Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that violent crimes have increased by 439%, while non-violent crimes also increased by 418% nationwide since 1962 when compared to crime rates for today (Bureau of the Census 140). But crime rates stood constant in years previous to 1962. Something happened in this one year that changed America.
In 1962 a lawsuit was brought before the Supreme Court stating that prayer was a violation of separation of church and state. After the Board of Regents in New York approved a short prayer to be said before school voluntarily the Engel family was outraged. Seeing this action as attacking their freedom of religion, the Engel family filed a lawsuit. The Supreme Court decided that a set time in schools for prayer, any prayer, was unconstitutional.
Schools around the nation were required to stop all scheduled prayers. Teachers were to no longer acknowledge any god without first being asked by a student. No prayer could be said allowed unless said by a student. All acknowledging of God was stopped. The separation of church and state became complete.
But this separation went further than that. It cut deeply into the character of the students. Students were no lo...
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So does love oppose violence? Yes, if it is patient, forgiving, and just. This love opposes violence completely. So, Macon, what will you do? Will you stand by and let your community fall apart around you or will you stand and show the love that is required? The choice is yours and yours alone. What will you choose?
New International Version. [Colorado Springs]: Biblica, 2011. BibleGateway.com. Web. September 27, 2011.
NewsCentral Staff. “Teen Violence Program.” NewsCentral. Ed. NewsCentral Staff. August 15, 2011. WGXA-TV and its affiliated companies. September 24, 2011.
U.S. Bureau of the Census, Statistical Abstract of the United States. Eighty-second edition. Washington, D.C., 1961. < http://www2.census.gov/prod2/statcomp/documents/1961-01.pdf>
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