Romney captures the God vote at first debate

           When Mitt Romney mentioned the “Creator” in the debate Wednesday, he owned it. “We’re all children of the same … Continued

           When Mitt Romney mentioned the “Creator” in the debate Wednesday, he owned it. “We’re all children of the same God,” he said.

            That’s about 85 percent of the country he was talking to. That should have been President Obama’s constituency but he let Romney have it as he let Romney have the debate.

            Citing the Declaration of Independence, Romney said: “Second, is that line that says we are endowed by our Creator with our rights, I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country. That statement also says that we are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue happiness as we choose. I interpret that as, one, making sure that those people who are less fortunate and can’t care for themselves are cared by — by one another.”

This is a religious country. Part of claiming your citizenship is claiming a belief in God, even if you are not Christian.. We’ve got the Creator in our Declaration of Independence. We’ve got “In God We Trust” on our coins. We’ve got “one nation under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance. And we say prayers in the Senate and the House of Representatives to God.

            An atheist could never get elected dog catcher, much less president. (Democratic Rep. Pete Stark of California is a nontheist but doesn’t talk much about it). 

            Up until now, the idea of being American and believing in God were synonymous.

            When the Republicans tried to take away the flag it took a long time for the Democrats to realize they had been hijacked. For years, Democrats were wary of wearing flag pins for fear of seeming to pander. They finally got the message.

            Now it’s God. The Republicans have claimed God as their own this entire campaign, each candidate trying to out-Christian the other. Even Obama, though 17 percent of registered voters think he is a Muslim, has talked about being a Christian as often as he can.

            Still, none of Obama’s references have been in a debate. And there was Obama– grim faced, nervous, fumbling his words and wearing his American flag pin — letting Romney, confident and aggressive and in control, roll right over him at every turn.

            But the God thing clinched it. If Obama wants to win the next debate, he needs to wear God, as much as it offends him to do so, the same way he captured the flag for this one.  

About

Sally Quinn Sally Quinn is the founding editor of OnFaith.
  • bill1776

    Why is it that most Americans acknowledge the danger of religion being too closely tied to government when the religion is Islam but cannot see the same danger when it is Christianity?

  • bucknackt1

    These right wing “christian” zealots want to impose “christian” sharia on the US, they are as great a threat to America as the muslim zealots who have perverted Islam into a religion of jihad.

  • stephen34

    Throughout all of “humankinds” history, organized religion (that’s an oxymoron) has destroyed hundreds of millions of lives. The nature of mankind at-large is to look for differences– for reasons to separate. The masses do not see that humanity lies within our human unity. This creation is magnificent. The laughter and smiles of children, the beauty of a tree or flower, the magnificence of the ocean or a sunset, the wisdom that comes with old age, are just a small sample of what I have found outstanding about life. But man prefers to create boundaries, geographical, spiritual, religious, political, etc. Instead of saying viva la difference, man uses this as an excuse to kill, maim, oppress, etc. The world needs for all of us to be citizen diplomats at the highest level, at home and around the world.

    For me, I have had the incredible pleasure to see exceptional acts of love and what they can do. I was with John Denver in the USSR after Chernobyl. I heard him sing in Russian a song he composed commemorating the millions that died in the Battle of Leningrad. I saw the tears in the eyes of the Soviets, and saw the bridges that John created, far more important than the embassy parties thrown by our ambassadors.

Read More Articles

colbert
Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

emptytomb
God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

noplaceonearth
An Untold Story of Bondage to Freedom: Passover 1943

How a foxhole that led to a 77-mile cave system saved the lives of 38 Ukrainian Jews during the Holocaust.

shutterstock_148333673
Friend or Foe? Learning from Judas About Friendship with Jesus

We call Judas a betrayer. Jesus called him “friend.”

shutterstock_53190298
Fundamentalist Arguments Against Fundamentalism

The all-or-nothing approach to the Bible used by skeptics and fundamentalists alike is flawed.

shutterstock_178468880
Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

shutterstock_186795503
The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

shutterstock_185995553
How to Debate Christians: Five Ways to Behave and Ten Questions to Answer

Advice for atheists taking on Christian critics.

HIFR
Heaven Hits the Big Screen

How “Heaven is for Real” went from being an unsellable idea to a bestselling book and the inspiration for a Hollywood movie.

shutterstock_186364295
This God’s For You: Jesus and the Good News of Beer

How Jesus partied with a purpose.

egg.jpg
Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.

SONY DSC
Dear Evangelicals, Please Reconsider Your Fight Against Gay Rights

A journalist and longtime observer of American religious culture offers some advice to his evangelical friends.