CBNNews.com - Offensive. This is a term that has undergone some radical changes in our nation over the years.
There was a time - not long ago - when handing out free condoms on campuses, endorsing pro-homosexual student groups, and using God's name in vain were considered offensive, but not today.
Typical of the times, the Freedom from Religion Foundation recently filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire to eliminate the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Only about 10 percent of Americans are offended by this nation's Judeo-Christian roots, but prosecutors in The Freedom from Religion Foundation v. The Congress of the United States of America are looking to wipe out the name of God from the Pledge for everyone.
The legal challenge threatens approximately 50 million children attending our nation's public schools, many of whom acknowledge that America was founded under God's principles, as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Michael Newdow, representing the atheist group FFRF in its lawsuit against Congress, has been very active over the years in helping FFRF remove any references to God from public institutions across the nation.
But the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal group "defending the right to hear and speak the Truth," filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday to keep "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
"Those who disregard America's heritage have no right to demand that America abandon its traditions simply to appease their political agenda," said David Cortman, ADF's senior legal counsel. "The phrase 'one nation under God,'" was first used in President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, long before Congress added it to the Pledge."
ADF has also worked hard to ensure that schools continue to recognize this nation's Christian foundation.
Just last year in Tucson, Arizona, ADF helped students who weren't allowed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at their school.
Not Standing Alone
Are Christians the only ones up in arms over attempts to eliminate God from the public square?
Not according to the polls.
In December 2005, FOX News conducted a poll, which found that 90 percent support keeping "under God" in the Pledge and 77 percent - "believe the courts have overreached in driving religion out of public life."
ADF reports that similar sentiments resonated a year earlier, when 89 percent of Americans questioned in a 2004 ABCNews.com/Washington Post poll said that "under God" should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Does God Really Belong in Our Schools?
Today, many Christians believe a new battle has been waged - one where God is being kicked out of public schools in the name of political correctness, multiculturalism and tolerance.
But the trend of pushing God out of our schools started many years ago.
Back in 1963, the Lord's Prayer and Bible verses were ruled unconstitutional in public schools, which is the same year evolution was greatly augmented in science texts to the exclusion of creationism.
But is there anything else significant about this year?
Government reports and abstracts show that in this same year immorality began to skyrocket - a trend that continued for decades.
From 1963 to 1995, FBI records show that violent crimes grew by a staggering 353 percent.
Beginning in 1963, divorce rates shot up, rising 100 percent by 1993, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.
The U.S. Census Bureau shows a huge increase in unwed domestic partnership starting in 1963, a trend that rose by 577 percent through the year 2000.
Unmarried birth rates jumped up when God was kicked out of the schools, rising 181 percent from 1963 to 2001, according to the U.S. National Center of Health Statistics.
Incidences of sexually transmitted disease also began a dramatic upward trend in 1963. From 1963 to 1985, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports a whopping 58 percent rise, which would have gone even higher if not for improved treatment and diagnosis.
But one thing did start dropping that year - SAT scores.
The College Entrance Examination Board shows SAT scores began to plummet in 1963, falling 61 points by 1995 - the year the scoring scale was re-centered, or as some put it, "dumbed-down."
The Ins and Outs of School
Dr. Adrian Rogers, the late president of the Southern Baptist Convention, whose 60 million members make it the largest Protestant denomination, had this to say about the "moral freefall" in America resulting from taking God out of our schools:
Prayer is out; policemen in.
The Bible is out; values clarification in.
The Ten Commandments are out; rape, armed robbery, murder and bombs in.
Creation is out; evolution in.
Corporal punishment is out; disrespect and rebellion are in.
Traditional values are out; unwed motherhood in.
Abstinence is out; condoms and abortion are in.
Learning is out; social engineering is in.
Praise is out; blasphemy is in.
Proud to Be an American?
Dr. Rogers, who headed Love Worth Finding Ministries, also spoke of the sweeping tide outside the school gates.
"Something is happening in America that is very un-American," Rogers said. "America has become so amoral and immoral, so corrupt, so vial - for further information, consult the front page of any newspaper."
Rogers said, "A tidal wave of filth is sweeping across America," which is engulfed in "crookedness, lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, divorce, murder, lust, dope, vice."
Then Rogers went down a list of which many Americans wouldn't be very proud.
"We say America is number one," Rogers pointed out. "She is; she's number one in homosexuality, radical feminism, divorce, destruction of family values, abortion, political correctness and occult humanistic new age religion - that's America."
The courts will decide whether or not God will remain in the Pledge of Allegiance.
If He is removed, many fear that American society will continue to plunge even further from the Christian values on which it was established and descend further down the road of immorality.
Sources: Alliance Defense Fund, CBN News, A Love Worth Finding Ministries, FOXNews.com, ABCNews.com, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. National Center of Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FBI, College Entrance Examination Board