Originally Posted by jamac
Mitt Romney seems to think that freedom is only for the ones who believe in a higher power.
Uh, no. That's what you spun his comments to mean.
Yet most religions have a track record of requiring their followers to give up their freedoms especially their freedom to think.
That is an incredibly broad statement. I also think you'd have difficulty supporting it. Clearly you'll be able to point to some
examples of freedom of thought being surrendered, but proving your assertion as you made it in context would be difficult.
I find this statement to be dangerous and offensive and I fear for my freedom as an atheist under a Romney administration.
That's because you hate all Republicans, particularly ones that happen to believe in God.
Originally Posted by Outsider
That's not all he said.
The guy is obviously delusional, or his magic underpants are too tight, if he can't separate religion and freedom. That and he knows nothing of the founding fathers.
Actually, I'm pretty sure you know nothing of the founding fathers. What he was saying was that our nation was founded on an appeal to The Almighty and on a belief that freedom was not granted from the power of men, but from Him. It was a God-given right.
He's also the guy that would exclude someone from his cabinet depending of their religion, specifically Muslims, but I wouldn't be surprised if he harbored the same attitude towards jews.
Funny, here is what actually happened:
Speaking to reporters after a health care forum in St. Petersburg, Florida, Romney emphatically disputed a Muslim businessmans account of what transpired at a mid-November fundraising event in Las Vegas....
...His question was, 'did I need to have a Muslim in my cabinet to be able to confront radical jihad and would it be important to have a Muslim in my cabinet,'" said Romney. "And I said, No I dont think that you have to have a Muslim in the cabinet to be able to, to take on radical jihad any more than during the Second World War we needed to have a Japanese-American to help us understand the threat that was coming from Japan, or something of that nature.
Romney said that instead of filling his cabinet posts with ethnicity in mind, he would choose his cabinet members based on merit.
Asked if that included the possibility of appointing a well-qualified Muslim, Romney said, Im open to having people of any faith and ethnic group but they would be selected based on their capacity and their capabilities and the values and skills that they could bring to the administration, but I dont choose people based on checking off a box.
He knows that a real appeal for tolerance was based on his theology (Mormonism) it would not have gone over well with the group he was trying to appease, the evangelicals.
It would be awesome of that above statement made any sense whatsoever.