One Nation Under Godlessness

By Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

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Scanning the headlines of the latest scandals in America's schools, it's quite clear that the problem is not that there's too much God in students' lives.

The problem is that there isn't nearly enough of Him.

With the malfunction of moral seatbelts and the erosion of moral guardrails, too many kids have turned to a pantheon of false gods, crutches and palliatives. They're obsessed with “Slender Man” and “Vampire Diaries.” Alex from Target's hair and Rihanna's tattoos. Overpriced basketball sneakers and underdressed reality stars. Choking games and YouTube games. Gossip and hookups. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.

It's all about selfies over self-control, blurred lines over bright lines.

In a metastatic youth culture of soullessness and rootlessness, the idea of high school teens voluntarily using their free time to pray and sing hymns is not just a breath of fresh air. It's salvation.

But leave it to secularists run amok to punish faithful young followers of Christ.

Last week, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a religious freedom lawsuit against Pine Creek High School here in my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs. Chase Windebank, a senior at the District 20 school, had been convening an informal prayer group for the past three years “in a quiet area to sing Christian religious songs, pray, and to discuss issues of the day from a religious perspective.”

Windebank and his friends weren't disrupting classroom time. They shared their Christian faith during an open period earned by high-achieving students. Other kids used the time to play on their phones, eat snacks, get fresh air outside, or schedule meetings for a wide variety of both official and unofficial school clubs.

A Pine Creek choir teacher had given permission to Windebank and his fellow worshipers to meet in an empty music practice room. No complaints ever ensued from other students or faculty.

For three years, the group encountered no problems, according to ADF's complaint. But in late September, Windebank was summoned to the assistant principal's office and ordered to stop praying because of “the separation of church and state.”

The school singled out the young man of faith's harmless activities and banned members of his group from discussing current issues of the day from a religious perspective during an open period in an unobtrusive meeting place.

As Todd Starnes of Fox News, who broke the story of the lawsuit last week, lamented: “Public school administrators and their lawyers have succeeded in suppressing and oppressing the Christian voice at Pine Creek High School.”

It defies common sense that in conservative-leaning Colorado Springs, home to a vibrant faith community and leading evangelical organizations, students would be reprimanded and deprived of basic constitutional rights. As a letter from local parents to the school district decried:

“To what benefit does it serve a school to limit the ability for a student to pray with their friends, fellowship with their friends, or discuss daily events from a Christian perspective? It is obvious that School District 20 is taking a freedom FROM religion perspective, not a freedom OF religion perspective.”

Think about it: If the high-schoolers gathered in the cafeteria to listen to Billboard magazine's No. 1 pop hit “Habits (Stay High)” — “You're gone and I gotta stay high/ all the time/ to keep you off my mind” — school officials would have no issue.

If they lounged in a courtyard to joke about the latest girl-fight videos or off-color joke memes posted on Vine, no problem.

If they discussed the latest “Walking Dead” episode or napped in the library? All good.

But singing “Amazing Grace” and studying scripture? This subversion must be stopped!

How did we get here? And in Colorado Springs, of all places — not Berkeley or Boulder or Boston? Blame cowardice, ignorance and politically correct bureaucrats pledging allegiance to one nation, under godlessness, without religious liberty, and the occult of extreme secularism for all.

About: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild”. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

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    I have a question for you: why do you have such an issue with non-christians? I don’t have an issue with a member of any faith expressing their beliefs but I have a problem with people of any faith suppressing those of others and your comments explicitly devalue the faith systems of others. This nation was founded by Christians. It’s core is defined by the values that exist within Christianity. But one of the core tenets of our nation, as defined by the Constitution, is the freedom of religion. I’m not so naive to think that the founding fathers had… Read more »

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    Doesn’t anyone understand what Separation of Church and State actually means? It has nothing to do with having Religious articles in a State or Federal Building. It is the Separation of the Church and the State (government) and not allowing the Church to run the government as how it was done centuries ago or now in some countries. I miss the America I grew up in.

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    I SAY, GIVE THE GROUP AN AREA FOR THEIR PRAYERS AND WORSHIP AND PRAISE AWAY FROM THE SCHOOL, ON SCHOOL TIME, THEN BUST THE KIDS FOR DOING GOOD, BUT THEY WILL HAVE A FOLLOWING, AMERICA AND IT’S CHRISTIANS MUST MAKE A STAND FOR GOD, WITH WEAPONS DRAWN, (bibles) 2 edge swords, I for 1 will help make that stand with you, I’m tired of the devil gaining ground ,he must be stopped at all cost…Miguel

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    We have an area, it’s called “USA”.

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    This is something that we should handle like the evil empire was dissolved in ’89-’92. People just practicing their beliefs in mass and what are they going to do, shoot everyone? When atheist and politicians find out how unpopular they are and that no one listens they shut up and go away.

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    brian winters

    Why is reading the Bible in school unofficially different from reading any other book.

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    Now the CBS and NBC Evening news, who love to tell us how and what we think, are now trying to ram down our throats that Jesus was married. I have read the entire bible 3 times and don’t consider myself a real Bible thumper, but I know this to be a made up lie by the people who put this out there. Jesus did not bother with trivial things such as marriage and love. He was too busy showing us the way to marry and he already knew his fate. The democrats think they are holier than God and… Read more »