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A letter titled: “What has happened?” by Gary and Sue McKinney of Mexia appeared in the Aug. 27 edition in the middle of Page 4. I would hope that all readers at least glanced at this letter, but I have my doubts.
The McKinneys correctly pointed out the apathy that has gripped America. This is not a new phenomenon. According to my late mother (B:1898, D:1992) this has been slowly building in the USA since the early 1900s. I believe I can pinpoint events that started in 1913 that contributed to this slide toward indifference to evil. Author David Barton nailed down the beginning of the modern demise of the U.S. in his 1988 statistical analysis, “America: To Pray or Not to Pray,” with 40 charts plus tables.
America “ho-hummed” and said, “Tsk, tsk, a shame” when prayer was removed from public schools in 1962 by the U.S. Supreme Court (Engel v. Vitale). Again, in 1990, the court ruled the Ten Commandments was illegal to display in schools (Stone v. Gramm).
Just one year after 1962, following the removal of a simple 26-word prayer from Texas and other American public schools, the numbers began to rise. This daily prayer asked for God’s blessings upon the students, their parents, their teachers and their country.
Pregnancies to unwed teen girls climbed nearly 700 percent in just 16 years (1963-79). Teen birth rates more than doubled and abortions went from negligible to about 450,000 per year for teens alone. Before 1960 there were only two common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Others were rare or unknown. Today, types of STDs number 25 in all age groups.
Divorce was fairly low and considered immoral and improper in the 1950s. The divorce rate began to climb in 1963 and by 1979 had more than doubled. Today, nearly one-half of all marriages end in separation or divorce.
The court-ordered removal of religious principles from public schools resulted in 18 consecutive years of decline in SAT scores used for college entrance exams. A slowdown of the SAT decline began when religious schools and home schooling became popular about 1982. International testing indicates that the U.S., once in first place, has now fallen behind such nations as Japan, Australia, Canada, Sweden, England and France in student achievement.
Drug abuse and violent crime began to rise in 1963, exceeding population growth by six times. Various programs in state prison systems show when religious principles are taught voluntarily to prisoners, recidivism drops. In short, more God, less crime.
In my next letter I will attempt to trace the devious politics in the 1900s that led to all this. It will sound very much like the politics of today. Finally, I am surely in sympathy with the McKinneys. Please, go back and read their letter of Aug. 27.
Brother Bob Thompson
Prison Minister, Groesbeck