Here is a great post from liberalvaluesblog.com to make my closing argument on this Republican Commandment. The post is based on comments made during the Republican primaries.
I have made it a point to try to keep religion out of political posts on this blog. I don’t care about anyone’s religion, including Mitt Romney’s! Religious freedom is why this country was founded and I ask you to think about that as you read the article below.
Santorum Upset That Obama Agenda Not Based On Bible
February 19, 2012 — Ron Chusid
In a post yesterday I contrasted the false conservative narrative that liberals support a big government to impose their views upon others with the actual fact that a large segment of the conservative movement actually does see the role of government as imposing their religious views on the country. Rick Santorum repeatedly demonstrates this, doing so again yesterday in attacking Obama for having an agenda which is not “based on Bible.”
Newt Gingrich has made similar arguments with his attacks on Obama as a “secular socialist.” (Besides being wrong in seeing secular as undesirable, he is wrong in calling Obama a socialist. Gingrich is using the new conservative definition of socialism as supporting a few percentage point increase in the marginal tax rate of multimillionaires and lower tax rates on the middle class, which has nothing to do with any conventional definition of the term.) Ron Paul has also shown a preference for theocracy, while Mitt Romney is willing to take multiple positions on the issue.
Contrast Santorum and Gingrich with a previous Catholic candidate for president, John F. Kennedy:
I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish, where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.
John Kennedy and Barack Obama are both following in the tradition of the Founding Fathers who understood the importance of creating a secular republic with separation of church and state. Nobody should be able to use the powers of government to impose their religious views upon others.