The greatest weapon our schools have to protect our children, prayer and Bible reading in schools, was removed by the Supreme Court in 1963. The issue was devised and pursued, to its success, by an Atheist named Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who not only was an active member of the Socialist Workers Party but wanted to leave America and defect to the Soviet Union. She was disliked by many Atheists and described by a Ted Dracos, a Texas journalist who wrote the book "UnGodly: The Passions, Torments, and Murder of Atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair", as a "deeply corrupt, depraved human being". (Source: Beliefnet.com, freetopray.info)
Madalyn Murray O'Hair - "No god ever gave any man anything, nor ever answered any prayer at any time - nor ever will."
She was an active Communist and at this time we were firmly in the Cold War with Russia. In fact, the Cuban Missile Crisis had occurred the year prior, there was a strong anti-America feeling within Russia and the members of the Communist Party. She was also a dedicated Atheist who wanted to remove God from our nation.
Now for the other side of the coin, let us see what some of our Founding fathers, Washington, Adams, and Jefferson have to say about God.
George Washington said, "While we are zealously performing our duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
He was saying we should be patriotic and love our country but above all else we should love and revere God.
John Adams said,"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God ... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be."
Eutopia means a place of complete contentment, wouldn't it be great to live in a place of complete contentment for everyone and our second President said all we have to do is follow the Bible as law.
From a letter written by John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, "The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their address, or by me in my answer. And what were these general Principle? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence.
Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable , ans the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System."
Here John Adams is discussing Christianity and Liberty. He says the Christianity is eternal and immutable.
And finally, my favorite, by Thomas Jefferson, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that those liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event."
This statement by Jefferson is a unnervingly accurate about our society today. He says our liberties are gifts for God and if we turn our back to Him we will incur His justice and wrath and we will begin to see ourselves lose the very blessings he bestowed upon us.
How does comparing O'Hair to these great men show an answer to prayer in schools? Well, O'Hair's Atheist belief tells us we God is not real and therefore we can remove Him from our lives and our children's lives. That God has no power or jurisdiction on us and we have done all of this ourselves.
The founding fathers were talking of personal beliefs and values that our Country was founded on and it was clinging to these values that helped us become the once greatest and most powerful country in the world. Now we are taking God out of lives more and more by taking prayer out of schools, taking Christ out of our Christmas, taking the Ten Commandments out of courthouses, etc; we are becoming a world that Madalyn O'Hair could be proud of. I would prefer to be world that our Founding Fathers and our God could be proud of.
The shooting at Newtown was a tragedy and it tears my heart up thinking about all of those innocent children who perished, but God knew it would happen and God allowed it to happen. Jefferson said if we saw God's wrath we would begin to lose our liberties and blessings. As any parent knows the greatest and most wonderful blessing in your life is your children. The fastest way to get a parents attention is to hurt or insult their child, you invoke a special type of anger like no other. I am not saying God killed those babies, I am saying we took God out of the schools and by doing so we removed that level of protection upon them. If we truly want our kids to be safe and we want to have peace of mind we need implement the one perfect and complete security system for our schools and families, the WORD OF GOD!
Armed security is a means,but it relies on humans who are not perfect. Criminalize all guns and only criminals will have them, of course I don't see the need for a private individual to have semi-automatic assault rifles in their homes that can fire 400 + rounds per minute. Your home is most likely not going to be randomly attacked by 100 people or more and if you need that to hit a deer you should not be hunting.
But back to topic, the abundance or lack of guns is not the issue here. The issue is that we are getting farther and farther away from God and He is trying to show us that if we do not begin to close the gap our society is going to keep digging deeper and deeper until we eventually reach Hell.
Some scriptures to think about as a parting note:
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
2 Samuel 22:3-4 The God of my rock; in him I will trust; he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou saved me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Psalm 36:7 How precious is Your loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.