Letters to the Editor

Founders included God

At a time when God is being increasingly edged out of public life, look at the Declaration of Independence to see what the Founding Fathers thought about the nation they were creating:

▪ “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitles them...”

▪ “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

▪ “We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our intentions...”

▪ “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Those 56 founders who prepared and signed, at the risk of their lives, this document may not have agreed on all things theological, but they agreed this is a nation under God. May it ever be.

Howard Coop