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Prayer has always been part of the culture of the United States of America, its people, and its foundation. George Washington himself was a devout Christian, as were most of the founding fathers. The hand of God directed the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. Christianity found its way into the very heart of our nation and remained the pulse of this country until 1962.

That year was one of tragedy, opposition, and downfall for young people in America. That year the Supreme Court prohibited prayer in schools. Ironically, the Supreme Court judges struck prayer from our nation's educational system in the same building where the Ten Commandments were hanging. They destroyed this part of our heritage, threw it away like a used scrap of paper, considered it useless in the present day. Yet, our president prays in the Oval Office.

Since 1962 young people in America have been in a downward spiral with nothing to catch them. They have nothing to cling to, no set of guiding morals, nothing to tell them the difference ­between right and wrong. Nothing to believe in; no ­foundation and no comfort for the agitated soul. Instead of upholding our Constitution, the Supreme Court ­destroyed it.

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Patrick Henry, a founding father and signer of the Constitution. Our country was founded on Christianity. That Christianity ought not to be taken from us.

Indeed, James Madison, our fourth president, said: “Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.” He would never have approved of the 1962 ruling of the Supreme Court – in fact, he would have cursed it. If our founders were here today, they would be putting their feet down and changing the United States back to the way it should be. The Ten Commandments would be hung in schools, prayer would be reestablished in the schoolhouse, and our government's ways would be corrected.

John Hancock, the first signer of Declaration of Independence, said: “Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” God guided the fathers to give us the right of prayer – prayer in schools, prayer in public, and prayer everywhere. We have instead succumbed to the broken ways of the world and obliterated the words of not only our founders but God as well.

With God – the Creator of the universe, Savior of sinners, the Prince of Peace, the Shepherd of all mankind – I will uphold John Hancock's words and “nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us”!

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Ruth solomon said...
Mar. 17 at 8:51 pm
Cool and weird at the same time......
Patriot said...
Feb. 1 at 9:55 am
Assuming that God had a hand in creating the Bill of Rights, and guided the U.S to where it was in 1962, where was he when slavery dominated the South? Prayer was still taught in schools then, and both slaves and their masters were often times Christian, but God simply allowed that to happen? While the slave masters beat and abused other Christians of a different skin color, God chose not to intervene at all, despite their loyal following?
Caleb.Andrews said...
Jan. 26, 2015 at 11:13 pm
How in the world was such a ghastly article published in the magazine? My respect for TeenInk just took a major blow...
Lucy-AgnesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm
And my respect for Teen Ink has been heightened. :)
Chloe123 said...
Jul. 16, 2014 at 7:16 pm
It's probably useless to post yet another comment telling you why you are wrong. But, of course, I will anyway. At least a brief one. First of all, you can pray in school all you want. Everyone has the individual right to pray whenever they want, wherever they want, as long as they don't coerce others into supporting there religion or interrupt the peace. So pray in school. Feel free. And in that way, I will be able to decline from doing so without feeling the wrath of my peers. No relig... (more »)
SomethingWitty said...
May 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm
I could not possibly post a response to this in the form of a comment, so I wrote my own article on it. I would love if you (the author of this article) would read it and respond however you may. The link is here:
Virgil said...
Feb. 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm
So, as I began reading this artical, I thought it was satire. Then I actually kept reading and realized that you actually believe what you're saying. SO, I am going to try to do what it seems the Texas (shocker) education system is incapable of doing. The US Constitution was orignially founded with (yet not upon the) basis of religious freedom and other liberties. What you ar arguing is that forced prayer should be brought back into schools, and I would be inclined, for the progression of ... (more »)
JesusandHisLawyers replied...
May 28, 2014 at 12:32 am
Thanks for summing that up neatly for me, ha. Another thing: You can pray in school. Nobody is going to stop you unless you're being discruptive (so doing it vocally while a teacher is talking). I doubt anybody will care. 
CharleyLatta said...
Feb. 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm
It isn't a big deal if you pray in school, but making everyone else pray with you is the issue.
writinggurl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 8, 2014 at 9:38 am
What if people old you to take you opinions somewhere else? ( I would not do that) but I mean teachers and school are allowed to teach evolution which i dont believe in but still have to listen to. Why is it a big deal if I pray in school? If you and others are allowed to denounce God and Jesus then I am allowed to announce God and Jesus just as much as you are!
JesusandHisLawyers replied...
May 28, 2014 at 12:33 am
Nobody cares if you pray in school. It's not illegal to pray in school, FORCED prayer is what is illegal as the public education system is secular, as it should be.  And evolution is taught in school because it is backed up by sound scientific evidence. If you have anything to dispute that evidence, step up to claim your Nobel prize. 
Shepherd said...
Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm
Would you feel the same way if I wanted to start Islamic and Jewish prares? 
TimexxFlies replied...
Oct. 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm
Yes. It's all prayer
SomethingWitty replied...
May 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm
I'm a devout Pastafarian and I can gaurentee that if I were to pray to His Holiness, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, I would be ridiculed. Why can I gaurentee this? Because it has already happened.
Aramis_Lucetti replied...
May 27, 2014 at 1:55 pm
Pastafarian in is a parody of relegion any way. i don't think anyone actually belives in it. I could be wrong though, I could be wrong though.
kmeep said...
Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm
This article is so true.
RiverSong said...
Nov. 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm
There is absolutely nothing in the Constitution that suggests that the founding fathers intended this country to be Christian. In fact, it is the opposite: they intended this country to have freedom of the religion. As in, don't force prayer on kids in a government-funded school. No one's stopping you from praying on your own, but if you want school-sponsored prayer, I suggest you uphold the Constitution and go to a private school.
writinggurl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 8, 2014 at 9:32 am
That is the whole reason people traveled over to America on the Mayflower was for freedom of relegion. This country was and is founded on Christian fundementals. 
CharleyLatta replied...
Feb. 8, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Do you hear yourself? "That is the whole reason people traveled over to America on the Mayflower was for freedom of religion."  So let's make everyone pray with Christian prayers.
writinggurl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm
You misunderstood I think that christian prayer should be aloud in school. I DID NOT SAY that everybody should pray christian prayer. It would be stupid to pray to something you don't believe but still keep that right to peoplewho still believe like our founding fathers.
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