‘Cheers’ Star: We Didn’t Need Surveillance When We Were Kids – ‘We Had God’

June 17, 2013 - 2:49 PM
John Ratzenberger

"Cheers" star John Ratzenberger (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Actor John Ratzenberger said Friday that when he was a child, there was no need for surveillance, “because we knew God was watching us.”

“When we were kids, we didn’t need security cameras on the telephone poles to watch us, because we knew God was watching us. We don’t need cameras. We had God,” Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on “Cheers,” said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C.

Ratzenberger also voiced the character Hamm the Piggy Bank on “Toy Story” as well as other supporting roles in Pixar films.

He said the 1962 Supreme Court decision Engel v. Vitale, which ended prayer in schools, resulted in a generation of kids thinking they were “the center of the universe.”

“We had God, but 1962, the Supreme Court ended that, so you have a generation growing up thinking that they’re the center of the universe, because they don’t have to recognize anything higher than them, because the parents tell them how wonderful they are – ‘Oh, you tied your shoes. Let’s have a party,’” Ratzenberger said.