Romney: "I Certainly Don't Do What A Leader Of My Church Or Any Other Tells Me To Do."

(guest blogged by BillW)

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Here's Mitt Romney telling Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation that he will put the rule of law above religion, and won't "take orders or even input from a religious leader." :

Scheiffer: How would you describe your relationship to the church and how you would see the responsibilities and duties of the President?

Romney: Well, no President could possibly take orders or even input from a religious leader telling him what to do. I mean I guess you could always listen to ideas, but you certainly wouldn't be guided by someone outside the Constitutional circle of you will. I subscribe to something Abraham Lincoln spoke about when he was a young man. He said you take the oath of office and you subscribe to America's political religion, and that is you take the oath of office and the rule of law as your primary promise to God, and that's the way I feel. My church wouldn't endeavor to tell me what to do on an issue and I wouldn't listen to them on an issue that related to our nation. If I'm President of the United States and put my hand on the bible, I do what the Constitution tells me, what the rule of law tells me, I certainly don't do what a leader of my church or any other tells me to do.

While I must applaud Romney's stance if he means it, but as often as he changes his mind, how could you tell? But I do believe Romney's belief in Lincoln's adaptation of Rousseau's civil religion as part of the social contract ought to be VERY troubling to fundies.


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