Letter to the Editor
Mitt Romney says that Obama “fought against religion” and sought to substitute a “secular” agenda for one grounded in faith. What’s totally pathetic about Romney’s statement is that he doesn’t even understand what the word “secular” means. He thinks that secular is the opposite of faith. It’s not.
America has freedom of religion, all religion. That makes us a “secular society”, which means that no matter what religion or non-religion you are, when you go get your driver’s license, pay taxes, appear in court, that what you believe doesn’t matter. Everyone is treated the same. This protects religion from the government and prevents the government from picking favorite religions.
The reason we are a secular nation is because the original 13 colonies weren’t. In some states you have to be Catholic to hold office, in others you had to be Protestant. Mormons like Romney didn’t exist back then but if they did they wouldn’t have been allows to hold office at all. But when we became one nation under the Constitution we had to have a single standard. That standard was “no religious test” and because of that standard Mitt Romney can now run for president. Being a secular nation is a good thing. If we weren’t secular we’d be like the middle east where religions are all at war killing each other for control of the government.