Let's Go Back To The Principles Our Founding Fathers Set Up For This Country

After the Republican debate last Tuesday, one main argument stuck out in my mind that is swaying me towards voting for Mitt Romney....

 

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry during an Oct. 7 Values Voter Summit introduction, and he asked those in attendance, "Do we want a candidate who is a good moral person or one who is a born-again follower of Jesus Christ?" (attempting to discredit Romney's associated with Mormonism)

 

I have to agree with Romney's response during the debate, asserting that the Founding Fathers would have disagreed with Jeffress.


"The idea that we should choose people based upon their religion for public office," Romney said, "is what I find to be most troubling, because the founders of this country went to great lengths to make sure -- and even put it in the Constitution -- that we would not choose people who represent us in government based upon their religion, that this would be a nation that recognized and respected other faiths, where there's a plurality of faiths, where there was tolerance for other people and faiths."

 

Looking forward to your thoughts...

 


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Comment by Richard K. Emms on October 21, 2011 at 7:02am

Thanks for sharing that tid bit.  I'll add it to all the others from all the candidates.  I like your idea that we should return to the original ideas of the founders.  How many Americans really know what those ideas were?  I doubt very many.  One of the biggest driving forces of our revolution was Thomas Paine's writings.  As an Atheist, I recommend the "Age of Reason", but the original driving force is "Common Sense".  Should be required reading before leaving high school.

   I'm afraid the comming elections will be slim pickings. 

Comment by MCT on October 21, 2011 at 12:34am
Ron Paul is the only 'Republican' worth even thinking about voting for.
Comment by Pat on October 20, 2011 at 7:50pm
I posted this somewhere else on here.  Jeffress comment that Mormonism is a cult is an example of a completely bigoted statement, which is also completely true.  The motive behind the statement is one of religious intolerance.  However, intolerant or not, Jeffress is correct.  It is is a cult.  Problem for Jeffress, Christianity is also a cult.  As is Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Animism, and Scientology, along with many others.  Strange to think that an intolerant little weasel can, for all the wrong reasons and motives, be correct.
Comment by Jonathan Britcher on October 20, 2011 at 6:39pm

I couldn't agree more. Seems to me that every election, presidential or otherwise, puts a huge spotlight on the candidates' religious beliefs.  It seems that every candidate is vying for the title of "more Christian than the other guy."  If you ask me, religion should not only be of lesser importance in the elections, but it shouldn't be of importance at all.  What happened to separation of chuch and state?  It scares me that the main focus for so many people is what kind of superstitious beliefs a candidate holds. If anything, we should be trying to put someone in office who has none!  Because either A) Their religious overtones are a political stunt, or B) They are actually being influenced by whatever religion they follow, and neither answer is acceptable.  Is the candidate a moral person? Does the candidate have well-founded policies? Can the candidate point our country in the right direction?  If yes on all counts, then what else matters?  I look forward to the day when a capable atheist is in office and we can keep this archaic religous rhetoric in religious institutions where it belongs. My 2 cents 

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