Provide the springboard for moral imagination in our nation's schools! Here are the "Top Five" reasons we must act now:
1.) This is actually doable... the long lasting affect upon coming generations could be Good beyond measure. It may not complete the needed work… but it will open so many doors... minds... hearts. This is absolutely not yet another call for public prayer, inculcation of religious tenets, etc. that cannot be sustained in a pluralistic society wherein people of many faiths contribute their taxdollars to “the common good.” “The Foundations of Liberty Act” is not vulnerable to rhetorical or legal attacks, as it requires only America’s richest tradition, Liberty! The use of the terms God, Creator, Divine Providence, etc. does not “establish” a religion; it doesn’t even identify one. Simply put, if the Declaration of Independence is still okay, then this Bill is okay. This is a battle we can win. The prevailing orthodoxy masquerades as solid and strong, but it is only unchallenged hubris... the proverbial paper tiger. “Self-evident truths” are still able to overcome the obstacles before us... this is our noble heritage.
2.) Such challenges are always with us. I was told by almost every educator that it was impossible to start a program for schools wherein a God-centered Worldview could be presented for open consideration. They were wrong, as I created Project American Life… serving thousands of schoolchildren annually for the past 20 years.... students considering the meaning and purpose of their existence... often for the very first time. We are continually blessed in seeing the fruits of these mind-expanding, heart-warming, and soul-inspiring adventures. Consider... each and every day for 13 years, something is generally missing from the public school classroom: the consideration of the Greater… hope in something (Someone) beyond themselves… realization of a Power above all human power… the Promise of God’s Paradigm of Liberty! Thus, the present structure does not allow for any serious consideration of the things that really matter in life. Our nation’s schoolchildren only need to be able to freely ask… to freely seek.. to freely knock… the “self-evident truths” are still here.
3.) Sure, the antagonists will not run away… they will strike like cornered rattlesnakes. And, of course, those on the sidelines will just watch, as usual. However, in passing this Bill, the operational structures totally change: Those who still believe in our nation's Founding Principles will no longer have to constantly cower in defensive postures... or seek endless legal address. In an incredible turn of events, the less than 1% of self-anointed radical secularists must make legal appeal if they are "offended" by the ideas within the Declaration of Independence. So, let them bring their case... in the open... in the light of day. Our nation's Founding Principles will stand; they have only been dismissed and ignored, never discredited. Let these elites create their own private schools… let them be the ones to pay twice… and then, let us all consider the results. Yes, if we stand on the principles of the Declaration of Independence, all coming generations will be the winners! Each and every day, the 1st Amendment of the Constitution is violently violated, as there can be no “free exercise thereof” when the realms of ultimate meaning, moral cause, standards of measurement, etc. are deemed out-of-bounds. We are clearly now experiencing the more visible fruits of inculcating soullessness within the masses. C.S. Lewis is shouting to us, “The safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
4.) Consider the suburban child lost in a sea of consumerism, social media, and persistent meaningless blather... where will this lead? Such a child can be as lost as the most disadvantaged... or even more so. Consider the inner-city child without a father... having only a mother who must work a full-time job. Such a child is in an almost hopeless situation. He or she dutifully gets on the school bus… but is taken to a place where his/her greatest longings… most vivid dreams of childhood… cannot be genuinely encouraged… can seldom grow... can never rise. The greatest Hope and Promise... that each of us has been "Created equal"... that the "Laws of Nature require" that we act... that there really are things such as "Divine Providence" and "sacred honor." Friends, these soul-inspiring ideas are strangely absent in our nation's public schools. Why?! Some day we will answer to this reality. Matthew 25 could easily be expanded… “I was in a meaningless, atheistic setting for 13 years of my life, and you did not bring me the Light of Liberty.” How did we get to this place in the only nation in the history of the world founded upon moral propositions… “self-evident truths” now deemed inappropriate for real application within our public schools?
5.) "They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Our nation's children are waiting on us... to break the chains of tyranny placed upon their minds... to provide the opportunity for moral imagination to grow and bear abundant fruit... to allow free play within the everlasting fields of green... to give free spirits the chance to soar! Here's to “the good fight”… and the Promise of Victory!