Mitt Romney said today that he “believe[s] that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and the savior of mankind.” Oh is he? Setting aside whether Jesus is doing a very good job at saving mankind, the religious-test angle bugs me.
So, while professing to be tolerant, and asking others to do the same, Romney said that “freedom requires religion.” It does? Since when? I think religion seems to fuck freedom up pretty badly. What flavor of “tolerance” states that freedom requires religion? How fundamentalist. So, it’s cool to believe whatever you want, so long as you’re a delusional religious nutcase?
Congratulations, sir, on passing the “space daddy” test of American presidential politics. I offer two quotes:
“Here is [a rational] religious test for office: if you believe you’re in a long term relationship with an all-powerful Space Daddy – who will, when you die, party with your ghost forever – you can’t have my vote, even for Miss Hawaiian Tropic. Maybe a President who didn’t believe our soldiers were going to Heaven might be a little less willing to get them killed.” ~~Bill Maher
“…no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” ~~ United States Constitution, Article VI
I know it’s quaint and naïve to quote the Constitution these days, but I couldn’t resist.
A sincere tip of the hat to the speechwriters – as this was easily the best-written and strongest speech I’ve ever seen Romney give.