(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, today that “every life is precious” and “that is the story we all must tell.”
Obama made this point after invoking the Declaration of Independence and stating that everyone is “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life.
Here is an excerpt from the president’s speech:
My own nation's story began with simple words: All men are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Realizing that ideal has never been easy, even within our own borders, even among our own citizens. But staying true to that story is worth the effort. It is an ideal to be strived for, an ideal that extends across continents and across oceans. The irreducible worth of every person, the insistence that every life is precious, the radical and necessary notion that we are part of a single human family -- that is the story that we all must tell….
The world was forever changed here, but today, the children of this city will go through their day in peace. What a precious thing that is. It is worth protecting, and then extending to every child. That is a future we can choose, a future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.