Mitt Romney: Religion Should Not Be Eliminated from the Public Square

In an interview with Cathedral Age, the magazine of the Washington National Cathedral, Mitt Romney says that America should 'acknowledge' God in public and retain religion in the public square. When asked How can our government and faith communities work together as a positive force for the nation while also respecting the boundaries between the two? Mitt Romney answers:

"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. 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."

There's no such thing as a generic "acknowledgement" of God. Any such acknowledgement would be for some specific conception of a specific god, with a specific relationship with people and with America. This all necessarily privileges some particular religion or religious tradition over all others.

No one is advocating the elimination of all references to religion in the public square. People are, however, advocating the elimination of the government privileging particular religious messages in the public square by favoring them, endorsing them, or funding them.

What Mitt Romney must therefore be advocating here is the privileging of some particular religion — and probably his own, Mormonism — over all other religions, beliefs, and philosophies.

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Mitt Romney: Speech 12/06/07

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