Lucky us we won’t be denied our freedom if he gets elected president. On the other hand, apparently the Constitution was written for people of faith and religion and not for us atheists. So, although we can be free we have no constitutional rights, or something, it’s all very vague and defensive. So I will let you interpret it for yourself.
Insert shouting here. Then more shouting. Finally, above the fray, a question:
“I’m wondering why you didn’t mention non-religious people in your speech yesterday, number one, and also what you meant by ‘freedom requires religion’?” asked a reporter.
An important point–but Romney deflected. “I’m paraphrasing something that’s been said both by John Adams and George Washington,” he said. “Which is that, in their view, for a nation like ours to be great and to thrive… that our Constitution was written for a people of faith and religion [bold mine - afarensis]. It’s a very extraordinary element and foundation for our nation. I believe that’s the case.”
Unsatisfied, another reporter pounced. “Do you think an atheist or non-believer or non-spiritual person can’t therefore be a free person?” he asked.
“Of course not,” Romney responded. “That’s not what I said.”
“But you said ‘freedom requires religion’?”
“I’m talking about the nation,” Romney snapped. Next question.
So, if atheists can be free without religion, it seems to follow that our nation can be free without religion as well. Mitt doesn’t seem to be helping himself.
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