**Previously Recorded by Phyllis Schlafly // 07-04-2005)**
On this Fourth of July, I suggest that all Americans go on the internet or get out a World Almanac and read the Declaration of Independence. On this birthday of the United States, let’s all become knowledgeable about the fact that the Declaration of Independence is America’s great religious document.
The Declaration of Independence is the official and unequivocal recognition by the American people of our belief and faith in God. It affirms God’s existence as a “self-evident” truth that requires no further discussion or debate. The nation created by the great Declaration is God’s country. The rights it defines are God-given. The actions of its signers are God-inspired. The Declaration of Independence contains five references to God — God as the Creator of all men, God as the supreme Lawmaker, God as the Source of all rights, God as the world’s supreme Judge, and God as our Patron and Protector.
The Declaration of Independence declares that each of us is created. If we were created, we must have had a Creator. The Declaration of Independence declares that each of us is created equal. This means equal before God. As the modern discovery of DNA confirms, each of God’s creatures is different from every other person who has ever lived or ever will live on this earth. The Declaration of Independence proclaims that life and liberty are unalienable gifts of God — natural rights — which no person or government can rightfully take away. It affirms that the purpose of government is to secure our God-given unalienable individual rights, and that government derives its powers from the consent of the governed. For the first time in history, our Declaration reduced government from master to servant.
Knowledge of our Declaration of Independence should be required of all schoolchildren. They should also be taught that many of the men who signed it paid for their courage with their lives and fortunes — and that’s why we are able to enjoy our freedom and independence.