Signs of the Times

Board of Regents, State of New York in a formal resolution as quoted in The New York Times, New York

Belief in and dependence upon Almighty God was the very cornerstone upon which our founding Fathers builded. Our State Constitution opens with these solemn words: "We. the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, do establish this Constitution."

We are convinced that this fundamental belief and dependence of the American—always a religious —people is the best security against the dangers of these difficult days. In our opinion, the securing of the peace and safety of our country and our state against such dangers points to the essentiality of teaching our children, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, that Almighty God is their Creator, and that by Him they have been endowed with their inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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March 22, 1952

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