“…The immortal words of our Founding Fathers inscribed in the Declaration of Independence represent the charter upon which the American republic is based. The genius of America is rooted in our commitment to religious freedom—the freedom of conscience.”
Faith and Action
“…President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services mandate forcing Americans to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization has undermined religious freedom as nothing in our 236 years of independence has threatened it. We can identify strongly with Thomas Jefferson, who crossed out the word "Subjects" and inserted the word "Citizens" in the Declaration of Independence. Citizens exercise their freedom to preach and pray, and to practice their religion. Subjects must obey mandates, even if those mandates violate their consciences and their most deeply held beliefs. Our Supreme Court has for the first time mandated us to obey an unjust law or pay a penalty they call a tax. It's as if the British Parliament had not only taxed our tea, but forced us to buy it, too!
“So let us have a Glorious Fourth. But let it be as well an Uproarious Fourth. Let's carry the message of religious and political liberty throughout this broad land. Let families as they gather pray together for our country in these perilous times. Let them read the Declaration, reflect on its real meaning, and commit to protecting its transcendent principles every day.”
Family Research Council
Senior Fellow for Policy
“A national "Fortnight for Freedom" has been spotlighting the erosion of religious freedom and helping Americans learn how to defend their freedom. Torre notes that "the freedoms enshrined in our founding document will be hard to ignore on July 4. As the Fortnight for Freedom concludes, church bells across the country will ring simultaneously at noon (Eastern time), declaring loudly: Let Religious Freedom Ring."
“On Independence Day - and every day - Americans should remember and celebrate the Declaration's timeless expression of our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and recall all those - past, present, and future - who pledge their lives, liberty, and sacred honor to upholding these truths.”
The Heritage Foundation
“Today, we celebrate with speeches, fireworks, picnics, and other festivities the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Fifty-six men signed that document pledging their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to the cause of liberty. All of them made good on that pledge. Many lost their wealth, land, families, and some their own lives as they birthed this nation. Unfortunately, perhaps more than ever in our history, their vision of freedom is under assault. This November’s election will determine whether one of the greatest legislative assaults on individual liberty will continue.”
Family Foundation Action
“One of the things I am most proud of, pursuant to our Founding Fathers, was their faith in and recognition ofGod. It offends me to hear the seditious ignorance of the foolish that fight to remove any and all references toGod when, in fact, our Founding Fathers intended for God to be acknowledged and prayers to be offered in conjunction with good government and the observance of federal holidays and the ceremonies adjoining same.”
"On this day two-hundred and thirty-six years ago, our nation bravely declared its independence, asserting our unalienable rights to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Today, we celebrate that bold declaration and express our gratitude for all the blessings of our God-given freedoms.
"Amid the picnics, parades, and fireworks, we must also remember those who are at this moment defending our freedoms abroad. These selfless men and women especially deserve our thoughts and prayers today, for they are fighting for the very ideals we celebrate."
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
"The Fourth of July encourages us to reflect on our nation's history, both our triumphs and our trials. The last few years have been extraordinarily difficult for millions of American families, but America's story is one of overcoming challenges. We can and will prevail, and move toward a more prosperous future.
"We wish everyone a Happy Independence Day. In the words of Katharine Lee Bates' great patriotic hymn, may 'God shed his grace on thee,' America! And may He always richly bless this land we love and this country we cherish."
RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day
“Hope and change has been a nightmare for millions of Americans! We don't want to see America "fundamentally transformed" into a European-style socialist welfare state.
“But let's set aside those concerns for a moment to celebrate the birthday of America. I'd like to share with you excerpts of an essay Ronald Reagan wrote entitled "What the Fourth of July Means To Me."
"For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July. I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. …
"Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth. …
"What manner of men were [gathered in Philadelphia in July 1776]? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.
"John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.
"Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. … [Thomas] Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.
"But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. … In recent years, however, I've come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.
"Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.
"Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should."
“President Reagan's words are especially poignant this Fourth of July and should encourage us all in the days and weeks ahead. Let us rededicate ourselves to the vision of our Founding Fathers, so that our nation may experience a "new birth of freedom" on November 6th!
Campaign for Working Families