He divides us against each other September 1, 2012Posted by Ezra Resnick in Politics, Religion.
At the Republican National Convention this week, Florida senator Marco Rubio gave a speech introducing Mitt Romney — and reminding Americans what makes them special:
Under Barack Obama, the only “Change” is that “Hope” has been hard to find. Now millions of Americans are insecure about their future. But instead of inspiring us by reminding us of what makes us special, he divides us against each other…
We are special because we’ve been united not by a common race or ethnicity. We’re bound together by common values. That family is the most important institution in society. That almighty God is the source of all we have…
Our national motto is “In God we Trust,” reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all.
Well, that motto was adopted only in 1956, whereas the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of a “Creator” and mandates separation between religion and the secular government. And obviously, faith in an almighty God — the “most important American value of all,” according to Rubio — is not, in fact, common to all Americans. What, then, would a Republican administration’s attitude be towards nonbelievers, and towards the separation of church and state? Who is actually dividing us against each other?