Look, Gov. Romney has his flaws. But hating religious liberty (Speaker Gingrich’s latest charge, according to POLITICO) isn’t one of them! Quite the opposite; he was defending the freedom of conscience of people in denominations other than his own, most notably Catholic Charities, long before this was ever a topic of presidential primary debate.
A coalition of Massachusetts social conservatives has pointed this out. Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage, notwithstanding her endorsement of Sen. Santorum, has called this Mormon “one of the few public voices standing up for Catholic Charities’ rights to help orphaned and abused children.” He and his wife received a prestigious award from the Becket Fund that “recognizes courage in the defense of religious liberty.” In fact, right now, based on his tax returns, the left is hammering Gov. Romney for supporting some of these very groups financially (after the award, of course).
I’m perfectly fine with legitimate criticism. Say he used to be pro-choice. Say RomneyCare has some real issues. Whatever. But this? This turns the truth on its head. It crosses–dare I say it–an ethical line.