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By Nancy Flory, The Stream, Oct. 16, 2017
“Religion and morality are indispensable,” President Donald Trump declared today, quoting George Washington. Speaking at the Value Voters Summit, he said “It is our faith and our values that inspires us to give to charity to act with courage and to sacrifice for what we know is right.”
The speech largely focused on the Judeo-Christian roots of America and the faith of her citizens.
One Nation Under God
“Religion is enshrined in the very first amendment of the Bill of Rights,” said Trump. He noted that even Benjamin Franklin encouraged his colleagues at the constitutional convention to pray before the meeting.
The president added that “We all pledge allegiance to … One Nation Under God. This is America’s heritage. A country that never forgets that we are all … everyone of us, made by the same God in heaven.”
Trump also mentioned those who selflessly gave their lives to save others in the Las Vegas shooting. “The men and women who risked their lives to save strangers gave proof to the words of this scripture: The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. All of America is praying for the wounded and the grieving and we will be with them today and we will be with them forever.”
He went on:
As long as we have pride in our country, confidence in our future and faith in our God, then America will prevail. We will defeat every evil, overcome every threat, and meet every single challenge. We will defend our faith and protect our traditions. We will find the best in each other and in ourselves. We will pass on the blessings of liberty and the glories of God to our children. Our values will endure, our nation will thrive, our citizens will flourish and our freedom will triumph. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.
Nancy is an Associate Editor at The Stream. She is currently working toward her PhD in Strategic Communication and Journalism at Regent University. She’s the mother of four boys.