Dismantling of moral fiber started when prayer was taken out of schools

Published: June 2, 2012
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When I drive to church every Sunday, I drive past two baseball fields and a school. Thirty years ago these places would be abandoned on Sunday morning. Sunday school and church parking lots were full. Today, more often than not, the ball fields are crowded with kids, parents and grandparents getting ready for the day's events. Forty years ago, you would be hard pressed to find anything open other than a convenience store. Now stores barely close for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

In 1962, we began sliding down a slippery slope called secularism. That was when prayer was halted in public schools, which began the dismantling of the moral fiber that once held our country together. Now we proclaim freedom of speech for burning the flag of our country, but when a preacher talks of the sins proclaimed in the Bible, it's hate speech. As we approach our nation's 236th birthday, we as a people need to reflect on our values and morals. We truly need to reverse course or the United States will also become one of the greatest nations that “once was.”

Matthew Dukes, Midwest City