Privately Important, But Publicly Irrelevant

"Many believe that religion should be confined to the private sphere.  They want religion, in Francis Schaeffers's words, "privately important, but publicly irrelevant."  But the truth is that public people living out public lives have always been subject to public oaths and understandings that invoke the name and sanction of God.  According to historian David McCullough, George Washington added "so help me God" to the presidential oath, and it has stuck ever since.  In the face of communism in the 1950s, Congress added "under God" to the pledge of allegiance and made "One Nation Under God" our national motto.  Those who preceded us knew the wisdom of inculcating an understanding of God and the roots of conscience in all Americans — even in public schools.  The "lowest common denominator" result of the 1962 school prayer decision was not only foolish constitutionally, but self-destructive nationally.  Our public schools have never been the same since." 

– Why It's Time to Speak about God Again,  Jay Haug, The American Thinker

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