reference,to God chiseled into the stone fascia of their building..In my opinion that con-job played a major role in the beginning of the end of our great and wonderful country. Unfortunate the timid religious leaders of the time, as they still are today, chose to remain silent (and we are still suffering from this false interpretation on the many issues of ethics confronting us). The moving story below, true or false, won’t mean much to some, but for me I’m choosing to pass it along because it simply makes me feel better dispelling this stupid and destructive myth regarding the meaning of the First Amendment, and the resulting corrupt self-serving governance we are all suffering from as a consequence. I for one feel obligated to dispel this destruction myth. Pass it on or delete it. Gerry
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—– Forwarded Message —–

Subject: Agree or Delete

T his is by a daughter of a murdered couple in Raytown, MO ,
who had a Bible and Bookstore on 63rd street .. She says:

When I had to testify at the murder trial of my parents a week ago, I was asked to raise my right hand… The bailiff started out, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”

I stood there and waited but she said nothing. She said, “Do you?”

I was so stunned I blurted out, “What happened to “so help me God’?”

She came back with, “Do you?” I replied yes, but I was perplexed.

Then the judge said, “You can say that if you want to.”

I stopped, raised my right hand, and finished with, “So help me God!”

I told my son and daughter that when it came time for them to testify, they should do the same.

I don’t know what can be done about it, but it’s time for us to step up and DO something.

NBC this morning had a poll on this question.. They had the highest number of responses that they have ever had for one of their polls, and the percentage was the same as this:

86% to keep the words, 14% against.. That is a pretty ‘commanding’ public response.

I was asked to send this on if I agreed or delete if I didn’t.

Now it is your turn.. It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.

Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having, “In God We Trust” on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Why is the world catering to this 14%?

If you agree, pass this on, if not, simply delete….

In God We Trust
If You Choose To Delete
Perhaps Then You Are Part Of The Problem

Me? I’m Passing It On.
It seems to get worse daily.

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