Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith has been a source of worry for the right since it became obvious that he would be the one to snag the nomination for the Republican ticket. For the longest time, he refused to talk about it, for fear of angering the far right Evangelicals who are crucial to the Republican Party. Instead, he tried to focus attention on everything else but religion. He claims he’s running on his business experience and debating the real issues like jobs and the economy. However, no matter what he says, that simply is not true.
Romney knows that the Evangelical vote is crucial to a win. For this reason, he is playing to the furthest most right wing, hardline Republican constituents, and using social issues as his bait. The GOP Platform for this election is said to be the most conservative in recent history. It promises to ban all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, amend the Constitution to ban all marriages except those between one man and one woman – you get the picture. A dream come true for the theocracy the Evangelicals are so fervently wishing America to be: a country and government built upon Bible literalism and Judeo-Christian values, and to hell with the rest of us, and never mind the wall of separation between church and state that the Constitution they claim to love so much calls for.
Romney’s latest bit of pandering to the looniest of the far right takes the cake, though. He actually accused President Obama of wanting to take “In God We Trust” off of US Currency. Now, of course we all know this is false. In fact, Obama aides have mocked the Romney campaign for the accusation:
“The president believes as much that God should be taken off a coin as he does that aliens will attack Florida.”
That was the response from the Obama Campaign to this ridiculous accusation. President Obama and his family are devout Christians, and, when there was a White House Petition to take all mention of the Christian God out of the Pledge of Allegiance, he and his administration flatly refused.
Further, what people do not realize is this: no matter how heavily Christianity influences modern American society, this is not a Christian nation. In fact “In God We Trust” was not even on our currency until 1957. So, in short, Mitt Romney you can pander to the right all you like. The fact remains that America is not, never has been, nor ever will be a Christian nation. They might want it to be, you might want it to be (or at least make them think you want it to be so you can get their votes), but it never will be. We are one nation, but, no matter what you all think, there are many of us who do not trust in one particular god…particularly when it comes to rules for a democratic society.
My advice to you, Mr. Romney, is to stick to the jobs platform you originally committed to. Business is your thing, remember? Pandering to religious extremists is only making you look like a fool.
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