Faith and Politics

December 6th, 2007 by Anand

Religion is important in politics, whether you are in the Indian (or) American Political System, Period. Its the mother of all issues when compared to economy, war & immigration. That’s why Mitt Romney came out openly today talking about his religion that has been an hurdle in gaining popularity with the Christian evangelists. You need them and without them you can’t win. Mitt Romney got the message loud and clear and today made a desperate attempt with the speech similar to JFK’s speech during his Democratic Presidential nomination.

On Sept. 12, 1960

Sen. John F. Kennedy confronted concerns about his religion head-on in the 1960 campaign that made him the first Roman Catholic to be U.S. president.

I ask you tonight to follow in that tradition _ to judge me on the basis of my record of 14 years in Congress _ on my declared stands against an ambassador to the Vatican, against unconstitutional aid to parochial schools, and against any boycott of the public schools (which I have attended myself) _ instead of judging me on the basis of these pamphlets and publications we all have seen that carefully select quotations out of context from the statements of Catholic church leaders, usually in other countries, frequently in other centuries, and always omitting, of course, the statement of the American bishops in 1948 which strongly endorsed church-state separation, and which more nearly reflects the views of almost every American Catholic.

Romney has clearly said that his religion wont influence his decision making process if he is a President. On a funny note I think people learnt a lesson from electing Dubbya as the President. You can elect a President but can’t veto him out of office. Look @ what our Dubbya did. He vetoed on all major bills (ex: stem cell research) and worsening the economy by giving false statements and taking nation to war with misleading information on IRAQ. So they are not ready to be stuck for 4 more years with a wrong man in the White House. So Mitt, they need a more convincing answer because you ain’t JFK , and you didn’t write something like the magna carta.

My 2 cents to all voter’s

Judge a person by his credentials and not his religion.

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