In light of recent articles in The Times concerning the issue of prayer at Chestatee High School, I feel inclined to share some of my own personal observations about the problem with this situation, as well as problems of our nation.
As a senior citizen who has now reached the ripe old age of 87, I can honestly tell you I have just about seen it all. Each decade of my life has revealed more and more changes that one could never have predicted. We now live in a world of no morals, no regard for our fellow man, as well as the breakdown of the family.
Now we are enduring an atheist group fighting a school system because of prayer in our own small community. We live in a world of such political correctness, heaven forbid we accidentally offend someone!
Our government representatives have forgotten why they were elected and the promises they made to get elected. Our nation is no longer the force in the world it once was. I could go on and on about how I have observed our country and people decline in all ways.
I do not think I could express what we are witnessing as eloquently as part of the last baccalaureate sermon at Antioch College in 1859 by Horace Mann. He quotes five basic reasons for the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” from Edward Gibbon’s book by the same title, published in 1788.
They are: 1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis for human society. 2. Higher and higher taxes; the spending of public money for the free bread and circuses for the populace. 3. The mad craze for pleasure, with sports and plays becoming more exciting, more brutal and more immoral. 4. The building of great armaments when the real enemy was within — decay of individual responsibility. 5. The decay of religion, whose leaders lost touch with life and their power to guide.
Rome fell. At the rate we are going, America will fall one day also. May God bless America.
Jack D. Allison