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Mitt Romney's Code Words: - Elf M. Sternberg
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Mitt Romney's Code Words:
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.
Which is what all you nasty atheist, agnostics, and yes even you Buddhists, are gonna do when I'm president. Perish alone.
Religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.
On the other hand, those of you who eschew faith in a supernatural sky daddy, you're screwed.
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.
"If your religion is in the majority in your town or city, then by God you ought to be able to use the machinery of the state to ram your beliefs down the throats of others."
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
Which founders, exactly? Not Franklin, Jefferson, Payne, or even George Washington. When they spoke about God they were explicit in the private and personal source of that speech; they were not speaking as our Pastor In Chief. Our pledge and our currency don't mention god until much, much later than our founding. It's only been there for the past 70 years, not 221 years.
During the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places.
Ah, that ought to make Bill O'Reilly happy. "I support the War on the War on Christmas."
Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our constitution rests.
"I have a litmus test for Supreme Court justices. They have to get Pat Robertson's OK."

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resonant From: resonant Date: December 7th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
As the racist, sexist minister of my parents' church told us every Sunday, "Everyone has a right to freedom of religion, not freedom FROM religion".

Oddly, he also preached that Jews, Catholics, and Mormons should be forcibly converted to Presbyterianism. Consistency wasn't his strong point.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: December 8th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
During the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places.

No Yule trees, though, because they're not officially part of any of the Abrahamic traditions - of course, they're blatantly pagan to begin with. And no Kwanzaa candles, but that's a made-up holiday anyway.

"I have a litmus test for Supreme Court justices. They have to get Pat Robertson's OK."

Not quite. Robertson and his ilk loathe Mormons, almost as much as they do Catholics and Quakers.

But Romney (and, personally, I'm very dubious about voting for anybody named "Mitt") does seem to hold the common "Christian" opinion that one has to believe in a Deity - one singular, monotheistic, basically masculine Deity, at that - to have morals. And that's just plain bullshit.


Edited at 2007-12-08 12:13 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's pretty much the way it goes.

My family is Mormon, and living in Utah. I avoid them, since I'm atheist and every time I talk to them I get sermons and lectures.

The Mormon faith has a 'no middle ground' philosophy. You're either with them, or against them. He's generalizing it a bit, but only because there's a chance that the other theists might be converted.

Hopefully, he won't make it to President. That would be very bad.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Personally you have to love the position we have here in Britain on the whole...

"Religion? What's that got to do with me?"

Translation -
"If it doesn't affect me, or people I can see on TV, I don't give a crap."

Not necessarily hugely philosophical, and I can't say I entirely agree with it, but it is practical if nothing else.
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