As you celebrate the birth of our nation this July 4th, may you be encouraged to know the link between the United States of America and the Gospel of Christ. John Quincy Adams said on July 4, 1837, "that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth... [and] laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity"
In stark contrast to the Bush era of equal access to government funds, the current administration has dramatically cut back funding for faith based programs even though they yield the highest results. In the linked article the DOJ has pulled the funding for a successful at-risk youth program because they would not sign a secular pledge to never mention God.
I just read an article on a study that was done on youth and crime... they found that criminal behavior in youth was NOT necessarily correlated to poverty, as many people assert, but was rather directly correlated with a belief in morals. If youth believed in morality, right and wrong, they were dramatically less likely to commit a crime.