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Seeing results of God taken out of school

By James Lee Elliott | Apr 06, 2017

To the editor:

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” (Thomas Jefferson, 1816)

In the past few weeks, a former United States Attorney General who served under this nation’s 44th president made an impassioned plea for more, marching, blood and death on the streets of America. Her plea was posted on the Facebook page of Senate Democrats as “words of inspiration.”

In a speech delivered on October 27th, 1964 titled “A time for choosing,” Ronald Reagan stated: “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so. Yet, any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we’re always ‘against’ things – we’re never ‘for’ anything.”

The truth is that someone’s blood, death and resurrection did purchase our freedom, and the basic rights of people in God’s order are guaranteed by God himself and cannot be taken away by government at any level.

God did not deliver His plan for this nation or the world in secret. He announced it from a smoking mountaintop causing hundreds of millions of copies of His word to be printed in virtually every known language on earth.

But unfortunately, the same book that this nation’s elected president places their hand on when taking the oath of office, has not been allowed in the public school classrooms of this nation for over five decades.

After five decades, where God has been edited out of the curriculum of this nation’s public education, spiritual amnesia has set in and many in America do not know that there is good in this nation and it is worth fighting for.

The truth of American history and the foundations of this nation matter, and is fueling the fires of school choice in Fairfield, Iowa, and throughout this nation. We are witnessing the results of five decades of inferior public education in this nation that has been driven by expensive academic fads and social experimentation.

When “providence” is evicted from this nation’s counsels, schools, courts and assemblies, America witnesses the results of a society based on rule of man or woman.

Anyone who gets involved in the struggle for truth and freedom can be assured of being branded as being narrow-minded, negative, provincial, obstructionist, defender of fortress America, out of touch with the global reality, unskilled in foreign policy, intolerant, a hater, and of course, the usual bigoted fundamentalist, right-wind zealot, Christian causing disunity in the communities of this nation.

John Jay, president of the continental congress and the original Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court told us: “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and regulate your life by its precepts.”

The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration.


– James Lee Elliott, Fairfield


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