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Official Press Release by

The National Atheist Party
following the October 3rd, 2012 Presidential Debate.

Candidate Mitt Romney Oblivious to Religious Freedom in 2012 Debate.
Florence, Kentucky -- October 4, 2012

During last night’s debate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talked of all Americans as being of uniform religious beliefs.

During his closing remarks, candidate Romney reminded the audience that the US Constitution declares that Americans are “endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights,” and went on to smugly conclude that “we’re a nation that believes that we’re all children of the same God.”

In a heated presidential race which has seen each candidate trying to out-christian each other, this obtuse statement was seen by many as a  gross disregard for America’s wide variety of religious beliefs. "Romney's statement (that we are all children of the same God) implies that he is either unaware of the religious diversity that exists in this country, or that his vision doesn't include those of differing ideologies. In either case, he is revealed as a religious bigot without an appreciation for secularism," responded Troy Boyle, President of The National Atheist Party.

Governor Romney is a former bishop in the Mormon church, the Latter Day Saints. According to the writings of Joseph Smith (the founder of the Mormon faith), Mormons believe that their God was originally a human from another planet, and that by following Mormon precepts, male church members can become gods themselves to rule over other planets in the universe.

Knowing of these beliefs, religious and nonreligious groups alike took to the internet and social media immediately after the debate to protest Mr. Romney’s exclusionary remark. Troy Boyle went on to say that “No matter how much Mr. Romney wishes that to be the case, it is simply an outright lie, and how dare he have the arrogance to even assume such nonsense.”

The National Atheist Party (NAP) is deeply concerned that if elected, Governor Romney will feign ignorance to the civil rights of atheists and agnostics in the United States. Boyle finished by adding that “while we do not wish to inhibit anyone’s practice of the religion of their choice, we do not want government to engage in the practice or the perception of engaging in the practice of promoting any one religion.”

The National Atheist Party is a non-profit, 527 political organization devoted to issue advocacy and guided by the values of secular humanism and evidenced-based reasoning. The party seeks to politically represent U.S. atheists and all who share the goal of a secular government by gathering the political strength of secularists nationwide. To learn more about the party, visit www.usanap.org.

Posted Oct 5, 2012
Lance A. Sievert
Press Secretary
The National Atheist Party

Originally posted to Secular Party of America on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 04:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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Comment Preferences

  •  my comment (24+ / 0-)

    when I heard Mitt say the "we're all children of the same god" was:

    "Cool, I had no idea Mitt believed in the Flying Spaghetti Monster."

    That line definitely rubbed me the wrong way.

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 04:59:58 PM PDT

  •  had a brain fart (1+ / 0-)
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    DJ Rix

    I read the question wrong and voted wrong.  So one yes should be a no.

  •  The Constitution Has No Statement of God at All. (10+ / 0-)

    If he said that, it's a colossal blunder because that statement is in the Declaration.

    The Constitution does have a ban on religious tests for any office or trust under the US.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 05:42:43 PM PDT

  •  So religious wars are sibling rivalry? (1+ / 0-)
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    monkeybrainpolitics

    I am theoretically a descendant of a different deity*, but I've never been able to take that seriously and my family members are all atheists.  

    *as are millions of others

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

    by LucyandByron on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 05:43:20 PM PDT

  •  In title: Religion has 2 Is. (3+ / 0-)
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    Wreck Smurfy, valadon, Justus

    I am used to politicians denying my existence.  It's nice having a president who does not.

    © cai Visit 350.org to join the fight against global warming.

    by cai on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 05:52:26 PM PDT

  •  The only thing I can say (0+ / 0-)

    is : thank goodness this election is not exactly like 2008. We had to have religious debates just so everyone in the world, or at least America, would accept a Christian Obama...course we know some of that didn't work out so well, at any rate it was over the top.

    Thanks for speaking up.

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:10:50 PM PDT

  •  Romney did not attribute that to the Constitution (5+ / 0-)

    Full Transcript Here (thanx, Transcript Editors!)

    Not in the closing remarks, but it was towards the end.  But there is no excuse for paraphrasing wha he said so as to be more confusing.  Here is the passage to which your response refers:

    LEHRER: Two minutes, Governor, on the role of government. Your view?

    ROMNEY: Well, first, I love great schools. Massachusetts, our schools are ranked number one of all 50 states. And the key to great schools, great teachers.

    So I reject the idea that I don't believe in great teachers or more teachers. Every school district, every state should make that decision on their own.

    The role of government:Look behind us. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  The role of government is to promote and protect the principles of those documents.

    ROMNEY: First, life and liberty. We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means a military second to none. I do not believe in cutting our military. I believe in maintaining the strength of America's military.

    Second, in 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.

    We're a nation that believes that we're all children of the same god and we care for those that have difficulties, those that are elderly and have problems and challenges, those that are disabled. We care for them. And we -- we look for discovery and innovation, all these things desired out of the American heart to provide the pursuit of happiness for our citizens.

    Romney did not say "the US Constitution declares that Americans are “endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights,” as you have alleged.

    He did comment about the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  He did not offer his lines as a direct quote or attribute any particular part to one document or the other, but spoke in general terms of both.  We know, of course, that Romney was referring to a passage from the Declaration of Independence. and not the Constitution.

    I do fault him for trying to impose his religion on the whole United States.  

    How's about editing your prepared statement to more accurately reflect what he really said?  That would enhance your credibility with me, anyway.  I cannot guarantee that it would make a difference to anyone else.

  •  I was half asleep (1+ / 0-)
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    realwischeese

    misunderstood poll & voted yes. I'm course I'm a NO.

    I'm a Christian with a faith of  doubt. I don't think one can be intelligent & not have doubt in matters of religious faith, & I fear those who have no doubts, who apply their
    "holy scriptures" with brutal literalism because some person writing as a deity commanded  that humans be killed for reasons that have no relevance to us now. They had relevant reasons for some of them then. Was a bad  idea to eat certain kinds of meat known on occasion to release demons into one's body that made one sick to death.  Reasonable  rule back then. Then we learned it wasn't demons, or vapors, but Trichinella spiralis.  Marry one's dead brother's widow? Also a pretty good idea, one has responsibilities to care for women  made helpless by  rules making women powerless.

      The statement,  "We're a nation that believes that we're all children of the same god," is delusional yet widely held.  I would rephrase it as "We're a nation where those who believe in God want to believe that we believe we're all children of the same god."

     

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 07:36:45 PM PDT

  •  It's about time that someone called out (2+ / 0-)
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    thomask, worldlotus

    Mittens on his "religion of convenience". What a dick!

    GOP - "Home of the Whopper!"

    by Templar on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:06:04 PM PDT

  •  If Romeny said (0+ / 0-)

    that the constitution  said that we " are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights" then
    1) he is wrong, and
    2) he is intentionally conflating the Declaration of Independence with the constitution

    This is a common tactic of the fundamentalists, who, recognizing that the Constitution does not include mention of a God or a creator, and, on the contrary, simply states that a religious test is not allowed for seeking office and that the state shall not establish a religion, conflate the two so that they can talk about "our founders" doing just that.

    For all the right talks about original intent and the founders wisdom, it is amazing that they think that the founders  accidently left God out of the Constitution.  Or maybe it isn't just a laundry list...

    They left GOD out on purpose.  

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:10:01 PM PDT

  •  Wow Mitts God is My Great Pumpkin too!!! (0+ / 0-)

    It is just funtastic to find a person who worships The Great Pumpkin like me, and how he told us all how we all worship the same Great Pumpkin. Now that we understand the truth we will be much less likely to get squashed because we were disrespectful to our friendly pumpkin patch.

    Conservatives supported slavery, opposed women’s suffrage, supported Jim Crow, opposed the 40-hour work week, the abolishment of child labor, and supported McCarthyism. from 'It's The Conservatism, Stupid' by Paul Waldman July 12, 2006

    by arealniceguy on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:17:19 PM PDT

  •  When he refers to God, he's talking about himself. (1+ / 0-)
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    Bridge Master

    Mitt Almighty.

    Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

    by Troubadour on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 11:12:42 PM PDT

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