Defending our Faith: Drop-Out Challenges West Point on Establishment Clause
West Point drop out, Blake Page is challenging the open practice Christianity at West Point. He accused West Point of being in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (i.e., the Establishment Clause) because he was discriminated against. However, apparently prayer was completely voluntary and Page was afforded every early promotion.
In reality, Page was a depressed young man who could not hack his studies after his father died.[ibid 1] He is now blaming the institution for his failure. Sadly, that is human nature and not atypical for a person of his young age. So what this ends up looking like is just His attempt to salvage some dignity after dropping out of school while simultaneously securing 15 minutes of fame. Nevertheless, this brings up a very good discussion point. If you were a judge being challenged on the constitutionality of Christian practices, would you know the original intent of America’s Founding Fathers? You may say, “That’s irrelevant, I am not a judge, so why do I have to know this?” What if one of your kids becomes a judge? Will he or she be prepared if you are not? Sadly, not likely. America has written its very reason for being out of its history (more on that in a moment).
Intimidated by Lies & Destroyed by Ignorance
All it took to remove hundreds of years of established Christian tradition from the public schools was one misguided atheist, Madelyn Murray O’Hair, to challenge the schools on the premise that they were violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. But she would never have been successful if the true intent of America’s Forefathers had been taught to those judges who decided the case. So, who was at fault? The US public education system? US law schools and colleges? American parents? Or was it the Church? All of the above.
Who is to know whether something is true or untrue unless they are taught? Ultimately it is our own responsibility to make sure we are not caught unprepared. Unfortunately, most Christians do not usually concern themselves with such knowledge, therefore they are totally intimidated by such challenges once they are presented. Being prepared is the key. The apostles, Paul and Peter respectively, said that we, Christians, are to be ready to give an account for the hope that is within us , and to study to show ourselves approved workmen.
Historically we know that it was never our Founding Fathers’ intent to separate Christianity from state affairs. This case and others like it have been proven many times over by organizations like Wall Builders and the American Center for Law and Justice and brilliant investigative reporters like Lee Strobel or Bill O’Reilly. They have good resources in print or online to visit regularly to help you learn how to defend USA’s Judeo-Christian roots. There is a plethora of historical proof out there upon which to build a strong case. So I am not here to duplicate those efforts. I am here to help you know, in a nutshell, why this clause of the US Constitution is so frequently misinterpreted.
The original intent of the Establishment Clause was to avoid what happened during the Protestant Reformation from ever happening in the USA. For centuries in Europe, state governments mandated which of the Christian denominations to follow. Severe religious persecution, including being burned at the stake, was the punishment if you did not convert to the same denomination (either Catholic or Protestant) that the king was currently serving at the time. This was primary motivation behind the English-Protestant migration to these shores. They were fleeing persecution. (Later this would include Catholics fleeing persecution from the Protestants).
By writing the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution, our forefathers were not outlawing Christianity from being practiced within the government or in schools. It was very much the desire of our forefathers to promote Christianity and morality (more on that in another article). In fact, the evidence shows that most of our forefathers were of strong Christian faith and openly practiced their faith together during governmental meetings. They were simply restricting the government from forcing its citizens to practice one form of Christianity over the other… to the great relief of many who had escaped persecution. Up until the American Revolution, the Church of England had levied fines to its citizens for not attending church. It also mandated which version of the Bible one could read. It would help to remember that the Protestant Reformation had a lot to do with allowing people to freely read the purest version of the Holy Bible (translated from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, not Latin).
You can see why U.S. Congress was proud to recommend the printing of the translation of Bible often used during the Revolutionary War. One purpose for the printing of this Bible was for its use in schools!!! Congress would never do that if the current (mis)interpretation of the Establishment Clause was the true original intention of our Founding Fathers!
Take a look at this short video submitted by a reader. He put together a few quotes from our forefather’s themselves (see his website at http://christian76.com):
Did you know that there is a chapel for prayer in the U.S. Capitol? Within this chapel there is a stained-glass altar piece of President George Washington kneeling in prayer with Psalm 16 inscribed, see below.
- At the U.S. Capitol Prayer Room
How we Lost Touch with Our Historical Roots
If America was always a Christian country, then how did we lose touch with our historical roots? During the time of these initial challenges, our country was very prosperous and Christian faith was taken for granted by (or was lukewarm in) many. Therefore, this shaking caused many Christians to wake up and reexamine these questions with greater scrutiny than ever before. Not only had America lost touch with her first love, but her education system and the Church had lost touch with its all important history, as Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” For example, forgetting our past has effectively wiped out centuries worth of religious freedom in this school by removing moral training in the Bible and prayer from the schools.
Apathy may have done it to us the first time around, leaving our walls unprotected from attack, but we can thank Ms. O’Hair’s destructive influences for further eroding any knowledge of our forefather’s intentions. Soon, teachers and school administrators would begin to fear every angry, ex-Christian-turned-atheist who decided to take out their disappointments with Christianity on them. In an era of great sin, “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” sinners could now wave this misinterpretation of the Establishment Clause like a railway ticket to take them to a land free of guilt while simultaneously getting even with their parents, the church, or Grandpa (maybe justifiably so) for using the threat of shame, rejection, and hell fire as a form of harsh control over them (an issue this author addresses regularly in this blog). Lawyers itching to make a name for themselves were usually easy to secure without cost in these cases, too, posing a great threat to all school systems.
Remember… where darkness abounds, God promises that His Grace will also abound! Christian awareness would quickly shift towards apologetics, which was further accelerated by the media. The Holy Spirit would soon bring forth a mass revival among the young almost as if to make a bold statement against those who tried to hide God’s Word from His little ones. 
Yes… now there was an effective weapon in the hands of those who knew that something just wasn’t quite right about this religious attitude being lorded over them. They now had something to fight off religious control and oppression. Of course, shaking off oppression of any kind is always a good thing…. and God would use that for His purposes, too… because those young people who at first rebelled against “the establishment” would soon become the ones to be captured by the awesome love of God during the Jesus People and Vineyard revivals (as well as others). As a result, they would arise to answer hard questions being presented by the atheists and law makers of that time. Consequently, we now have organizations like the American Center for Law and Justice, Reagent University Law School, Fox News, Wall Builders, and many others to help ameliorate these injustices and educate our citizenry. Religious oppression and lukewarm, apathetic Christianity hallmarks of many traditional churches were being shaken and challenged by this new breed who had the fire of the Holy Spirit burning within them.
But because Christians did not catch on to what was going on soon enough, this desire to attack Christianity within government caused a great deal of damage, further perpetuating the lie that a government without Christianity was the original intention of our nation’s Founding Fathers. Our country is still suffering from those effects today with things spiraling ever deeper into moral decay. Since teachers run for cover every time an enraged atheist came around to object to anything remotely Christian from entering into the curriculum, very little about America’s Christian roots ever gets mentioned in US History classes any longer. As a result, even judges and other government officials who were educated in our schools haven’t a clue how to properly interpret the Establishment Clause according to how our Founding Fathers’ intent.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is not to get discouraged by all of this because at one time the battle seemed all but lost then the Holy Spirit poured out and grace brought us revival.
Never give up! Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on the storm ahead. Make yourself ready to answer these challenges and teach your children, church, and disciples to do the same.
Here is a good article to get you started with regarding the Faith of our Founding Fathers. http://www.str.org/site/News2?id=5243
 2 Timothy 2:15
 1 Peter 3:15
 Romans 5:20
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