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Taking Prayer Out of the Schools

America is an incredible country with some dumb resolutions to its conflicts with minorities. I can understand our Supreme Court’s when it ruled Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional. NOT. They should have read the Constitution.

That was the first dagger thrown toward the heart of freedom of speech. A lot of this is because an atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, brought a suit against the American People. It was really brought against a school that stood for all of us. Murray did not succeed however; consolidated with Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), it was heard by the United States Supreme Court, which ruled that official Bible-reading in American public schools was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court had prohibited officially sponsored prayer in schools in Engel v. Vitale (1962) on similar grounds.

Since when does a Christian country founded on Christian principals change our laws to meet a few and bow to the demands of an atheist minority. Madalyn Murray O’Hair, although not ultimately responsible for removing prayer from our schools, became the most hated person in America. Our country, which was up in arms, was not protected by our own Supreme Court. Get out of here, God. You do not belong.

How does this happen? The first amendment was never intended by our Christian founding fathers to restrain states or schools from prayer or reading the Bible. Our federal government is prohibited from doing this. The reasons citizens have guns is to protect us against our own government.

Today we have numerous school shootings. We had shootings before prayer was taken out of the schools to be sure, but rarely. The majority of school shootings have taken place after removal of prayer. Since 2000, there have been more than 130 shootings at elementary, middle and high schools and 58 at colleges.

Quite contradictory, is it not? We have a bunch of kids killed and the first thing we do is start praying. Haven’t we got the order wrong? Don’t we pray first so the shootings will not take place? Here is a conversation between a student and God following one of those shootings.

“Dear God, Why do you allow so much violence in our schools?” Signed, A concerned student.

God replies, “Dear concerned student, I’m not allowed in schools.”

God bless America.

The Maverick Doctor, Rick R. Redalen, M.D.

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Dr. Rick is a retired American physician, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has done mission work around the country and around the world. He is now on a mission to improve healthcare in America. Visit or email him at

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