James Forsyth

All faiths are welcome but none

All faiths are welcome but none
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Mitt Romney’s campaign has released extracts from his speech today on the role on faith in public life, or more cynically his explanation of why his Mormonism shouldn’t bother voters. Throughout the speech, Romney is keen to stress that there is more that unites religious folk than divides them. But a large part of the speech is a crude sectarian rallying cry, albeit aimed at atheists rather than followers of any conventional faith.

So, Romney tells us that:

"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.”

Now, I certainly agree with the second half of the sentence but the first part of it seems dubious. Then he goes on to say,

“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.'"

In essence, he is saying atheists are un-American. The logical conclusion of Romney’s remarks is that no American should be criticised for their religious beliefs apart from those who believe in nothing.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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