The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction – Proverbs 1:7

RELIGIOUS RIGHTS IN SCHOOL

The proposed mention of religion, along with the use of the Bible, has been strongly misunderstood when applied to public schools. The Supreme Court has ruled that teaching about religion and using the Bible in the classroom may both exist in any curriculum if they are not a part of religious worship, but are integrated as a part of the offerings within a secular program.

The Supreme Court clearly affirmed this position in Stone vs. Graham, when it stated that “the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like.“ The Bible is not only “appropriate,” but necessary for students to have a complete historical picture of mankind. Through much misinformation given to our schools from sincere but often misguided anti-religious organizations, children have been denied the “right-to-learn,” the “right-to-know,” and the “right-to-be” all they could become.

In the Supreme Court case of Nyquist, the court outlines clearly “that the First Amendment does not forbid all mention of religion in public schools; it is the advancement or Inhibition of religion that is prohibited.”In its ruling on the McGowan case, the Supreme Court said, “Government involvement In an activity of unquestionable religious origin does not contravene the Establishment Clause if its present purpose and effect is secular.”

Since the Bible and religion are extremely valuable components of the study of our history and the development of civilization, they offer much toward attaining a comprehensive, world-class education. The objectives of a “Bible Literature” class are: To equip students with literary forms and symbols in the Bible that are constantly referred to in art, music, and literature. To give the student understanding of the influence of the Bible on history, law, community, and cultural life. To give insight into the founding fathers’ worldviews taken from the Bible promoting human rights, women’s rights, social justice, etc. To provide knowledge of Middle-Eastern history (Jewish-Arab), conflicts, geography, and religions. To teach students how to learn, and use, multiple and complex reference skills. Enforce the importance of religion in world and national history, without teaching or imposing any doctrinal belief.

Patrick Henry said, “The Bible is a book worth more than all other books that were ever printed.” Thomas Jefferson was the first President of the Washington D.C. school board which adopted the Bible as a primary reader. Students have been denied their constitutional rights long enough. And they have not been given all the facts of history and of the influence of the Bible. Most do not know that the Bible has been the number one best-seller each year since the invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1456. Last year, the Bible outsold its nearest modern rival by more than five times. No one could rightly claim to be educated today, or to be a true intellectual, who has never read this powerful and exciting book that has transformed innumerable lives, influenced kings and presidents, and guided entire nations. To what can we compare it? Such vast amounts of writing and art contain Biblical allusions that ignorance of the Bible cripples any meaningful study of literature or the arts.

“My custom is to read four or five chapters of the Bible every morning immediately after rising. It seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day. It is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue.” – President – John Quincy Adams

“I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man.” – President – Abraham Lincoln

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” – President – Theodore Roosevelt

“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” – President – Calvin Coolidge

“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.” – President – Ronald Reagan


Why can’t I have a Bible in school?
I study hard and am really trying!
But bullets are flying and my classmates are dying?
Why can’t I have a Bible in school?

Why can’t I have a Bible in school?
The kids in school are hurting and feeling no worth.
Our mommies suffered through pain and labor to give us birth.
If my classmates only knew Jesus died for us to show we have worth!
Why can’t I have a Bible in school?

Why can’t I have a Bible in school?
The kids that don’t know Jesus try to beat me on the bus.
I gave my life to Jesus. Jesus shows us love and HE the one to trust!
Why can’t I have my Bible in school?

Why can’t I have my Bible in school?
My friends have no family, they feel like they are a bother.
If they just knew Jesus, they would know they had a father!
Why can’t I have a Bible in school?

Why can’t I have a Bible in school?
Satan trying hard to win, my classmates full of sin!
I am struggling but I am born again.
Why can’t I have a Bible in school?

Why can’t I have a Bible in school?
My classmates live their lives by alcohol and Drugs!
Jesus taught me to live by Love and hugs.
Why can’t I have a Bible in school?