HUGE LIE #1
A dangerous and effective propaganda has Americans self-silencing their consciences out of political correctness, instead of bringing faith, morals and inalienable rights into public discussions and decisions about behavior, culture and policies.
This “Huge Lie #1” is an ongoing, deliberate deception that the phrase “a wall of separation between church and state” is part of the Constitution and forbids any meaningful public reference to God or morals.
This lie, perpetuated in our media, entertainment, schools and universities is pervasive and unchallenged!
In fact, Thomas Jefferson penned that phrase in support of individual freedom of conscience. Writing that “religion is a matter which lies solely between Man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship…” Jefferson went on to cite the first amendment as protecting churches and each individual’s religious practices from government interference “thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”
from Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists, 1801
HUGE LIE #2
As a supposedly undeniable support for “Huge Lie #1” Americans are deceived and bullied with “Huge Lie #2”: that our public (state) schools are God-Free Zones. This lie permeates our universe of teachers and administrators, students and parents, and even clergy.
Almost unknown are protections explained in the U.S Department of Education’s Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools. These guidelines list many situations when students may pray alone or with others, write and speak about God and their faith, institute religious based clubs, read the Bible and other religious books and wear clothing and jewelry with religious messages.
As long as these activities are student initiated, student lead, non-compulsory and non-disruptive, they are protected in public schools. The guidelines also state that schools may not be hostile toward religion, yet, every day too many students are intimidated, shamed and disciplined for protected expressions of faith.