"Our rights are not given to us by man," he said. "Our rights come to us from our Creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away. That is why the words 'praise be to God' are etched atop the Washington Monument, and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people. So today, we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be American. Across our land, we see the splendor of God's creation. Throughout our history, we see the story of God's providence. In every city and town, we see the Lord's grace all around us through a million acts of kindness, courage and generosity. We love God."
"All we have to do is open our eyes and look around us, and we can see God's hand in the courage of our fellow citizens," Trump said, encouraging his listeners to see the beauty in religious liberty. "We see the power of God's love at work in our souls, and the power of God's will to answer all of our prayers. When Americans are able to live by their convictions, to speak openly of their faith and to teach their children what is right, our families thrive, our communities flourish and our nation can achieve anything at all."
He concluded his speech with words of hope for the future
"Today, inspired by our fellow citizens, let us resolve to find the best within ourselves," Trump said. "Let us pray for that extra measure of strength and that extra measure of devotion. Let us seek to build a more just and peaceful world where every child can grow up without violence, worship without fear and reach their God-given potential. As long as we are true to America's founding and the example that all of us these great founders have set, we can all be heroes to everybody, and they can be heroes to us. As long as we open our eyes to God's grace and our hearts to God's love, then America will forever be the land of the free, the home of the brave and the light unto all nations."
The event also featured a tribute to Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot by a gunman during a baseball practice event for Congress last year: "To my friend and everybody's friend, Steve Scalise, we are so glad to have you with us today. Your presence reminds us of Jesus' words in the Book of Matthew: 'With God, all things are possible.'"