Believing in the sovereign God of the universe, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of his own, and that men and nations are responsible to him, their immediate and ultimate welfare being determined by their attitude to him, it therefore becomes imperative that the people of America recognize this responsibility to God and accord to him the honor and glory due his Name and the obedience to his holy will, without which men and nations decline and perish.

History records that many nations have been destroyed, not by an enemy from without, but through moral and spiritual deterioration from within.

A candid study of contemporary American life reveals the sobering fact that we have flourishing within our midst those seeds of decay which, if left unchecked, will lead inevitably to national destruction. That the incidence of immorality and crime is greater and that it is increasing at an alarming rate certainly adds to the urgency for remedial means.

We both recognize and approve of the inherent guarantee of our Constitution that all men be accorded the right of religious freedom and it would be a grave error to contemplate in any way a change in either the fact or implications in this doctrine. But freedom of religion and freedom from religion are not synonymous. While no man or government can or should dictate to any on matters of religion (each individual stands or falls before his Maker), the peoples of our nation do need again to be confronted with the claims of the sovereign God and their responsibility to him. Furthermore, we all need to be reminded of the part which faith in God has played in our national life from the very beginning of our existence as a nation.

America was founded by men and women who unashamedly worshipped ...

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