Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist church in Dallas claimed on Fox News that installing state-sponsored religion in schools was the first step to stopping gun violence in schools.
Jeffress, a longtime Trump supporter, was promoting his March 25 “March For Eternal Life” in Dallas on March 24, the day of the historic anti-gun event “March For Our Lives.”
Jeffress told “Fox & Friends” that the notion being “good without God” was a “dismal failure,” and that’s why the state-sponsored religion (his own) was needed in schools:
For the first 150 years of our nation’s history, our schoolchildren prayed, they read Scripture in school, they even memorized the Ten Commandments, including the commandment ‘Thou shall not kill.”
And yet about 60 years ago the Supreme Court says that’s unconstitutional. I think we need to return to that.
Teaching people, starting with our children, that there is a God to whom they are accountable is not the only thing we need to do to end gun violence, but it’s the first thing we need to do.
The Friendly Atheist notes (sarcastically) that the U.S. was without violence during the time of state-sponsored religion in schools:
Like he says, our kids read religious scripture in schools for the first 150 years, and we all know there was no violence or slavery or other issues back then.
Perhaps there weren’t as many mass shootings, but that could be because everyone had muskets instead of semi-automatic weapons.
(Even after mandatory Christians prayers were taken out of schools, shootings didn’t become a regular occurrence until decades later.)