Mitt Romney gave his speech on religion today at the George Bush library. Read it here. It’s filled with the usual horseshit that one might expect from a man like Mitt:
“Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.
Really? Freedom requires religion? What a novel concept. It always appeared to me that religion suppresses freedom. Does anyone really need to subscribe to dogma in order to “discover (their) most profound beliefs”? If anything, I think it would serve to stunt the process.
And then we have this:
“We separate church and state affairs in this country, and for good reason. No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion. But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism. They are wrong.
Ah yes, the religion of secularism. Here we are, back to “Not eating is just another kind of sandwich”.
“The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation ‘Under God’ and in God, we do indeed trust.
Well, ‘Under God’ since the 1950’s anyway. And apparently, he’s never read Tom Paine.
There are the usual platitudes about not infecting the office with his religion, but they strike me as hollow. They appear to be designed to assuage the fears of the clumsy middle while the remainder serves to give the wink to the true religionists.