If you have been paying any attention to my feelings on religion and politics at all, you know that I would love to be blogging about Mitt Romney's big faith speech today. Unfortunately, tonight I have yet another kidney stone, and am basically incapable of such thought thanks to the painkillers.
So I'll make this short and sweet. From the perspective of an LDS Republican, I really liked what Mitt said. Do I think it will resonate with everyone everywhere? Of course not. Do I think the speech helped? Absolutely- to those who were open-minded. Of the criticisms I have read thus far (from readers of different news sites), most seemed to have made up their minds about him already.
A few of the quotes I really liked-
"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone."
(I personally think this will become one of the quotes that he will always be remembered for. At least, it will always be the quote I will remember him by.)
"In such a world, we can be deeply thankful that we live in a land where reason and religion are friends and allies in the cause of liberty, joined against the evils and dangers of the day. And you can be certain of this: Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me. And so it is for hundreds of millions of our countrymen: we do not insist on a single strain of religion - rather, we welcome our nation's symphony of faith."
"We should acknowledge the Creator as did the founders – in ceremony and word. He should remain on our currency, in our pledge, in the teaching of our history, and during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places. Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our constitution rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from 'the God who gave us liberty.'"
All in all, I was impressed. I am looking forward to hearing my uncle's point of view. The campaign flew him to Texas for the event today. He got the chance to see Mitt and rub shoulders with several great men I am told.
I'd really love to hear other thoughts on this speech- especially from my politically active LDS friends!!
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