Look closely at these self-evident truths, these imperishable articles of American faith upon which all our government is firmly based. First and foremost is the existence of God. Next comes the truth that all men are equal in the sight of God. Third is the fact of God’s great gift of unalienable rights to every person on earth. Then follows the true and single purpose of all American government, namely, to preserve and protect these God-made rights of God-made man.
Manion, Clarence, stated concerning the Declaration of Independence in 1946: as quoted in Collectivism Challenges Christianity, Verne Paul Kaub, American Council of Christian Laymen, 1961.
Clarence Manion, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Notre Dame (1925-1952), Dean of the Notre Dame College of Law (1941-1952)