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….