(DES MOINES REGISTER) The foundation of this country has religious underpinnings, U.S. Rep. Steve King told evangelical conservatives at a summit in Iowa this morning.

“I believe that our founding fathers were moved around on this continent by God like men on a chess board,” King said during the Family Leadership Summit, the second-annual event organized by the nonprofit religious organization the Family Leader.

“Not perhaps all that they did was by divine inspiration, but much of what they did was with divine guidance including the Declaration, the foundation for our constitution, within which with you see listed many of the pillars of American exceptionalism: freedom of speech, religion and the press; the right to keep and bear arms; no double jeopardy; face a jury of your peers; innocent until proven guilty,” said King, a Republican who represents northwest Iowa.

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