The American states did not become united until the constitutional delegates agreed to amendments that were specific about religious and educational freedom from government and nongovernment dictation. The first ten amendments included the codification of the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence (separation from authoritarian rule). Far from being secular, all aspects of human endeavor, including government, fall under the purview of creation’s God. The value system for determining the proper role of laws and the use of government power is clear. We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). Adoption of this morally-specific, nonsectarian, God-honoring predicate has served as a marvelous unifier for our diverse immigrant nation.
Secular militants claim to be patriots because, as they say, dissent is American. What they really mean is evident by how they have gutted traditional American values in public education. They demand freedom for themselves but reject the American concept of academic freedom (the freedom to be honestly informed) and the freedom of others to make their own choices. The soft underbelly of the secular left is the fact that they cannot withstand the competition of ideas. For them, it is intolerable to allow students to learn of the God of creation alongside their atheistic lifeview.
An elaboration of “In God We Trust” is found in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
The “In God We Trust” worldview has been the foundation for public education, beginning in the original thirteen colonies and continuing for over 250 years. Tragically, the Supreme Court ruling in the Everson v. Board of Education decision of 1947 began a dramatic shift away from “In God We Trust.”
Stay tuned for more discussion about socialism, civic religion and a strategy for restoring competition in education and choice by the people …
~ David Norris