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“For us, this Christ­mas is truly a sea­son of good will — and our first peace­ful one since 1949. Our na­tional and in­di­vid­ual bless­ings are man­i­fold. Our hopes are bright even though the world still stands di­vided in two an­tag­o­nis­tic parts,” Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower told the nation on Dec. 24, 1953.

“More pre­cisely than in any other way, prayer places freedom and com­mu­nism in op­po­si­tion, one to the other. The com­mu­nist can find no re­serve of strength in prayer be­cause his doc­trine of ma­te­ri­al­ism and statism de­nies the dig­nity of man and con­se­quently the ex­is­tence of God. But in Amer­ica, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton long ago re­jected ex­clu­sive de­pen­dence upon mere ma­te­ri­al­is­tic val­ues. In the bit­ter and crit­i­cal win­ter at Val­ley Forge, when the cause of liberty was so near de­feat, his re­course was sin­cere and earnest prayer. From it he re­ceived new hope and new strength of pur­pose out of which grew the freedom in which we cel­e­brate this Christ­mas sea­son,” Eisen­hower continued. “As re­li­gious faith is the foun­da­tion of free gov­ern­ment, so is prayer an in­dis­pens­able part of that faith.”

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