Religion

"In other words, our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don't care what it is."

  - Address at the Freedoms Foundation, Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, New York, December 22, 1952

"Today I think that prayer is just simply a necessity, because by prayer I believe we mean an effort to get in touch with the Infinite. We know that even our prayers are imperfect. Even our supplications are imperfect. Of course they are. We are imperfect human beings. But if we can back off from those problems and make the effort, then there is something that ties us all together. We have begun in our grasp of that basis of understanding, which is that all free government is firmly founded in a deeply-felt religious faith."

  - Remarks at the Dedicatory Prayer Breakfast of the International Christian Leadership, February 5, 1953

"The churches of America are citadels of our faith in individual freedom and human dignity. This faith is the living source of all our spiritual strength. And this strength is our matchless armor in our world-wide struggle against the forces of godless tyranny and oppression."

  - Message to the National Co-Chairmen, Commission of Religious Organizations, National Conference on Christians and Jews, July 9, 1953

"From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this rededication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country's true meaning.

Especially is this meaningful as we regard today's world. Over the globe, mankind has been cruelly torn by violence and brutality and, by the millions, deadened in mind and soul by a materialistic philosophy of life. Man everywhere is appalled by the prospect of atomic war. In this somber setting, this law and its effects today have profound meaning. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource, in peace or in war."


  - Statement by the President Upon Signing Bill to Include the Words "Under God" in the Pledge to the Flag, June 14, 1954

"Faith is the mightiest force that man has at his command. It impels human beings to greatness in thought and word and deed."

  - Address at the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Evanston, Illinois, August 19, 1954

"We are essentially a religious people. We are not merely religious, we are inclined, more today than ever, to see the value of religion as a practical force in our affairs."

  - Address at the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Evanston, Illinois, August 19, 1954

"Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first - the most basic - expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus, with God's help, it will continue to be."

  - Remarks Recorded for the "Back-to-God" Program of the American Legion, February 20, 1955

"Since the day of creation, the fondest hopes of men and women have been to pass on to their children something better than they themselves enjoyed. That hope represents a spark of the Divine which is implanted in every human breast."

 - Address at the Signing of the Declaration of Principles at the Meeting of the Presidents in Panama City, July 22, 1956

"The purpose is Divine; the implementation is human. Our country and its government have made mistakes - human mistakes. They have been of the head - not of the heart. And it is still true that the great concept of the dignity of all men, alike created in the image of the Almighty, has been the compass by which we have tried and are trying to steer our course."

  - Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 10, 1957

"Basic to our democratic civilization are the principles and convictions that have bound us together as a nation. Among these are personal liberty, human rights, and the dignity of man. All these have their roots in a deeply held religious faith - in a belief in God."

  - Address at U.S. Naval Academy Commencement, June 4, 1958

"The freedom of a citizen and the freedom of a religious believer are more than intimately related; they are mutually dependent. These two liberties give life to the heart of our Nation."

  - Remarks at the Cornerstone-Laying Ceremony for the Interchurch Center, New York City, New York, October 12, 1958