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Romney Follows the Founding Fathers in Religious Tradition

SpaceVegetable Wrote: May 18, 2012 6:35 PM
It's great if people use their faith or belief in God as a means of shaping their moral views. Belief in a deity, however, is not required to be a moral and righteous person. My only problem comes when people want to force their own interpretation of morality onto others. I understand that some people oppose gay marriage. I still don't really understand why. Other than a conflict with one's religious views, I don't see the problem in allowing other people to officially recognize their relationships (and pay higher taxes as a result!). I grew up Catholic and while I respect the Church's right to have an opinion on the subject, I don't support any religion's attempts to legislate their views.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: May 18, 2012 6:38 PM
The founding fathers were wise to exclude religion from government, given the huge diversity in how all Americans choose to express their beliefs and faiths. It's our prerogative as Americans to worship as we choose (or not choose). That's a powerful thing. I just wish more people would respect that right and allow others to exercise their beliefs, even when they conflict with their own.

I'm not talking about doing illegal things in the name of religion. There are too many self-righteous prigs on both sides. I wish we could all respect each other and live and let live.
Mark in CA Wrote: May 18, 2012 7:26 PM
The founding fathers' paradigm was almost exclusively influenced from a Biblical perspective. American society today is influenced by many more perspectives than what the founders were influenced by. A greater diversity of perspectives contributes to more disagreements. I believe this accounts for much of the societal discord we experience these days.

What a country. In one corner, the president of the United States endorses same-sex marriage, evoking his personal evolution with the Golden Rule, "You know, treat others the way you want to be treated." In the other corner, Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, addresses an audience of 35,000 at the Liberty University commencement, one of the largest Christian universities in the country. He says that central to our rise to global leadership is "our Judeo-Christian" tradition." When he evokes marriage as "a relationship between one man and one woman," he receives a standing ovation.

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