NY Times Editorial on Romney

Definitely worth a read:

Mr. Romney tried to cloak himself in the memory of John F. Kennedy, who had to defend his Catholicism in the 1960 campaign. But Mr. Kennedy had the moral courage to do so in front of an audience of Southern Baptist leaders and to declare: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”

Mr. Romney did not even come close to that in his speech, at the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas, before a carefully selected crowd. And in his speech, he courted the most religiously intolerant sector of American political life by buying into the myths at the heart of the “cultural war,” so eagerly embraced by the extreme right.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • Also-have you noted the headlines being assigned to his speech? Even the BBC used the dubious headline “Romney vows to defend all faiths”. Hardly; more like “Romeny vows to defend all monotheistic religions.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7131392.stm

    Not only inaccurate, but also missing out on the only newsworthy part of the speech. I’m sorry, an American politicans giving lip service to religious freedom? Not news. An American politican arguing that we need to defend religions that have been one and three testaments in the public sphere, under the guise of religious tolerance? That’s what the public needs to know.
    ~The Polish Wolf, unable to sign in.

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