President Harry S Truman spoke at the laying of the cornerstone of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., April 3, 1951:
"Without a firm moral foundation, freedom degenerates quickly into selfishness and license.
Unless men exercise their freedom in a just and honest way, within moral restraints, a free society can degenerate into anarchy.
Then there will be freedom only for the rapacious and those who are stronger and more unscrupulous than the rank and file of the people ...
The international Communist movement is based on a fierce and terrible fanaticism. It denies the existence of God and, wherever it can, it stamps out the worship of God.
Our religious faith gives us the answer to the false beliefs of Communism.
Our faith shows us the way to create a society where man can find his greatest happiness under God.
Surely, we can follow that faith with the same devotion and determination the Communists give to their godless creed ...