What was once considered good is now evil, and vice-versa. Truth has been supplanted by political correctness, a term borrowed from Marxist philosophies. We have become a happily depraved society with no inclination of turning back -- but how did we get here?
I believe the answer came with the infamous 1947 Everson decision, which sanctified the phrase "separation of church and state." This phrase was given a meaning totally antithetical to its intended purpose, and infused into our culture a metaphor with the ultimate explanation of the "true" meaning of the First Amendment.
This laid the philosophical foundation of the atrocious 1962 and 1963 decisions to remove prayer and Bible-reading at the beginning of each day, respectively, from our public schools. This further led to the 1980 Supreme Court decision to remove public displays of the Ten Commandments from public schools. The court, in its convoluted reasoning, complained that schoolchildren would be induced to "read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey the commandments." One can only imagine what our public schools would be like today if this ever happened!
Noah Webster, the foremost founder of America's education system, stated, "The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good and the best corrector of all that is evil in human society." Abraham Lincoln further stated, "The philosophy of education in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next generation." Both were correct, and America is living proof of this.
I submit that we go back to the fork in the road, 1947, and continue down that righteous path laid out for us by our Founding Fathers. Otherwise, America's situation will only worsen, for we are building upon sinking sand.
Brian Regitko, Evans