America’s moral standards have plunged so far that the nation no longer is safe for children, according to a high-profile Christian leader.

“Fifty years after the removal of prayer from America’s public schools in a case brought by my mother, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, there is virtually no safe place in America for children of any age, not in their schools, not even in their homes,” said William J. Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition.

It was on his behalf that his mother filed a lawsuit claiming compulsory prayer and Bible reading in public schools is unconstitutional.

The ruling, released by the U.S. Supreme Court June 17, 1963, allowed God no further place in public schooling, triggering a plunge from a time when chewing gum was a major problem to schools plagued by drugs, violence and sex that need to be protected by armed guards.

Murray tells the story in his book, “My Life Without God.”

“Prayer in the schools 50 years ago had little to do with morality and a lot to do with authority,” he said. “The speaker of the House of Representatives, the second most powerful man in America, has the words ‘In God We Trust’ engraved over his chair in the House Chamber.”

Murray said “In God We Trust” is “more than the national motto; it was meant to be the real source of authority for our government.”

“If rights come from God they cannot be taken away, but if they come from government, a simple majority vote can void those rights,” he explained. “Fifty years ago, prayer and Bible reading represented the authority of God over the school, the teachers and the students. Bowing of heads in the morning for prayer was much more about surrendering to the authority of God than about learning ‘morals.'”

He said that as his mother fought to remove prayer from the public schools, he was attending an all boys school in downtown Baltimore, Md.

“The school was a magnet school before the term even existed and was intended to prepare young men for colleges, majoring in science and engineering. There were 1,800 young men in the school and there was not a cop in the building, ever. The doors were unlocked and often the un-air-conditioned rooms had open windows. There were no metal detectors, and students went in and out the doors on the honor system,” he said.

He told WND that it is time to stop pretending the 1960s were something they were not.

They had the “make love not war” drug culture of Timothy Leary and boastful homosexual elected officials in San Francisco, he said.

Along came the Murray v. Curlett case, which was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 17, 1963, 50 years ago.

He pointed to two other cases against Bible reading in school and the landmark abortion case,  Roe v. Wade.

“The logic in those cases continues today – the Living Constitution logic – this logic reduces our republic to the status of democracy, which is in fact mob rule,” he said.

On the issue of safety in America, Murray leaves no doubt.

“Just days before the 50th anniversary of the June 17, 1963, Supreme Court decision to remove prayer from America’s public schools, I found myself on a train in China watching very young children run up and down the aisle, their parents not concerned for their safety. The train is a safe environment,” he wrote in a column for WND.

But not in America.

“America today is a society in which one of every 10 adult men is either in prison, on parole or under some sort of judicial oversight. Children don’t walk to school; it is not safe. Public libraries display the same pornography that landed Larry Flint in jail.”

Murray noted that gambling, “once outlawed in all but one of our states, is now a chief source of revenue for most states.:

“Lotteries, the most abusive and dishonest form of gambling, is state operated and steals money disproportionately from the poor,” he said.

“Loving Christian couples often cannot adopt children in the current culture because they are declared bigots for not accepting anal sex as normal,” he said. “Homosexuals, the most violent of the abusers of children in our society, are treated as a protected class. State welfare offices pay women not to marry the fathers of their children and the elderly receive funds to disengage from their children and grandchildren and move to warmer climates.

“Is today’s culture, the move from the days of ‘The [Andy] Griffith Show’ and ‘I Love Lucy,’ the result of Murray vs. Curlett and the removal of prayer from our schools? As a result of the case being named after me, and then my conversion from Marxist-atheism to Christianity, I truly believed this for decades,” he said.

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