Romney: ‘We are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue happiness as we choose’

“I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country. […] We are endowed by … Continued

“I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country. […] 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 one another.”

During the first presidential debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said that the role of government included maintaining religious freedom and caring for the the less fortunate.

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the first presidential debate with President Obama at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012.

  • Dawn Owens

    Romney has called forming a posse and hacking off the hair of a classmate ‘hijinks’ and impersonating a police officer a ‘fun prank’.

    Mormons believe that they inherit the planet Golob when they die.

    He lies with seeming impunity and constantly.

    This isn’t about religious freedom, it’s about sanity.


    Well, Mitt already said that as President he will not represent 47% of the population’s interests…

  • jeanc2006

    We are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue happiness as choose.
    Big, empty words that don’t include the civil rights of the same-sex couples right to marry. He’s just another self-righteous hypocrite. His holier than thou only sells to the choir, and the rest of us are heathens he doesn’t worry about.

  • jeanc2006

    Elmer Gantry revisited.

  • edalem

    Unless the less fortunate are in the 47%. Another politician who wants it both ways.

  • Trudie

    That Mitt. He’s such a caring person. He is almost a Saint. Well, maybe not.

  • MinnyMa

    Exactly. what if the happiness people choose doesn’t match up with Gov. Romney’s religious agenda? Is his agenda wrong? His interpretation of the Constitution wrong?

  • candle1

    And yet he’s cutting foodstamps to pay for tax breaks for dancing horses. What a lovely guy.

  • yeshu2004

    While discussing religious views, American people should know how their money is being used to build mosques. While Christian churches are being destroyed on a near daily basis in Muslim countries throughout the world, the Obama administration is investing millions of dollars to rebuild overseas Islamic mosques and minarets.
    According to the State Department, the mosque restoration program, first reported on back in 2010, is a “cultural preservation” project designed to “fight Islamic extremism by building relationships with Islamic leaders.”
    To that end, the State Department, through the US Agency for International Development, is spending millions to preserve mosques and minarets in 27 different Islamic countries.In 2010, the State Department provided monetary support for saving three mosques on Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania, mosques which included the 900-year-old Kizimkazi mosque, considered one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the coast of East Africa.
    That generous American donation was repaid in July 2012 when Muslim mobs, shouting, “Away with the church — we do not want infidels to spoil our community, especially our children,” burned down three Christian churches on Zanzibar Island.
    In 2011 the State Department provided funds to restore the 15th century Gobarau Minaret in Katsina State in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north, an area which has become a virtual killing field for Christians at the hands of Muslim militants, led by the al-Qaeda-linked terror group Boko Haram.
    Since 2009 over 288 Christian churches in Nigeria have been burned, thousands of Christian-owned homes destroyed, and over 2,000 Christians killed, including in July 2012 when fifty members of a northern Nigerian church were burned to death in their pastor’s house.
    Finally, the State Department provided taxpayer funds to restore the 18th century Golden Mosque in Lahore, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, an area which happened to be the scene of an assault on a Christian colony in Jul

  • Civilius

    No Mitt…in the Constitution, our rights come from the “consent of the governed”. It’s telling that Romney cited the well known phrase from the Declaration of Independence, which doesn’t outline the form of our government. Romney’s divisive statement is an obvious attempt to curry favor with theocratic social conservatives who want to restrict our rights and liberties as they legislate according to their rigid Biblical views.

  • sky3ler

    Factcheck says YOU LIE
    The program isn’t the brainchild of President Barack Obama. The program was created by Congress in late 2000 under President Bill Clinton, and the first grants were announced under President George W. Bush in 2001. The State Department says that, in total, the fund has contributed nearly $26 million to approximately 640 cultural heritage sites in more than 100 countries, and more than half was given before Obama took office.
    It’s true that mosques are among the cultural sites that have received grant money under this program. But temples and churches around the world also have received funding, contrary to AFA’s claim that the “secular left” would be upset if “these monies had been spent to repair Christian churches.”