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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.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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7 Responses to Wha’choo Talkin’ ‘Bout, Man?!

  1. Hannah Rebekah says:

    Have you thought about sending your message with all the links to the Gingrich campaign? Not that it would do much good but it smacks of hypocrisy when Newt complains about Romney lying when that is exactly what he is doing. And while you are at it send it to Sarah Palin. I use to like her but now its only obvious who her “man” is in this race and she whines about all the unfair attacks against Newt but and then proceeds to repeat the lies about Romney. What’s wrong with that woman now? Must be bucking for a cabinet position in the Gingrich administration….on the moon. Sorry…hope that didn’t sound too caddy.

  2. RC says:

    Not to caddy!

    Out of all the “cards” that one could play from a Presidential Campaign, Newt really trumps it and takes the cake. Playing the Religious Card, really? I suppose that answers alot of questions in my mind. For me, it shows just how desperate Newt is becoming. I agree with Charles Krauthammer 100%, “Newt is not in it for victory, but for vengeance”.

    As for Sarah Palin, as an individual politician, I believe she has defintely lost her appeal and her edge – even for the Tea Party collectively. It has all gone to here head and she is drowning in a sea of “Newt-weed”.

    2012 – Romney / Rubio / Christie

  3. Liz says:

    Gingrich is getting wilder and wilder in the last days, here. Bless his heart. A lifetime of longing and to see it all slipping away……next is the race card?

  4. Terry says:

    Newt’s charge that Mitt is anti-religion is so laughable that I almost had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t in the middle a weird dream. LDS have what we call the “thirteen articles of faith”, short statements that summarize our beliefs, which every child in the church memorizes at a young age. One of the “articles” (#11) states that “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” Mitt memorized that as a kid, and I’ll bet he could repeat it verbatim today. For Newt to claim that Mitt is against religious freedom shows that Newt is pathetically uninformed of Mitt’s involvement–when he was governor–of “standing up for Catholic Charities’ rights to help orphaned and abused children”. As one group of pro-lifers point out in “An Open Letter Regarding Mitt Romney” in December of 2011, while governor, Mitt filed “An Act Protecting Religious Freedom” in the Massachusetts legislature to save Catholic Charities of Boston and other religious groups from being forced to violate their moral principles or stop doing important charitable work. At that time, according to the pro-lifers, “Catholic Charities was loudly accused of discrimination, but Governor Romney correctly pointed out that it is unjust to force a religious agency to violate the tenets of its faith in order to placate a special-interest group.”

    Many people don’t know this, but for over close to 25 years now, the LDS church and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have been working hand-in-hand, providing emergency supplies (food, blankets, clothing, basic medical supplies, etc.) to victims whenever and wherever a disaster strikes anywhere in the world. The LDS church supplies the goods, and CRS provides the distribution services. I have to believe that Governor Romney is in full support of that kind of working relationship, no matter what group or religion is involved.

    So to insinuate that Mitt is against the Catholic church, Moon Mayor Newt is either lying, sadly misinformed, or both.

  5. Lynn says:

    It is important to remember that Mitt Romney gave 3 years of his life as a young man to serve the Lord as a missionary. I served a mission also, so I know very well what it takes to serve an LDS mission. It is not for the faint of heart. He did this voluntarily and received no money for his work. A mission is paid for by the missionary saving enough before they go or with their parents help. A missionary works long hours and gives up dating, movies, television, and other worldly occupations so that they can dedicate themselves wholly to the Lord for that time. They receive no visits from family or friends while they are serving and usually have only contact through mail. They work long hours and spend many hours in scripture study and prayer. While I know that evangelicals disagree with the theology of Mitt’s religion, surely they can recognize the love for the Lord and the desire to do his will that it takes to dedicate yourself strictly to his service to exclusion of all else for a period of 3 years (it was 3 years in Mitt’s younger days and is 2 years now). A mission is hard. It is a character building experience. It is one of the most rewarding experiences a young man can have. Mitt Romney almost died on his mission, through a terrible accident, and yet, when he recovered he continued to serve valiantly. To say that he is against religion is, quite simply, ridiculous.

  6. gene says:

    Adultry is more than sex…it is about TRUST, DISCIPLINE,SELFISHNESS ,HONESTY!
    Newt…please be the first one to volunteer to that moon colony, and take Sarah the Salmon kisser with you…

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