began with a ringing acknowledgement of the existence and authority
of God. It began with the assertion of unalienable rights derived from
God's authority. It began with an effort to respect that authority by
establishing government based on the premise that all legitimate government
aims to secure those God-given unalienable rights and must therefore
derive its powers from the free and deliberate consent of the governed.
Thus, without reference to "the laws of nature and of nature's God"
the constitutional liberty of the American people cannot be understood