Romney: Obama To ‘Establish A Religion Known As Secularism’

At a campaign event in Wisconsin on Monday, Mitt Romney said of the Obama administration, “I think there is a desire to establish a religion in America known as secularism.” Romney was replying to a question by a supporter asking why the administration was mandating contraceptive coverage for women employed by religious organizations. Romney also said there is a “war on religion” in this country. To that I say bullshit. When religious figures and organizations don’t get their way on public policy they believe they are being persecuted for their religious beliefs and so they conclude there must be a war on religion. I hate to break it to you, but your religion isn’t the only religion and it’s definitely not the law.

It is patently absurd to label “secularism” as a religion. Secularism is a reliance on logic, reason and facts to guide social and political policy. Secularism is a rejection of religion on matters that govern all in a diverse society.

dictionary.com

sec·u·lar·ism
[sek-yuh-luh-riz-uhm]

noun
1. secular spirit or tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship.
2. the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.

Romney’s statement is absurd no matter what angle it’s viewed from. You can’t turn a rejection of religion into a religion.  However, I’ll play devil’s advocate for just one moment and pretend secularism is a religion. If we are to accept all religions as equal and if we believe in religious freedom, then why is Romney attacking the religion of secularism? Of course I will now reiterate that secularism is not a religion, but even if it was, Romney’s statement is still bullshit.

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