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Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:39 PM

Mitt Romney: Church State Separation Taken Too Far By Some

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes that "some" Americans have taken the separation of church and state too far, "well beyond its original meaning."

In an interview released Tuesday with the Washington National Cathedral's magazine, Cathedral Age, Romney said those who "seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God" aren't acting in line with the Founders' intent.

The separation of church and state is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution, but Congress and the courts have debated the practical extent of that separation since its founding.

Romney said the Founders didn't intend for "the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation 'Under God, 'and in God, we do indeed trust."

President Barack Obama also was given a chance to answer questions about his Christian faith and about faith in public life. He called faith a "powerful force for good," but stopped short of suggesting that its influence in America had been forcibly diminished in recent years.

Romney, who is Mormon, didn't mention his faith by name during the nine-page interview, but acknowledged that, "I am often asked about my faith and my beliefs about Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind."

"Every religion has its own unique doctrines and history," he said, and "these should not be bases for criticism but rather a test of our tolerance."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/mitt-romney-separation-church-state_n_1817764.html

........smh

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mim89 Aug 2012 OP
no_hypocrisy Aug 2012 #1
mim89 Aug 2012 #2
liberal N proud Aug 2012 #3
HockeyMom Aug 2012 #4
greymattermom Aug 2012 #7
amb123 Aug 2012 #5
WestSeattle2 Aug 2012 #6
BlueStreak Aug 2012 #10
BlueStreak Aug 2012 #11
BlueStreak Aug 2012 #8
JoePhilly Aug 2012 #15
progressivebydesign Aug 2012 #9
WestSeattle2 Aug 2012 #12
BlueIdaho Aug 2012 #13
Splinter Cell Aug 2012 #14
dmallind Aug 2012 #16
Tom Ripley Aug 2012 #17

Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:43 PM

1. Welcome to DU!

Got a link to that info please?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:48 PM

2. Thanks

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:50 PM

3. Extremism just keeps on coming!

Welcome to DU.

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:51 PM

4. Tell that to your Party Platform

Marriage plank writer Perkins. ONLY couples in a religious ceremony, gay and straight, can be married. All other couples will get Civil Unions.

Discrimination based on LACK of religion. After all marrage is holy, sacred, sacrament, instituted by GOD, perferably Jesus.

Gays Civil MARRIAGE, and I am sure, straights will too. Don't these Republicans realize they are advocating their own Sharia Law, just calling it something different?

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:58 PM

7. Really true about the religious ceremony part?

What religions will be allowed to hold ceremonies? Unitarian? Scientology? What about Muslims?

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:53 PM

5. Well then Mitt, let's get rid of OUR FREEDOMS

because they can be taken too far by some.

BY BASTARDS LIKE YOU!!

Every day the GOP proves Barry Goldwater wrong when he said, "Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice."

Extremism in the defense of Liberty DESTROYS LIBERTY!

There is NO FREEDOM WITHOUT CHURCH/STATE SEPARATION.

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 02:55 PM

6. Translation for bible thumpers: I'm going to use the public schools to

introduce Mormonism to American children.

Thanks for you vote!

Mittens

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Response to WestSeattle2 (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 03:23 PM

10. Replace the kindergarten wood blocks with replica seer stones

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #10)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 03:24 PM

11. And the thing we used to call 9th grade?

How about we call that "mission time"?

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 03:22 PM

8. Mitt is walking a fine line here

because, in a monumental case of pot calling kettle black, many Christians consider Mitt's religion to be a cult -- just the kind of thing they'd like to eliminate if they can realize their dream of finally making this a "Christian nation".

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 05:17 PM

15. And that's the question he should be asked. Does he worry about that exact possibility.

He'd have to address the fact that the evangelicals think he's part of a cult.

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 03:23 PM

9. Wow.. the Panderer speaks again. Is there NO position that guy won't take???

He'll say anything, do anything, and hide anything, to get elected.

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #9)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 04:06 PM

12. His craven desperation is very disturbing. I believe he knows this opportunity

is slipping away, and it's really his last shot at the prize. Abject failure is waiting for him on November 6th.

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 04:18 PM

13. Willard would love to see a Mormon State religion established

Just think of all those tax dollar state sponsored LDS missionaries spreading "the gospel" across the globe!

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 05:05 PM

14. HE'S....IN....A....FUCKIN'....CULT!

The last thing we need is batshit crazy cult doctrine seeping into government. lol

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 10:22 PM

16. An opinion shared by many DUers sadly.

Separation is ok unless it's YOUR church being separated, to far too many.

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Response to mim89 (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 11:30 PM

17. Well, he is a theocrat

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