Mitt Romney: Christian Conscience is the Greatest Force for Good in America Hot

In an interview with Cathedral Age, the magazine of the Washington National Cathedral, Mitt Romney says that Christianity is the greatest force for good in America's history, so people should trust in God rather than in man.

"From the beginning this nation trusted in God, not man.

Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Bill of Rights.

And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action."

Mitt Romney is wrong in several respects. For one thing, the Constitution is quite explicit that political power is based on people rather than gods ("We the people") and, moreover, in trust the people by handing over to them the reins of power. Romney is referring to the national motto, "In God We Trust," which was actually added long after America was founded.

Second, the "Christian conscience" has been as much a force for evil as it has been for good in America. After all, it was the conscience of millions of Christians which inspired them to enslave blacks, to fight a war to try to preserve slavery, to enforce racial segregation, to ban interracial marriages, and to participate in decades of evil racial discrimination.

That's not even touching on all the other discrimination and prejudice that's been taught in America's Christian churches — this is just the sad, sordid history racial prejudice. Yes, many abolitionists and opponents of segregation were motivated by their Christianity, but no more so than those defending slavery and segregation.

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