On Aug. 4th 2008 a crowd of 500₁ people gathered for the public participation in the Mount Vernon Middle School Board Meeting. In all there were about 28 speakers, some spoke in opposition, and many spoke in support of Mount Vernon Middle School Teacher Freshwater (Fresh H2O) here is what Levi Stickle presented to the ,Mount Vernon School Board:


There are some people that say the first amendment gives us a separation of church and state meaning Teachers cannot have (even a personal) copy of a Bible on their desk but…

Fisher Ames (1758-1808)

It was Fisher Ames who, on August 20, 1789, suggested the wording of the First Amendment, which was adopted by the House:

“Congress shall make no law establishing religion, or to prevent the free exercise thereof, or to infringe the rights of conscience.”

I don’t see how he is saying a teacher cannot have a Bible on his desk. Does it sound like he has a problem with the Bible in the schools? No, as a matter of fact he said:

“The Bible,…  should be the principal text in our schools…”₂ he didn’t have a problem with a teachers having a Bible on their desks.

Their has been a misunderstanding here, because the people who wrote the first amendment (and Congress) don’t’ have a problem with the Bible. In fact Congress declared 1983 the “Year of the Bible.” It was Signed by President Reagan.₃

In 1845 President Jackson said the Bible is “the Rock on which our republic rests.”

Teachers should be allowed to have a copy of a book which the founders called “the Rock on which our Republic rests” and they said “should be the principal text in our schools” teachers should be allowed to have a copy of it on their desk. DON’T REMOVE THE ROCK ON WHICH OUR REPUBLIC RESTS!

₁according to the Columbus Dispatch website

₂pg. 26 of ‘America’s God and Country’ by William J. Federer

₃Public Law 97-280:    pg.52 of ‘America’s God and Country’ by William J. Federer

₄pg. 311 of ‘America’s God and Country’ by William J. Federer