. . . Thursday December 6, 2007

The Religion of Sanity

Mitt Romney didn’t mention a personal visitation from a resurrected prophet named Moroni (or the derivation of his signature ‘do) during his speech at the Bush Presidential Library.

It was way more religious than that.

Faced with a new challenge from Mike Huckabee, Romney looked to address the potential issues around his religion by calling for a greater role for religion in the U.S. governmental landscape.

In recent years the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They see to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life,” Romney said.

“It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism. They are wrong.

It’s actually called the religion of sanity. (By the way, Happy Hanukkah).

This is about Romney’s efforts to satisfy the Evangelicals. It’s also about Huckabee. It’s also (don’t kid yourself) about Rudy (who is, in the view of most Righties, a few tabernacles short of a choir).

It’s also unfortunately about a wildly disturbing trend among politicians in this country. You may have thought it peaked with Bush. Fasten your seat-belts.

Update: A New York Times Editorial seconds that emotion (ah, always a day behind, guys):

Mr. Romney tried to cloak himself in the memory of John F. Kennedy, who had to defend his Catholicism in the 1960 campaign. But Mr. Kennedy had the moral courage to do so in front of an audience of Southern Baptist leaders and to declare: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”

Mr. Romney did not even come close to that in his speech, at the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas, before a carefully selected crowd. And in his speech, he courted the most religiously intolerant sector of American political life by buying into the myths at the heart of the “cultural war,” so eagerly embraced by the extreme right.

If only we could find a politician to say what so many of them believe. The only thing that is “absolute” these days is the pandering – on both sides of the aisle.

Concentration is important!