Numbing the conscience of our youth

Published: March 25, 2013

Are we losing our children? Not just to drugs, alcohol, sex, etc., but to real root causes that only few want to discuss? As a retired teacher and coach, it's evident to me that the American conscience has taken a beating in the past few decades.

During the “Greatest Generation” there were many ways the conscience was built up and strengthened. Those were times when women could walk through a park at night without fear of being attacked. In 1950 at Capitol Hill High School, prayers, recitations and devotionals were real building boosters for the conscience. Later at Hobart High School, I recall coach Tip Jacobson positively promoting the Christian stance before young people.

Many will ask, “But don't we have separation of church and state?” No! This can't be found in the Constitution. The First Amendment means Congress can't favor one religion over another. Surely we're all aware of how the attacks on Christianity are hurting our culture, but we mustn't allow it to numb the conscience of our youth!

Ron Reese, El Reno