“Faith in America”

Today Mitt Romney answered some of the questions that people have been wondering about him, his faith, and the Presidency.

You can find the entire speech here but I have selected a few excerpts I particularly thought were worth while.

EXCERPTS FROM:

Thursday, Dec 06, 2007

“Faith In America”
Remarks As Prepared For Delivery
The George Bush Presidential Library
College Station, Texas

“Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin.”

I think I can speak for anyone of any faith and say that is why we love America…their will be no Sharia Laws passed in this country!!

“When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate to become your President, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest. A President must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States.”

Again I can’t say it any clearer…this is what I would expect from any elected official here in the States.

“Religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.”

Try telling that to those who believe the nativity scenes and menorahs don’t belong in public places!!!

“There are some who would have a presidential candidate describe and explain his church’s distinctive doctrines. To do so would enable the very religious test the founders prohibited in the Constitution. No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes President he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths.”

I think this defines Romney the best. He is making sure that we understand that to determine his (or anyone else) fitness for office based on his religious views goes against everything this country stands for. He should not have to explain his religion to be president anymore than a person should be asked why they are married to their spouse! Although I think someone should really corner Hillary with this question…I can for the life of me understand that marriage!!!

“No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion. But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism. They are wrong.”

AMEN to that!!!

“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.'”

I think he’s there…

“Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government. No people in the history of the world have sacrificed as much for liberty. The lives of hundreds of thousands of America’s sons and daughters were laid down during the last century to preserve freedom, for us and for freedom loving people throughout the world. America took nothing from that Century’s terrible wars – no land from Germany or Japan or Korea; no treasure; no oath of fealty. America’s resolve in the defense of liberty has been tested time and again. It has not been found wanting, nor must it ever be. America must never falter in holding high the banner of freedom.”

For those on the Left please re-read this last quote, remember it always, we have not conquered those we have fought in the last century but aided our fellow man. We have done these things not for power or glory but because it was right, it was just, it was moral. We do not ask to be revered or praised but offer up the freedoms that we have as a model for all people.

“The diversity of our cultural expression, and the vibrancy of our religious dialogue, has kept America in the forefront of civilized nations even as others regard religious freedom as something to be destroyed.”

Can you say Islamic Jihadist?!?!?!

“And so it is for hundreds of millions of our countrymen: we do not insist on a single strain of religion – rather, we welcome our nation’s symphony of faith.”

Well said.

I would encourage all to read his speech in its entirety; it is well worth the time. I do believe we are looking at the next President of the US.

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