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Declaration is God-inspired

The Fourth of July is America's birthday. The anniversary of the Declaration of Independence gives us a good chance to reflect on our nation's religious roots.

The best way to observe our nation's birthday is to reread and re-examine our Declaration of Independence, and to rededicate ourselves to the principles of our nation's founding document.Did you know that the Declaration of Independence is America's great religious document?

The Declaration of Independence is the official and unequivocal affirmation by the American people of their 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 unchangeable Declaration of Independence forever pledges the firm reliance of the American people on the continued protection of God's divine providence. Schoolchildren should 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.

James F. Rinehart