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Moral values threatened

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Modern foes of national morality and religious principle seek to overthrow the Constitution's foundation of virtue through the courts, as they have been previously defeated by the popular will via legislatures and democratic ballot. Their attack is being fostered by those who lack a conviction of the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" (Declaration of Independence). The consequences to our communities, and to our states' education systems, of a "change" in our nation's moral fabric mandated solely by judicial fiat are profound.

National educational policy confirms that: "Schools … may play an active role with respect to teaching civic values and virtue, and the moral code that holds us together as a community. The fact that some of these values are held also by religions does not make it unlawful to teach them in school." (U.S. Department of Education, Statement on Religious Expression, 1998). We face a dilemma in America as virtue, religious principles and the related freedom of moral education are being threatened.

J. David Gowdy