Romney Releases Excerpts Of A Soul-baring Speech

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neighborhood meetings on Jan. 3."

Romney Speaks [New York Times]:
Excerpts from Romney's speech, to be delivered this morning in Texas.

“Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom
opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most
profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure
together, or perish alone.

When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that
oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate to become
your president, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one
cause, and no one interest. A president must serve only the common
cause of the people of the United States.

There are some who would have a presidential candidate describe and
explain his church’s distinctive doctrines. To do so would enable the
very religious test the founders prohibited in the constitution. No
candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes
president he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths."

--Dayo Olopade

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