the Declaration of Independence: text


The unanimous Declaration  of the thirteen united  States of America,

 Introduction: Free to Pray
 Separation of Church and State
 Supreme Court Case: Religious Freedom in Schools
 U.S. Constitution 
 Bill of Rights 

When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shown, that Mankind are more desposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

< Preamble to the Declaration of Independence. This is the document which started the Revolutionary War thus separatoring the U.S.A. from Britian. There are three references to God the Creator highlighted in red. 

< Opening Statement of Second Paragraph: We get our Rights of Life and Liberty not from men, but from God. 

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

John Handcock, President

John Adams, (MA)

Samual Adams, (MA)


Josiah Bartlett, (NH)

Carter Braxton, (VA)

Charles of Carrollton Carroll, (MD)

Samual Chase, (MD)

Abraham Clark, (NJ)

George Clymer, (PA)

William Ellery, (RI)

William Floyd, (NY)

Benjamin Franklin, (PA)

Elbridge Gerry, (MA)

Button Gwinnett, (GA)

Lyman Hall, (GA)

Benjamin Harrison, (VA)

John Hart, (NJ)

Joseph Hawes, (NC)

Thomas Heyward Jr. (SC)

William Hooper, (NC)

Stephen Hopkins, (RI)

Francis Hopkinson, (NJ)

Samuel Huntington, (CT)

Thomas Jefferson, (VA)

Francis Lightfoot Lee, (VA)

Richard Henry Lee, (VA)

Francis Lewis, (NY)

Philip Livingston, (NY)

Thomas Lynch, Jr. (SC)

Thomas McKean (DE)

Arthur Middleton, (SC)

Lewis Morris (NY)

Robert Morris, (PA)

John Morton, (PA)

Thomas Nelson, Jr. (VA)

William Paca, (MD)

Robert Treat Paine, (MA)

John Penn, (NC)

George Read, (DE)

Caesar Rodney, (DE)

George Ross, (PA)

Benjamin Rush, (PA)

Edward Rutledge, (SC)

Roger Sherman, (CT)

James Smith, (PA)

Richard Stockton, (NJ)

Thomas Stone, (MD)

George Taylor, (PA)

Matthew Thornton, (NH)

George Walton, (GA)

William Whipple, (NH)

William Williams, (CT)

Wilson, James (PA)

John Witherspoon, (NJ)

Oliver Wolcott, (CI)

George Washington, (VA)


Last Update: Feb. 2018