"It was no wonder they started pushing this idea that religion had to be separated from our country – and they started pulling it out of schools," he said during the May 9 episode of "Lawfare with Tom Renz" on Brighteon.TV.
"Well, let's look at what happened. Look at the decline that our country experienced in the decades following. The farther religion has gotten from the school; the farther the schools have gotten from teaching kids to be good people; the farther we as a country have declined."
He also touched on the Supreme Court's 1962 decision in the Engel v. Vitale case, which ruled that school-sponsored prayer in public schools is unconstitutional. According to the high court, school-sponsored prayer violated the First Amendment as "it is not appropriate for the government to endorse any particular belief system."
Unfortunately, Renz said the ruling began the real push to remove religion from America. He continued that throughout the 20th century, several bad Supreme Court decisions were at the heart of the nation's decline.
"Our country is failing right now. Why are we failing? Well, because the morons running our country came from schools where there was no teaching of morality of what's right and wrong. There were no values taught. We didn't educate our kids or families to be good Christian people, or good any other type of people. Instead, we move up."
Renz pointed out that the oldest schools in the U.S. were established by Christian entities and continued largely by churches and communities through the 1800s and most of the 1900s. These had a two-fold purpose of teaching people about the Bible and its values, and teaching children to become upstanding people when they grow up.
"It wasn't to teach them advanced math, computer programming, trades [or] arts. There were no pottery majors or history majors," he said. "It was primarily, 'You need to learn to read and write, so you could study the Bible and be a good person.' They believe that saving their soul was far more important than anything else." (Related: Book author Vishal Mangalwadi: Church should be at the center of education.)
Until 1867, there was no federal program for schools. However, the Congress of that time created the Department of Education in a four-paragraph bill. Renz said the law was passed to promote the people creating schools in their communities, not the federal or state government.
Moreover, the bill that gave birth to the Education Department promoted the sharing of information so people could create good schools and support education. Churches and schools were on the same page regarding education until the 1960s, when people started working to end segregation in the school system.
Renz ultimately cited the Soviet Union considering an attack on America through its schools. "There has been a huge movement to undermine American schools and the moral fabric of American society, and it seems to be achieving its goals for quite some time now," he said.