In the past, I’ve criticized Romney for is perceived embarrassment at being Mormon. I later apologized. And now, I am glad to have read the transcript of Romney’s Faith in America speech made earlier today.
And I have just this to say: “Yes, Governor Romney, that is good enough for me.” Because, you know, Mitt reads my blog all the time don’t you know? And, uh, you know… he seeks my advice all the time and stuff. Yeah, I’m that important.
My greatest fear, though I felt sure he wouldn’t dream of doing it, was that he would attempt to distance himself from his Mormon faith in order to better secure the next step in his bid for the presidency, which is to gain the Republican nomination.
Rather he, as I hoped he would, reaffirmed his Mormon faith, and iterated its importance to him by saying:
[Some people] would prefer it if I would simply distance myself from my religion, say that it is more a tradition than my personal conviction, or disavow one or another of its precepts. That I will not do. I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers – I will be true to them and to my beliefs.
He cemented that fact by following up the above statement with:
Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they are right, so be it.
Good on you Mr. Romney! Mitt went on to iterate that, as president, he would serve the people of America – all the people, not the Mormon Church leadership:
We separate church and state affairs in this country, and for good reason. No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion.
[As governor of Massachusetts] I did not confuse the particular teachings of my church with the obligations of the office and of the Constitution – and of course, I would not do so as President. I will put no doctrine of any church above the plain duties of the office and the sovereign authority of the law.
So far, the response from the press and media has been positive. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the next few weeks.
For the full speech, checkout the transcript.