Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mitt and the Religion Speech

Posted by Teresa at 3:08 PM
Here is the speech Romney gave this morning:



AP has excerpts. It wonderfully balanced. On the one hand he acknowledged
the need for keeping church and state separate while also praising the important
role faith has in American society. I think the following two excerpts exemplify
that:
"There are some who would have a presidential candidate describe
and explain his church's distinctive doctrines. To do so would enable
the very religious test the founders prohibited in the Constitution.
No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he
becomes president he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths."
He later states:
"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."
This speech is an example of why religion has prospered in this country.
Americans have a well-balanced view of faith. Most of us realize the
importance of practicing our faith while also respecting others beliefs.
The majority of Americans are neither religious zealots nor do we abhor
public expressions of faith. Thus, cultivating a place where are free to
practice our faith (or lack of) as we choose without any hindrance from
the government or society for that matter.

1 comments:

Christopher on 2:01 PM, December 07, 2007 said...

Well you know where I stand on Mitt (yuck!) but I thought the speech was fine and he didn't screw up too badly (yes, that's the nicest thing I can say). Personal belief: Religion does play an important part in the lives of Americans, and that right must never be abridged. However the right to apply one's faith on others through government is neither American nor Christian. (The exception being abortion, which while the Bible is aganist is wrong due to science which clearly shows it's a human life)

 

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