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As autumn begins to creep ever closer, children around the country are returning to school after the long summer vacation. It’s a good time for religious nuts to begin sending out their emails hammering on how the public education system is relentlessly continuing to ban God from our schools.

You’ve got to wonder about someone who tells a lie to promote belief in their God, don’t you?

Take, for example, an undying email quoting words purportedly written by Ben Stein about why our world is like it is today. “...being the gentleman He [God] is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

“In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said okay.

“Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said okay.”

Oh, please.

Ben Stein is a powerful speaker with an undeniably strong faith in God. He read an excellent piece on his support of Christmas celebrations for a CBS television show. But he didn’t say what’s quoted above. I guess someone thought that if they added their own thoughts to those of Ben Stein, people might give them more credence. Because for some people, the end justifies the means. Even if their God said pretty implicitly, “thou shalt not lie.”

But the lie goes further than putting words in Ben Stein’s mouth - because this writer promotes an erroneous view that both God and the Bible are banned from our schools. God isn’t banned. The Bible isn’t banned. But the establishment of religion most certainly is.

Thank God for that.

The so-called Establishment Clause in our Constitution reflected the concerns of men who recognized that many of those living in the country that would become America were there because their personal beliefs about God (religion) were ‘banned’ as they didn’t match that country’s ‘established’ religion.

The next time someone sends you an email telling you we need “God in our schools,” ask them “Which God? Yours, or mine?” Do you really want government to determine the answer to that question? Personally, I think our founding fathers got it right.                           

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Landon Otis

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