In 1954, Congress ordered that a room with facilities for prayer and meditation be made available in the United States Capitol. The seventh edition of The Capitol, an official publication of the United States Congress, describes the stained-glass window of the Congressional Prayer Room:
“The history that gives this room its inspirational lift is centered in the stained glass window. George Washington kneeling in prayer… is the focus of the composition… Behind Washington a prayer is etched: ‘Preserve me, O God, for in Thee I put my trust,’ the first verse of the sixteenth Psalm. There are upper and lower medallions representing the two sides of the Great Seal of the United States. On these are inscribed the phrases: annuit coeptis—’God has favored our undertakings’—and novas order seclorum—’A new order of the ages is born.’ Under the upper medallion is the phrase from Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address, ‘This Nation under God’… The two lower corners of the window each show the Holy scriptures, an open book and a candle, signifying the light from God’s law, ‘Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path [Psalm 119:105].”
Student understanding of this American civic religion in taxpayer-funded schools is a foremost curriculum requirement. By excluding the denominational creeds and biases that tend to be divisive, the people unify in support of governments that honor In God We Trust as a nonsectarian creed.
Militantly opposed by secular political correctness advocates and politicos, public school students need to be taught these traditional American character-building qualities. Students will soon be the leaders who will shape the future. Chief among the reasons for immigrating to America has been the Judeo-Christian respect for equal treatment under the law.
What is it that led to societal decay in Russia? The title of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1979 Harvard Templeton address was, “Godlessness, the First Step to the Gulag.” Creation’s God made us in His image so that we can experience the depth of His love—not only with Him, but also with each other (quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian historian and tireless critic of Communist authoritarians).
~ D. Norris
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