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I had to make this topic of Mitt Romney's speech about religion into a 3 parter. It's that important....and....it's that anti-American. While Pat Buchanan may have shed a tear and been emotionally moved by Romney's words.......I was appalled and so were many other Americans.
The Terri Schiavo shouters and the "gay bashing" freaks in Christianity are the same folks who want to eliminate a woman's right to choose and a scientist's right to study embryoes. Many of these folks are known as Christianists, Dominionists, or what I think is more accurate, theocrats.
These anti-American Christians' goal is to bring Biblical Christianity(whatever that would look like) into all forms of American government. The Restoration Ohio group with it's Patriot Pastors is but one example of this movement.
Romney spoke directly to these people when he said....
"We should acknowledge the Creator as did the Founders – in ceremony and word. He should remain on our currency, in our pledge, in the teaching of our history, and during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places. Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our constitution rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from 'the God who gave us liberty.'
"In such a world, we can be deeply thankful that we live in a land where reason and religion are friends and allies in the cause of liberty, joined against the evils and dangers of the day. And you can be certain of this: Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me. And so it is for hundreds of millions of our countrymen: we do not insist on a single strain of religion – rather, we welcome our nation's symphony of faith. Link
We've already seen that when Romney uses the word "religion" he only means "Christian denomination". He doesn't mean other religions, like Islam, Astrology, Paganism, Buddhism, etc.
"I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from 'the God who gave us liberty.'"
Romney will "take care" to not favor one Christian denomination over another (real big of him). But keeping us from the Christian god who Romney alleges, "gave us liberty"....not so much.
Here I thought the brave and feisty early American settlers fought the British to "give us liberty"....but according to Theocon Mitt....it was the work of the invisible god of Christianity.
"....reason and religion are friends and allies in the cause of liberty, joined against the evils and dangers of the day."
"Reason and religion" are antithetical. Reason is based on critical research and empirical data. Religion is based on unreasonable, unscientific "faith". Faith is, simply put, believing something without reason. Reason and religion are NOT friends NOR allies in the "cause of freedom". All one has to do is consider the gay, abortion, stem cell, evolution/creation, "debates" to recognize that "religion"(especially evangelical theocratic religion) is opposed to "science". Far from being a friend to the "cause of freedom", religion enslaves and divides us and is an enemy of reason.
"....we do not insist on a single strain of religion – rather, we welcome our nation's symphony of faith."
See how Romney panders? It's in code, like the DaVinci Code stuff. The "single strain of religion" means any one Christian denomination or group. The "symphony of faith" means the entire group of differing denominational lyrics being sung to the one and only Christian tune.
This thinking is anti-American at it's core. America, when founded, was founded with a 100% secular form of government. Freedom to practice religion was guaranteed. Freedom from a government establishing religion was also guaranteed.
Romney doesn't believe this. He believes that America is a Christian nation. That's why he can never be elected to the presidency of the U.S. I'll close with something from a guy who knew a lot about this topic......
"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity." -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
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