Ah, religious freedom! My favorite subject. Here’s to Mitt Romney, and all others who cure diseases with heavy doses of poison:
“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,” he said.
This statement has some interesting implications. First of all, God is perishable? I guess the Catholics would agree. And then, who wouldn’t, as long as you have the correct religion?
Second, would Mitt Romney ban atheism? But permit worship of Cthulhu or the Spaghetti Monster (not to say they’re all that different)? Curious indeed: this would be the first time in American history, I think, where not believing something would be against the law.
Third, and most revealing, we can conclude that Mitt Romney is more batshit nuts than I thought. He communes with God? Is it a two-way conversation? If so, Mitt belongs in Bellevue, not the White House.
Mitt Romney is a bigot. It’s time for people to stop electing charlatans, like Romney and Bush, who play lip service to belief in God, while doing all they can to hurt the public. If you aren’t going to make it easier for the poor and middle class to send their children to a good school, you’re not “pro-family.” If you’re driving up the costs of healthcare for those who can least afford it, you’re not “pro-life.” And, if there is a God, believing in “Him” doesn’t make you any less of an asshole.
Update 2007-12-14: Roger Cohen wrote a great piece about religion in American politics in The New York Times yesterday. See “Secular Europe’s Merits.” The relevant part about Mitt Romney:
Romney allows no place in the United States for atheists. He opines that, “Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.” Yet secular Sweden is free while religious Iran is not. Buddhism, among other great Oriental religions, is forgotten.
He shows a Wikipedia-level appreciation of other religions, admiring “the commitment to frequent prayer of the Muslims” and “the ancient traditions of the Jews.” These vapid nostrums suggest his innermost conviction of America’s true faith. A devout Christian vision emerges of a U.S. society that is in fact increasingly diverse.
Jefferson’s “wall of separation” must be restored if those who would destroy the West’s Enlightenment values are to be defeated.