UIF, I have some difficulty in understanding your statement that the bible was the primary teaching book in America until the middle 60s. I know in primary school, we had a once a week class about Bible studies which occasionally our minister cmae and particpated in, but aside from that the Bible was not used to teach anything.<quoted text>
why do you ignor what the founding fathers believed when they constructed the Constitution?
of course we have freedom OF and FROM religion.
our founding fathers wanted a nation of democracy and freedom.
freedom to believe in God and freedom not to.
but that doesn't mean that the founding fathers who WERE believers in God and the bible, and made it clear, that they wanted America to be a nation of moral anarcy and immoral laws.
If they had of wanted America to be 'secular' then the Holy bible would not of been a primary teaching took IN SCHOOLS up until the 60s
The Del or Indpendence was in 1776 that makes us approx 236 yrs old OCB.
in 1963 they stopped using the bible in schools to teach from.
so for approx 187 years America used the holy bible in its schools.
187 years verses the past 49 years.
what does that tell you? for 187 years the Holy bible and prayer was deemed as valuable and important in the schools.
and every other public venue.
its only been removed since 1963
Sodomy was ILLEGAL in America prior to 1961
Gay Marriage was ILLEGAL prior to May of 2004
so for 228 years homosexuality was not recognized in America as legal or morally acceptable.
what i am showing you is that for the MAJORITY of America's history the bible and God was used as a foundation of who we are.
America has only become 'secular' since the 1960s.
anyone can read our history and see the rich tapestry of the Christian and Jewish heritage woven through out it.
and FYI there were not always mosques in America either.
It just isn't a text book on grammar, arithmetic, social studies, history, geography. It doesn't have enough depth in those things, which is mainly the things kids are taught in school, so if the Bible was the main book, it must have been only because they had no other books to teach children how to read.
Reading from the Bible too, would run into a lot of problems with proper American grammar, etc., because especially back in my youth, the most common Bible was written in the manner of speaking of English several hundred years prior, which is hardly how we were being taught to read and write in primary school.