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Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity, David Limbaugh, Regnery Publishing, 2003, 416 pps, $27.95

Attorney and syndicated columnist David Limbaugh has compiled a stunning collection of attacks on Christianity in American public schools. In a land where we exalt freedom of religion and tout tolerance as one of our highest modern virtues, the reader will be surprised, stunned, and then angered by the numerous examples of discrimination against Christians and the blatant, even ridiculous, suppression of Christian religious expression by students.

This antagonism toward Christianity is a rather recent development in U.S. history. In early America, all education was Christian and Bible-based. Almost all of America's first colleges, such as Harvard, were founded as Christian institutions. The war on Christianity really began with the Supreme Court decision in Engel v. Vitale (1962), which banned an innocuous, nondenominational prayer that was recited in New York public schools. That decision took on a life of its own. Now we even ban student prayers before football games.

We also have anti-Christian school administrators carrying the notion of separation of church and state to ridiculous lengths. A kindergartner in Saratoga Springs, New York, was disciplined for holding hands with two classmates in the cafeteria and saying, "God is great, God is good, thank you, God, for my food." A fourth-grader in St. Louis was ridiculed and punished for bowing his head in prayer before lunch. Middle school students in Houston had the covers ripped off their books because the covers carried the text of the Ten Commandments. The passion to remove all religious references has led to such distortions of history as describing the Pilgrims who founded America as "people who make long trips" and Thanksgiving without ever mentioning to Whom they gave thanks.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and into the Supreme Court-created vacuum we found that the schools embraced not neutrality toward denominational religions, but the ideologies of humanism, secularism and multiculturalism layered with a virulent anti-Christianity.

Limbaugh's book will be a big help to enable Christian parents to know in advance what their children are up against in the public schools. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Visit www.regnery.com or call 202/216-0600.

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