The following is taken directly from a letter I received a week ago from John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute.

According to the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey, Marcus Borden has fostered a “destructive environment” for students. What did Borden, a high school football coach in East Brunswick NJ and a recipient of the national Caring Coach of the Year award, do to create such a “destructive” environment? He bowed his head,

    silently

At other times, he knelt down on one knee–

    silently

That’s the extent of Coach Borden’s so-called destructive behavior, which to him was a sign of respect while his football players offered a simple, solemn prayer for safety and honor on the field. If the matter weren’t so serious, the accusations being leveled at Coach Borden would be laughable.

Ed Barocas, head of the New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union, insists that Borden “initiated student prayer”…, “encouraged student prayer”…, and “participated in student prayer.” And that, says Barocas, “is precisely the tragic result that the First Amendment was intended to prevent.”

Considering the deplorable state of our schools and the grave dangers that surround our young people–premarital sex and drug and alcohol abuse, to name just a few–I have a serious problem with Barocas describing as destructive anyone who serves as a positive role model for young people.

The ACLU is dead wrong. This incident is not about a teacher pushing religion on his students. It’s about political correctness run amok and, in the process, destroying our freedoms, in particular, our religious freedom. The forces of political correctness have grown so absurd that even the most obscure, non-verbal expressions are now being targeted for censorship.

For example, in Washington, a student woodwind ensemble was prevented from performing an instrumental arrangement of Ave Maria at their graduation ceremony because school officials feared it might be construed as religious……

Coach Marcus Borden wasn’t attempting to pray with his football players, nor was he leading them in prayer. All he did was show respect for their pre-game tradition by bowing his head. Traditions, after all, are important to Americans. And pre-game prayers are a longstanding football tradition. In fact, pre-game student-led prayer has been a regular part of the game of football since before Coach Borden started leading the team in 1983…..The prayers typically follow along the lines of, “Dear Lord, please guide us today in our quest in our game. Please let us represent our families and our communities well. Lastly, please guide our players and opponents so that they can come out of this game unscathed, no one is hurt.”

The Rutherford Institute filed a suit asking the courts to review the school’s prayer policy. They won at the district court level but the school appealed and just last month the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that a football coach may not silently bow his head or “take a knee” with his team as a gesture of respect for student-led prayers prior to a game.

John Whitehead writes for the Rutherford Institute: “When you consider all the negative influences that surround our young people–drugs, alcohol, premarital sex, violence, etc.–wouldn’t you breathe a little easier knowing that they had at least one role model to look up to who understands the importance of teamwork, responsibility, and concern for one’s follow human beings?” The Rutherford Institute is standing with Coach Borden in fighting for his right to bow his head when his team prays.

The courts have held in the past that student-led prayer is constitutional but a public official may not lead student prayer. Now he dare not bow his head! What next? Will the ACLU be saying that it is not permissible to silently pray on public property?

The world is out of whack. If anyone doubts that the United States has a Christian heritage please click here.

We became a great nation when we were a godly nation. Lately we are seen by other nations as exporting decadence and immorality. Any reference to God is being deliberately stripped from the public square – no creche on the public green, don’t say Merry Christmas, no more A..D and B.C. (It’s now BCE, before the common era, and CE ) Our churches, which should be guiding us in moral issues, can lose their tax exempt status if they speak out on the immorality of abortion, pornography, homosexual marriage, euthanasia, or just about anything. That makes them intolerant and there is nothing worse that intolerance! Just quoting the Bible can be labeled hate speech!

In 2003 Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Supreme Court building. Yet the Supreme Court Building in Washington DC depicts the Ten Commandments in several ways. In the history of law, is there anything that comes before the Ten Commandments? Of course not. But the idea that they came from GOD is unacceptable.

The American Family Association is producing DVDs on the subject of Speechless – Silencing the Christians. Some can be viewed on this site and the schedule for their showing on television is here.

Finally, the above-mentioned Judge Roy Moore has penned the following lines:

America the Beautiful,
or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride;
I’m glad they’ll never see.

Babies piled in dumpsters,
Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty;
your house is on the sand.

Our children wander aimlessly
poisoned by cocaine,
Choosing to indulge their lusts,
when God has said abstain.

From sea to shining sea,
our Nation turns away
From the teaching of God’s love
and a need to always pray.

We’ve kept God in our temples,
how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool,
and Heaven is His throne.

We’ve voted in a government
that’s rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges
who throw reason out the door,

Too soft to place a killer
in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby
before he leaves the womb.

You think that God’s not angry,
that our land’s a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait
before His judgment comes?

How are we to face our God,
from Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do,
but stem this evil tide?

If we who are His children,
will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face
and mend our evil way:

Then God will hear from Heaven
and forgive us of our sins,
He’ll heal our sickly land
and those who live within.

But, America the Beautiful,
if you don’t – then you will see,
A sad but Holy God
Withdraw His hand from thee.

~Judge Roy Moore