I recently read Gerry Bandy's letter to the editor in which she stated, "now it seems sad, and offensive, that the public school system was used to impose religious views on others" (in 1962) and "I don't think you want to go there again." Considering the state of our public school system today, I would definitely rather go back to the way it was.
From the Class of 1985, I remember when I started school we said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning followed by a prayer. During my 12 years of school, I saw the morning prayer turn into a "silent time" in which students could "pray if they wanted to."
As the years went by, the "silent time" was removed altogether from the morning ritual. We can't have anything resembling prayer in school now, can we? Then someone decided we shouldn't say the Pledge of Allegiance anymore because of the phrase "one nation under God." We can't have God mentioned by name in school now, can we? OK, so we can't have prayer, we can't pledge our allegiance to the American flag, we can't say the name of God for fear of offending someone.