Church and State separation gone too far, says Mitt Romney
Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 25, 2012
The Republican presidential candidate complained that the US founding fathers’ celebrated detachment of government from religious faith “has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning”.
“They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgement of God,” said Mr Romney, who is a devout Mormon. “Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life.
“The Founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square”.
The First Amendment of the US Constitution stated in 1791 that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third US president, said in 1802 that the Amendment meant “a wall of separation between Church and State”.
Romney’s remarks came during an interview with the Cathedral Age, the magazine of the Washington National Cathedral, which posed an identical set of questions about faith to President Barack Obama.