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If a company has a "values statement," it could be the culprit if the organization experiences an ethics scandal one day.  If a church has a "values statement," it could explain why many believers have difficulty connecting Sunday to Monday.  The key is in knowing when the idea of "values" surfaced.

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"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." Those remarkable words, penned by Thomas Jefferson, caused the patriot physician Benjamin Rush to declare: "’Tis done! We have become a nation." Yet that’s not what Jefferson wrote – at least not in his first draft. Benjamin Franklin served as Jefferson’s copy editor and scratched out one word, replacing it with a seemingly insignificant alternative that would eventually relegate religion to a day called Sunday and a place called church. Franklin’s revision makes the Declaration of Independence and July 4th a hinge in history.

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