This past week, I read a blog post that noted how prayer was banned at a high-school graduation in Indiana but not in Alabama. Then I read another news report, this one about a California high school that changed its graduation "opening prayer" to "a moment of silence." No big shocker there.
Tragically, these types of devaluing religious news stories are a dime a dozen today. Spiritual regression is not only a trend but also an epidemic.
The Fuller Youth Institute just reported that 40 percent of even churchgoing high-school seniors "significantly struggle with their faith and with finding a church after graduation." And other statistics show that by the time they end their college education, 90 percent will have dropped out of church.
Attrition in church attendance and faith in God is definitely on the rise. And so is animosity toward America's Judeo-Christian heritage.
Removing God from the public square is not new, but its pace is progressively increasing at alarming rates. Omitting any reference to God is pervasive not only in textbooks but also now at historical sites, including in Washington, D.C. In 2006, the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia, to which tens of thousands of schoolchildren come each year to learn about the first English colony in America (13 years before the Pilgrims at Plymouth), omitted from its tours the first purpose mentioned in the 1606 charter: to spread the Christian religion. In 2007, the U.S. Mint "accidentally" omitted the words "In God We Trust" on the first 50,000 or so George Washington presidential dollars. The same year, the National Park Service covered up and omitted the words "Praise be to God" on the capstone replica display in the Washington Monument. Then, in 2008, the new 580,000-square-foot Capitol Visitor Center suffered a series of religious oversights and corruptions in various historical displays of our Capitol and country's heritage. Is it any coincidence that the most recently erected memorials in D.C. contain no references to God, either? And of course, the Texas textbook wars include battles over omissions and revisions of America's godly heritage in public-school curricula.