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January 31, 1983, At The Annual Convention Of The National Religious Broadcasters:

“It’s my firm belief that the enduring values, as I say, presented in its pages have a great meaning for each of us and for our nation. The Bible can touch our hearts, order our minds, refresh our souls. Now, I realize it’s fashionable in some circles to believe that no one in government should…encourage others to read the Bible….We’re told that will violate the constitutional separation of church and state established by the founding fathers in the First Amendment. Well, it might interest those critics to know that none other than the father of our country, George Washington, kissed the Bible at his inauguration. And he also said words to the effect that there could be no real morality in a society without religion. John Adams called it ‘the best book in the world.’ Ben Franklin said, ‘…the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men…without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial, local interests, our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach, a bye-word down to future ages.'”