“Our American republic will endure only as long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant...The freedom which we enjoy did not originate with the Founding Fathers... this great boon of freedom and respect for the dignity of man, came as a gift from the Creator. The Founding Fathers, it is true, with superb genius welded together the safeguards of these freedoms. It was necessary, however, for them to turn to the scriptures, to religion, in order to have their great experiment make sense to them. And so our freedom is God-given. It antedates the Founding Fathers," President Ezra Taft Benson, 1973.