Today’s Washington Post has an editorial titled “No Freedom Without Religion?” that points out a little phrase I’d not heard about Mitt Romney’s “Kennedy” speech yesterday in Texas.
Freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom…
Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government.
Excuse me? Which god? Yours? If I remember my very limited knowledge of the Mormon faith, every man with children eventually becomes a god – which one of them blessed us with liberty?
How about me – I worship many deities and personified forces of the universe. Which of my gods granted us liberty?
Or maybe it was it YHVH? Or was it Vishnu? Amaterasu? Zeus? Ra?
And, as the Post mentioned, that doesn’t even cover the millions of people in the U.S. who don’t believe in any creator of any kind. Mitt Romney just threw those people folk into the sacrificial flames.
I appreciate that not even a politician can be everything to everyone, that they’ll occasionally make gaffes, that they have to make calculated decisions about targeting their most likely voters in order to win. The fact that all the Republicans must play to their most right-wing constituencies in order to win the nomination is one of the biggest problems in our electoral primary system today (the Democrats have the same problem, just to their left wing). So I’m hardly surprised that the Republicans, and Mitt Romney in particular, are giving non-Christians the finger.
That still doesn’t make it right.
UPDATE: I just found that David Brooks of the New York Times wrote on this very issue in today’s NYTimes: Faith vs. the Faithless. Brooks isn’t as annoyed as I am, but he also wishes that Romney had at least acknowledged the non-observant and non-religious.