For decades, God has been pushed out of the “public square” in America. School prayer and Bible reading were canceled by Supreme Court rulings in 1962 and 1963. Ten Commandment plaques, common on courthouse lawns and town squares as recently as the 1950’s, have been removed after an aggressive campaign by atheist groups and radical secularists. But now, there are increasing signs the tide is turning.
Our current Supreme Court, bolstered by three new justices nominated by President Donald Trump, has delivered several decisions that uphold our First Amendment freedom of religious liberty. In the wake of those decisions, Christians in and out of government are boldly reclaiming lost ground.
A good example is the growing movement to display America’s national motto, “In God We Trust,” in public school classrooms. Louisiana is the latest state to pass such a law to “display the national motto in each building it uses and each classroom in school under its jurisdiction.” Louisiana joins Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas with similar laws.
The radical Left is resisting this trend, of course. They wrongly claim that “In God We Trust” on a classroom wall is a violation of the “separation of church and state.” As JDFI and Dr. James Dobson have explained many times, our founding fathers knew that without God’s blessing there would be no America. They believed our Republic would survive only if the God of the Bible remained central to our national life.