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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Like A Lead Balloon

How'd y'all like that Mitt Romney speech.

I continue to be amazed by the stupidity of our media. Romney said for days that this wouldn't be a speech about Mormonism, that it would be about "faith in America," and would basically inform the evangelicals that he wouldn't take their Bibles away while still allowing them to expand their religious intolerance in the public square. And yet, after the speech, everyone is dumbfounded that he didn't mention Mormonism. Huh?

The speech had the phrase "freedom requires religion" in it. Yet people are still comparing it to JFK's "no religious test for public office/separation of church and state" bill. Yet the key question is this:

The question now is, has the media invested so much in insisting that this was indeed what the speech was going to be about that they won't be able to admit he ducked the issue entirely? Or is it just easier to say he did what he set out to do, because that story is already written?

And let's be clear that the result of the media spin may have a direct impact on who becomes the Republican nominee.

UPDATE: It looks like the media spin is favorable. They're predictably ignoring the most offensive parts:

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. But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It's as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America - the religion of secularism. They are wrong.

In other words, there's a separation between church and state - but you'd better have a church, as long as I'm the state!

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