I would like to respond to "Don't exploit murders to promote religious agenda," online Jan. 24 and in print Jan. 31.
The author claimed that the Newtown tragedy was not to be blamed on the loss of God in our schools. God was not "lost"; He was removed from public schools by people who are attempting to fundamentally transform America from a biblically-based society to a man-originated secular-humanist world view.
It holds that there is no God, no absolute truth or morals, and that "man is the measure of all things"--relativism at its finest! Everyone makes up their own rules/moral standards.
Mass murders were practically non-existent in the 1950s. America and its schools had a biblical foundation that shaped our culture and way of life for the first 150 years or so. Guns were readily available, even to young people, and they could be ordered from a Sears catalogue. People who were diagnosed as mentally ill were institutionalized. The primary purpose of all schools then was to develop good, productive citizens who understood the source of the principles used in our country's founding, and the source of our liberty--fundamental requirements for survival of our society.
In the early 1960s, the U.S. courts using the phony "separation of church and state," began the assault on our Christian foundation by ordering prayer and the Ten Commandments out of public schools. As a consequence, mass murders skyrocketed (along with other violent crimes), from one incident in the 1950s to 43 in the 1990s. The rate has since dropped to 24 in the 2000s.
We've been warned numerous times by many people, including our Founding Fathers about the consequences of undermining our Christian foundation and replacing it with a man-made one. George Washington declared: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens."
Realistic solutions involve dealing with the source of violence, man and his flawed nature.
Gerald J. Boyum