Letter to the Editor
I just listened to Mitt Romney’s speech on religion and I found it offensive from my point of view. Romney was specifically exclusive of the Reality Based Community while trying to make his religion part of the religious insider club. Specifically he put down secular society in a way that shows that he doesn’t understand the definition of what secular is.
Secularism is the basis of American society and Constitutional law. Secularism means that everyone, regardless of religion or lack of religion, has equal standing as citizens. Secularism is found in the Constitution which states, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” It is because of secularism that Mormons can run for president. Mormonism, like Atheism, is not a mainstream religious view. Yet Romney seeks inclusiveness while preaching exclusiveness by insulting those outside the Christian/Jewish/Muslim community.
Those of us in the Reality Based Community are good moral people too. We are honest, hard working, ethical, , tax paying, productive citizens with strong moral values. We Realists also want to be included just like Mormons want to be included. But in order to get inclusion you have to be ready to give inclusion. So if Romney is against us then why should we be for him? I am more impressed with Mike Huckabee who doesn’t go out of his way to demonize people.