In 1960, atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair sued the Baltimore City Public School System in the case of Murray v. Curlett to have prayer and Bible reading taken out of public schools.
She used her 14 year old son, William J. Murray, III, as the plaintiff.
The case went to the Supreme Court where it was combined with the case of Abington Township v. Schempp, which gave the unprecedented decision that school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools is unconstitutional.
Then, in Engel v. Vitale, 1962, the Supreme Court made school-sponsored prayer in public schools unconstitutional.
O'Hair's son, William J. Murray, III, disassociated himself from his atheist mother and became a renown Christian author and speaker. He founded the Religious Freedom Coalition to aid persecuted Christians in Communist and Islamic countries.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair, referred to as "the most hated woman in America," disappeared in 1995 amidst rumor and speculation.
In 2001, an FBI investigation discovered that her practice of hiring felons as body guards was a fateful mistake.
The felons she had hired made her empty her bank accounts and give them the money. Then they murdered her and buried her mutilated body on a remote ranch in Texas.
President Ronald Reagan commented, March 6, 1984, regarding the Supreme Court's opinion:
"From the early days of the American colonies, prayer in schools was practiced and revered as an important tradition.
... Indeed, for nearly 2 centuries of our history it was considered a natural expression of our religious freedom. Then in 1962, the Supreme Court declared school prayer illegal.
... Well, I firmly believe the loving God who has blessed our land and made us a good caring people should never have been expelled from America's classrooms."
The simple prayer declared unconstitutional be the Supreme Court had been in a public school in New Hyde Park, New York:
"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen."
Prior to Franklin Roosevelt appointing him to the Supreme Court, Black had been a Democrat Senator from Alabama, whose only court experience was one year as a city court judge.
Many predicted that removal of prayer and Bible reading from public schools would result in an increase in crime in schools.
The Democrat Party's three time candidate for President, 1896, 1900, and 1908, William Jennings Bryan, had written in the New York Times, September 7, 1913:
"A religion which teaches personal responsibility to God gives strength to morality.
There is a powerful restraining influence in the belief that an all-seeing eye scrutinizes every thought and word and act of the individual."
In a little over 50 years after prayer was taken out of schools problems has gone from chewing gum and running in the hallways to drugs, fighting, robbery, vandalism, assault, rape, suicide, murder, school shootings, and the transgendered agenda, which effectively severed the last ties to Biblical morality.
Jesus taught in Mark 10:6, "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female" and warned in Matthew 18:6:
"If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."
Two days after Hugo Black's decision to stop school prayer, Senator Robert Byrd addressed Congress, June 27, 1962:
"Inasmuch as our greatest leaders have shown no doubt about God's proper place in the American birthright, can we, in our day, dare do less? ...
In no other place in the United States are there so many, and such varied official evidences of deep and abiding faith in God on the part of Government as there are in Washington."
"Inside the rotunda is a picture of the Pilgrims about to embark from Holland on the sister ship of the Mayflower, the Speedwell.
... The ship's revered chaplain, Brewster, who later joined the Mayflower, has open on his lap the Bible.
Very clear are the words, 'the New Testament according to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.'
Senator Byrd added:
"Every session of the House and the Senate begins with prayer. Each house has its own chaplain ...
... The 83rd Congress set aside a small room in the Capitol, just off the rotunda, for the private prayer and meditation of members of Congress.
The room is always open when Congress is in session, but it is not open to the public.
... The room's focal point is a stained glass window showing George Washington kneeling in prayer. Behind him is etched these words from Psalm 16:1: 'Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust' ...
... The phrase, 'In God We Trust,' appears opposite the President of the Senate, who is the Vice-President of the United States.
... The same phrase, in large words inscribed in the marble, backdrops the Speaker of the House of Representatives ...
... Above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are the Ten Commandments, with the great American eagle protecting them.
... Moses is included among the great lawgivers in Herman A MacNeil's marble sculpture group on the east front.
The crier who opens each session closes with the words, 'God save the United States and this Honorable Court.'
... Lining the walls of the stairwell are such biblical phrases as 'Search the Scriptures,' 'Holiness to the Lord,' 'Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.'
... Numerous quotations from Scripture can be found within its (the Library of Congress) walls.
One reminds each American of his responsibility to his Maker: 'What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly and love mercy and walk humbly with thy God'(Micah 6:8) ...
... Another in the lawmaker's library preserves the Psalmist's acknowledgment that all nature reflects the order and beauty of the Creator, 'The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork' (Psalm 19:1).
And still another reference: 'The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not' (John 1:5) ...
... Millions have stood in the Lincoln Memorial and gazed up at the statue of the great Abraham Lincoln.
The sculptor who chiseled the features of Lincoln in granite all but seems to make Lincoln speak his own words inscribed into the walls.
'... That this Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.'
... At the opposite end, on the north wall, his Second Inaugural Address alludes to 'God,' the 'Bible,' 'providence,' 'the Almighty,' and 'divine attributes.'
It then continues:
'As was said 3000 years ago, so it still must be said, The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether ...'"
Senator Robert Byrd concluded:
"On the south banks of Washington's Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson still speaks:
'God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.'
Jefferson's words are a forceful and explicit warning that to remove God from this country will destroy it."
Senator Robert Byrd was born in West Virginia on November 20, 1917, was the longest serving member of the United States Senate rising to the position of Senate Majority Leader.
He was elected from West Virginia as a Democrat to Congress in 1953, and served in the Senate from 1959-2010. He never lost an election.
Byrd was praised by Democrat Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
"Senator Byrd was a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility ... It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Byrd.
He was not just its longest serving member, he was its heart, its soul, and its historian. From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance ...
As Secretary of State, I continued to rely on his advice and counsel."
Byrd was honored by Democrat President Obama who spoke of his death that the U.S. Senate "has lost a venerable institution and America has lost a voice of principle and reason."
West Virginia's Democrat Congressman Nick Joe Rahall addressed the U.S. House of Representatives, August 11, 1992:
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce a House joint resolution calling for the designation of Thanksgiving week as 'America's Christian Heritage Week' ...
One of the first things we, our parents before us, and our children after us, learned in school was that the settlement of America came about because of the desire of oppressed peoples to have the freedom to worship as they please ...
And while we watch ... emerging democracies ... turn from the long held atheism of communism to true religious freedoms, we find ourselves, with heavy hearts, watching our own Government succumb to pressures to distant itself from God and religion ...
It was not ... mere chance that placed the freedom to worship according to individual conscience among the first freedoms specified in the Bill of Rights ...
When Abraham Lincoln sat apart a day for national prayer and humiliation, he cried out: 'We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God ...'"
Rep. Rahall continued:
"Help us make our families truly free by teaching them that God holds us all accountable ...
The freedom we give thanks for ... especially ... on Thanksgiving day, is at stake when we can no longer hear a child's prayer in school, or a benediction at a high school students' graduation ceremony ...
There is no better place than this great land of America for people to ... declare that our trust is in God, and that we look to His commandments and teachings for values that fortify and give direction to our families ...
We as Members of Congress begin our session in the House Chamber with a prayer and we follow it by a pledge of allegiance which contains the words, 'one Nation under God, indivisible' ...
As Members we are deeply familiar with George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, acknowledging the Providence of Almighty God."
West Virginia's Democrat Governor Gaston Caperton proclaimed March 8-14, 1992, as "Christian Heritage Week":
"WHEREAS, The importance of Christian Heritage to the traditions and values of our state is immeasurable ... and
WHEREAS, The community church serves a vital function in binding folk together and providing crucial education and charitable services; and
WHEREAS, Teaching future generations of West Virginians the all important role of Christian Heritage is of crucial concern to West Virginians of all faiths;
NOW, THEREFORE, Be it Resolved that I, Gaston Caperton, Governor of the State of West Virginia, do hereby proclaim March 8, 1992 through March 14, 1992 as: 'CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK' in West Virginia."
West Virginia's Constitution, from 1872 to the present, states in its Preamble:
"Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia, in and through the provisions of this Constitution, reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God."
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