Mitt Romney Converts to Catholicism

Okay, not exactly. But he did say that he feels as if he is Catholic during a campaign stop on Wednesday. He said we all are.

In case you have not already seen the video, Romney said in Ohio:

Religious liberty — our first freedom of those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. And the president and his administration said they are going to usurp your religious freedom by demanding that you provide products to your employees, if you’re the Catholic Church, that violates your own conscience.
And so whether it’s a Catholic businessperson or the Catholic Church itself they’re being told what they have to do that violates their religious conscience. That attack on religious freedom I think is a dangerous and unfortunate precedent.
And I know we’re not all Catholic in this room. Many presumably are. But I feel that we’re all Catholic today. In our battle to preserve religious freedom and tolerance and freedom in this country, it is essential for us to push back against that.

The comments were well received — if you consider a standing ovation a warm reception. It was followed by a “Say it again” from the audience after applause. “I will say it again,” Romney said. “That’s one more good reason to get rid of Obamacare. And I’m going to get that done the first day I’m in office.”

This was not his first comment on the HHS Mandate religious-liberty fight, but his strongest, most spirited yet.

Romney’s “We’re all Catholics” comment on Wednesday could not have been better timed. It was the same day that evangelical Wheaton College joined the Catholic University of America in suing the federal government in Washington D.C. federal district court.

It’s worth pointing out that Romney is not a latter-day defender of religious liberty, having come up against ideological challenges to it while he was governor of Massachusetts. His comments Wednesday serve as a reminder that this election matters in ways that run much deeper than what party is in the White House.

The House of Representatives has been a powerhouse of attention to this issue, with Nebraska Republican Jeff Fortenberry in the lead, with an ecumenical, bipartisan coalition supporting his conscience-rights legislation. Speaker of the House John Boehner has insisted that the “If the president does not reverse the Department’s attack on religious freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must.” That would be a lot more possible to do with a Senate that would support him and a president who would sign conscience protection.

Do we value religious liberty as we have or not? That’s the choice.



  • bob

    And if a Muslim businessman wanted to impose dhimmitude on Christians, since it’s part of Islam, is that OK? K-Lo gonna stand up and be counted for oppression of Christians because it’s part of his religious beliefs? This is a recipe for disaster. Letting people impose their religious beliefs on others has a long, sordid history. The only solution is to treat everyone EQUALLY regardless of religion…a lesson conservatives generally ignore

  • E B

    Yup, Mormons stand with Catholics on religious liberty, and with any other religion that cares to join them. I am a Mormon. Romney, from what I know of him, is a good Mormon. Don’t believe anything the liberal news media says of either Romney or his faith, because they are not what media says they are. Read both sides of any story.

  • Milt

    America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President: Barack Hussein Obama

    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions. Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.

    1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:

    • April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” 1
    • February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2
    • April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech. 3
    • May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4
    • April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. 5
    • October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions. 6
    • November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. 7
    • January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court. 8
    • February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. 9
    • April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10
    • August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. 11
    • November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12
    • November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13
    • December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights. 14
    • January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. 15
    • February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. 16

    2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:
    • June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery. 17
    • August 2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD – a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America). 18
    • September 2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains. 19
    • September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” 20
    • November 2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity. 21
    • November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans. 22
    • February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian. 23
    • February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei). 24 • February 2012 – The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read. 25

    3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values: • January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. 26
    • January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. 27
    • March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. 28
    • March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research. 29
    • March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations. 30
    • May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. 31 He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets. 32
    • May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities. 33
    • July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 34
    • September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.” 35
    • July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion. 36
    • August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs. 37
    • September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 38
    • February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 39
    -• March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls. 40
    • July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778. 41
    • September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 42
    • October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion. 43

    4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:
    • May 2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan. 44
    • April 2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community. 45

    • April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. 46

    • August 2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity. 47
    • August 2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location. 48
    • 2010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. 49
    • October 2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House. 50
    • February 2012 – The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military, 51 but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do. 52

    • Jack M

      A compelling summary revealing Obama’s anti-Christian bias and pro-Muslim mandate.

      I fear that very few will take heed.

      Thank your for sharing.

    • Sharonlee19

      I have been soul searching for quite a while to resolve which candidate is worst for devoted Catholics and I do not want to skip voting because I find fault with both of them. Seriously, they both scare me for different reasons but your lengthy list of Obama’s thought process and decisions may have solved the dilemma. At least I can continue to have hope by praying The Divine Mercy chaplet and for God to have mercy on us and the whole world. Thank God for Pope John Paul II spreading this word throughout the world. Jesus, I trust in you.

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  • enoughalready

    I am more concerned with what Obama does with my tax dollars than what Romney does with HIS OWN money. If he wants to wear 5k suits then so be it…he made the money…it’s his to spend how he wants.

    • Arlene

      Amen to that……..about time someone says it isn’t a crime to “make” money and be wealthy!

    • Kevin

      …except that the Church has always condemned rapacious greed. How, in the name of God and for the love of humanity, can “Catholics” defend the self-indulgence of such wardrobe costs while half of humanity starves? We rightly despise Marie Antonnette for her detachment from the misery of others, why not Mitt’s?

      Mitt as Catholic? That’s a laugh. He doesn’t want this tax returns viewed. Could it be because they (may) show he’s given tons of $$$ to the Mormon faith?

      • Mark

        One man’s “self-indulgence” is another man’s business tool. It would be terrible self-indulgence for me to own a huge four-wheel-drive pickup truck; for those who service radios on mountaintops, it’s a business necessity. To decry Romney’s possessions as “rapacious greed” is an act of judgment of the man’s inner state, which we as Christians are forbidden by Christ to do.

        Personally, I have found my own feelings along those lines to be simply sublimated envy, as in “how come he’s got it, and I don’t, when I’m at least as deserving as he is?” It’s a very easy step from that sin to making such a sinful judgment.

        And if he’s given a ton of money to the Mormon faith – well, why shouldn’t he? Their theology is screwy, but their rules for living are worthy of emulation. As a member of that church, he SHOULD contribute to it.

      • Mouse

        Might be a good point, but the fact is that the destruction of our religious freedom, and the harassment and likely destruction of our institutions on that basis, is MUCH more important. I’m not a big Romney fan, but if Obama wins, we know FOR SURE are in for four more years of this and even worse attacks on faith and freedom.

      • John_Betelgeuse

        Owning a $5,000 suit is not “rapacious greed”. Firstly, the phrase is somewhat redundant. Secondly, how you spend what you have earned is irrelevant to the concept of greed.

        Only if you can provide an example of “excessive desire”, can the term apply, and the etymology of the term requires that he have harmed other human beings to get his money, NOT that he refuses to give it away.

        Who did Governor Romney misuse, harm, abuse, hurt, cheat or steal from to get his money?

        One could easily justify referring to President Obama as greedy, as his greed for power and recognition has led him to commit multiple impeachable offenses. But a successful businessman is not, defacto, greedy.

  • patback

    He’s doing everything that he can to convince people that he’s not wearing magic underwear under his $5,0000 suit!

    • Joe M

      patback. Really? Bigotry is on the table for you?

      • patback

        It was a joke. My mothers are Mormon.

        • Joe M

          I realize that it was a joke. Jokes at the expense of race, gender and religion are known as bigotry.



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