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The Republican candidate for President of the United States of America is…

I just read Romney’s speech on Faith in America and I have to say that I am terribly impressed. I think he just won himself the republican nomination. It was an excellent speech.

It’s in the nature of these things, though, that one has to find a nit to quibble with. I didn’t so much as find this one as it found me. It’s the Under God thing.

“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.”

The Under God thing itself doesn’t really bother me (the federal courts have declared that it’s just ceremonial deism after all). I understand that it bothers a lot of my atheist friends but it doesn’t bother me. After all, I spent a couple of hours singing (and dancing to, if you can imagine that) God Save the Queen with my daughter on Monday. No. What bothers me is the dishonest suggestion that the Under God thing is somehow related to the founders. “The founders….We are a nation ‘Under God’.

I assume that Romney is not ignorant of the facts. Therefore he is being dishonest.

That quibble aside, I applaud his speech heartily. Now…

…about that flip-flopping….

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6 responses to The Republican candidate for President of the United States of America is…

Kevin December 6, 2007

[fixed the link to the speech – ed]

Jeffrey Fredrick December 6, 2007

“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.”

Kevin December 6, 2007

There were lots of things in the speech that I disagreed with. But they didn’t bother me so much because I expected to disagree with them.

That freedom requires religion, is a valid (albeit wrong) opinion and until someone comes up with some evidence either way, Romney is justified in holding it and justified in saying it in a speech.

The Under God thing bothered me more because its not a matter of opinion, it’s a matter of the public record.

Kevin December 18, 2007

Closeted: I rescued your comment from the depths of spam hell. I have yet to read a single positive review of Romney’s speech. I thought he did a good job but it looks like everyone else was just waiting for him to make his speech so that could criticize it.

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