Romney’s speech defending his identity as a Mormon ended up saying nothing about what Mormons believe — a wise move most likely as their beliefs are generally beyond belief.  Sobeit.  But what I found offensive was his total distortion of American church history and the beliefs of our founding fathers — particularly their religious views which gave us the protections of the First Amendment:

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Our founding fathers were not religious nuts.  They were well aware of the harms that such could do, so they took the wise step of separating church and state.  No, Mr. Romney, they were neither evangelicals nor Mormons.  They were for the most part what you would call “secular humanists.”

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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