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Oh really?

I know, I’m picking on Agape Press again, but this isn’t something that wacky. It’s a claim about how things are going in this country:

Sadly, Williams acknowledges, America has in many ways failed to honor its Judeo-Christian heritage and has “departed from that since 1962 and 1963, when prayer was taken out of school.” He refers to the two landmark Supreme Court decisions — Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington Township v. Schempp (1963) — that effectively outlawed staff-led prayer in public schools, based on the argument that the U.S. Constitution requires a so-called separation of church and state.

“You can go back and establish that year as a beginning of a downward spiral that we have seen in our nation in every area,” the Tennessee pastor contends. He says the United States is continuing on that downward spiral, and the only thing that can reverse its direction is true revival.

Ok, everything sucks after the early 60s. How true is that? Via The Straight Dope, here’s a PDF with a few crime stats from last century. Homicide rate:

Homicide Rate

Two things to notice. One, there’s already an upward trend starting in the late 50s. Two, the homicide rate today is about the same as it was in the early 60s. Apparently, Jesus was pissed until the late 70s, but has now come to terms with our sinful ways.

Robbery rate:

Robbery rate

Only the first point from above applies here, though Jesus still seems to have become less pissed off as of late. Downward spiral? Not really.

Now, let’s go in a different direction. How about STD stats? Gonorrhea rates were rising by the early 50s and peaked in the mid 70s. Again, Jesus has apparently accepted us for who we are. While we can’t go back to the 60s for this one, Syphillis is lower than it was in 1970. That one throws a kink in the Jesus got over us theory, however, as there’s a spike in the early 90s. Then again, rates drop precipitously after that, so maybe he was holding off on Syphillis. What about teen pregnancy? Dropping, though it’s been pretty consistent since the mid 70s. Downward spiral? Oops.

Now, have we learned our lesson? No staff-led prayer in schools is not the end of the world. We’re doing fine. Scaremongers who think “post hoc ergo propter hoc” has something to do with birds need to step outside of their narrow worldview a bit more often.

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