By placing their faith in the principles advanced by creation’s God for education, Americans achieved liberty from brutal rulers and the history of big government.

Benjamin Franklin, a delegate from Pennsylvania to the second Continental Congress and signer of the Constitution of the United States, wrote this in his Articles of Belief: “I believe there is one supreme, most perfect Being… Also when I stretch my imagination through and beyond our system of planets, beyond the visible fixed stars themselves, into that space that is [in] every way infinite, and conceive it filled with suns like ours, each with a chorus of worlds forever moving around him… That I may be preserved from atheism . . . Help me, O Father!… For all thy innumerable benefits; for life, and reason… my good God, I thank thee!”

John Quincy Adams, America’s sixth president: “The law given from Sinai was civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code; it contained many statutes… of universal application–laws essential to the existence of men in society [of the United States], and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws.”

To justify taxpayer-funded education, instruction must detail the civil and moral absolutes found in the Ten Commandments but rightly avoid controversy of religious codes that are the domain of church denominations. The depth of spiritual conviction of these absolutes is spelled out in the Creator-based Declaration of Independence, religious liberty (First Amendment), and the Bill of [human] Rights law. Citizen equality as sovereigns under God over government is demonstrated when randomly chosen citizens serve as the supreme court for judgment of guilt or innocence in criminal trials conducted by government officials. The above values are the design, and the Constitution is the tool to implement that design.

The preamble to the Constitution, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare [meaning common needs that do not conflict with or hamper the development of the work ethic and personal self-reliance], and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

“Our investigation indicates that the main reason for youthful rebellion and the attitude of carelessness in student morals is their loss of confidence in the wisdom embedded in their heritage. Failure to dearly implant these truths detaches future generations from past experience, the very basis of education” (Grand Jury Presentment, 1968-69, Problems in Higher Education, the Eleventh Judicial of Iowa).

~ D. Norris

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