Secular Sunday IX – Mitt Romney’s Factual Foul of Faith

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Mitt Romeny’s nutty pro-Mormon speech pissed a lot of people off (including many Mormons), so in his latest speech, he tried to buy back some faith by lumping all religions together in a war against secularism. His now infamous line, “freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom,” should serve as a call to arms for atheists and agnostics everywhere.

Romney had it right when he said, “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.” Yes, good, and if he would have just stopped there, I would have been on board. But he continued, saying, “in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning.”

Its original meaning? He just correctly stated its original meeting! What in the world could he be talking about?

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.

“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.’

What. The. Fuck.

  1. “In God We Trust” was not added to our currency until 1864.
  2. It was not our national motto until 1956.
  3. “Under God” was not added to the pledge of allegiance until 1954.
  4. Christmas was not a national holiday until 1870.

The Treaty of Tripoli, which was ratified by a unanimous vote of Senate in 1797, states: “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.”

So, Mitt, what were you saying?

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2 Comments

  1. Remind me to let you borrow Susan Jacoby’s “Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism.” She addresses the issue of what the Founding Fathers meant in regard to religion and separation of church and state.

  2. Mariah

    It is quite clear that the so-called “symphony of faith” does not include atheists, agnostics, the various “godless” Eastern religions, or any polytheists what-so-ever. Incredible how one can preach inclusion to the exclusion of so many. Yikes.

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