It’s weird to be sitting here, a girl who’s only ever left the country twice and both times just to go to Canada, a girl who didn’t even have a passport until this year, a girl who loves traipsing all over the countryside looking at historical sites and digging into our country’s history, it’s weird to be sitting here feeling like an American, feeling like a girl who loves her country, and realizing that one of the front-runners for President can give a speech in this day and age that suggests that only monotheists can be real Americans and people think he gave a great speech.
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.
I believe that every faith I have encountered draws its adherents closer to God.
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.’
Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government.
Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me.
Well, there you go.
You can be an American without believing in God. You can be an American if you aren’t sure there’s a god. You can be an American if you don’t give a shit if there’s a god.
Romney speaks out of both sides of his mouth. He wants to shield himself from having to address some tough questions about Mormonism by hiding behind how he shouldn’t be subjected to a religious test, while at the same time he’s saying that one must believe in God to be a good American. If there’s a question of how you’re only an American by virtue of your proper religious belief, that is a religious test.
And, sure, right now it’s all about including all of the monotheists, but what about the Buddhists and the Hindu and the Pagan and the religions of the African diaspora and the indigenous beliefs of the people who were here first?
I mean, seriously.
He wants to be the President of all of us and he doesn’t think we can be good Americans?
Yes, I get that he’s trying to signal to evangelical Christians that they can feel that he’s almost one of them and feel okay with voting for him without having to talk too specifically about what he does believe because he knows most of the Christians he wants to vote for him would not consider him Christian if they had any familiarity with Mormonism.
I, on the other hand, don’t give a shit who or what he worships.
For me, his faith raises one set of questions I believe all Americans deserve an answer to–does he himself believe that black people are black as a punishment from God? If not, how does he justify that he, as an adult, was a Mormon at a time when they believed that?
And his speech raises another set–Is he aware that there are many non-monotheists in this country? Does he really believe that they aren’t real Americans? Is he aware of the terrible legacy we have in this country of governmental infliction of monotheism on non-monotheistic groups? If not, why not? If so, why would he align himself with those forces?
I don’t hear good answers to those and I don’t even hear anyone with a platform to be heard raising them.