1844 Supreme Court Ruling
Vidal v. Girard’s Executors

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story wrote that religion, indeed, played a vital role in public education and upheld the use of the Bible and the teaching of Christian morals in public schools. He said, “Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament? Where are benevolence, the love of truth, sobriety, and industry, so powerfully and irresistibly inculcated as in the sacred volume?” (The Patriot’s Bible 1374).

This decision held that Christian values and moral principles are permitted if taught in a nonsectarian way.

FYI: The U.S. Constitution was signed "in the Year of our Lord" 1787. "The Year of our Lord" is the translation of A.D., or Anno Domini. Political correctness has recently influenced many official sites and publishers to replace A.D. with "c.e." ("commom era") and B.C. with "b.c.e." ("before common era").