June 17, 1963

On June 17, 1963, the US Supreme Court banned public schools from requiring their students to read the Lord’s Prayer and other Bible verses as part of their daily activities. The Supreme Court said that public schools were there for all students, not just Christian students and the separation of Church and State also applied to public schools. Evangelical Christians throughout the United States moaned and complained and said that this was one of the signs of the End of Times and that socialists and communists were winning in their war against God and the United States. When Christians were asked if it would be okay to force public school students to kneel and genuflect toward Mecca three times a day, they all shouted that no, it would not be okay, as it went against their rights to worship God as they believed to be true. They all said that it was illegal to force their children to worship a religion they knew to be false. It was sad that none of them saw the irony in their statements.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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