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Did Obama Omit 'Creator' in Declaration Quote?

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Forwarded emails claim President Obama omitted the words 'by their Creator' when paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence in a 2010 speech before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Description: Forwarded emails
Circulating since: Sep. 2010
Status: True (see details below)


Example #1
Email contributed by Charlotte S., Sep. 22, 2010:

American Family Association

Obama Changes Declaration of Independence to Omit "Creator"

Watch the video to see this blatant disrespect for God and Christians in America

September 22, 2010

On September 17, President Barack Obama spoke to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 33rd Annual Award Gala. During his speech - reading from a teleprompter - he quoted from the Declaration of Independence. Here is what he said: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain unalienable rights, life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Watch the Video Here!

Obama omitted the words "by their Creator" from his speech. Why? Given the fact that he was using a teleprompter, I can only conclude that this was intentional. Either he, or his speechwriter, did not want to give credit to Almighty God. This kind of action would be in step with modern secular liberalism which is hostile to the Christian faith and hates the historical fact that America's founders revered and acknowledged God in so many ways that are indisputable, such as these words in the Declaration of Independence: "endowed by their Creator."

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Example #2
Email contributed by Jerry S., Sep. 22, 2010:

Obama recites Declaration, skips "by their Creator"

President Obama spoke on September 15, 2010 with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. At the closing of the speech, the president sought to remind people that America was born out of individuals of varied races and homelands, unified by "faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear."

He went on, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal... endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what makes us unique. That’s what makes us strong."

The actual wording of this second sentence of the Declaration of Independence is as follows: "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."



Analysis: True. As confirmed in both video and text of President Obama's prepared remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Awards Gala, he omitted the words "by their Creator" in this sentence paraphrasing part of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Here's the sentence as written in the Declaration:

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.

Now, everyone has a right to their opinion, but if, as claimed above, the omission of the words "by their Creator" demonstrates "blatant disrespect for God and Christians in America," then arguably the same must be said of the following:

• Calvin Coolidge, who stated on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration:

Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed. [Source]

• Dwight D. Eisenhower, who stated in a 1960 speech in the Philippines:

Two hundred years, lacking sixteen, have passed since our forefathers proclaimed to the world the truths they held self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that governments are instituted among men to secure those rights, deriving their just powers only from the consent of the governed. [Source]

• Ronald Reagan, who stated in his 1986 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Proclamation:

He made it possible for our nation to move closer to the ideals set forth in our Declaration of Independence: that all people are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights that government has the duty to respect and protect. [Source]

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Further reading:

Remarks by the President at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Awards Gala
White House, 15 September 2010


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