Michael Gaynor
May 22, 2007
Stop "radical secularism" with Mitt Romney
By Michael Gaynor

It's a perilous time. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney warned: "America is under attack from almost every direction. We have been attacked by murderous terrorists.... Our employers and jobs are threatened by low-cost, highly skilled labor from abroad. American values are under attack from within."

That sinister "attack from within" comes from secular extremists.

Mr. Romney fully appreciates that.

Referring to America's Founders, Mr. Romney concisely explained: "[T]he authors of liberty recognized a divine Creator who bequeathed to us certain inalienable rights. They affirmed freedom of religion, and they proscribed the establishment of any one religion."

Mr. Romney did not mention absolute separation of church and state, because the Founders surely did not want that. They worshipped God, not government, and they rejected the divine right of kings claim. They provided in the Constitution for an institutional separation of church and state, by banning any religious test for federal office in the United States Constitution, they expected religious values to inform public policy, not to be banned together with God from the public square.

On October 5, 2006, Mr. Romney warned: "[T]oday there are some people who are trying to establish one religion: the religion of secularism. They not only reject traditional values, they reject the values of our founders and they cast aside the wisdom of the ages."

Mr. Romney concluded: "This spreading secular religion and its substitute values cannot be allowed to weaken the foundation of the family, or the faith of our fathers who 'more than life, their country loved.'"

The secular extremists recognize Mr. Romney as a formidable foe, so they focus on the the differences among the religious in accordance with classic divide-and-conquer theory.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich expressed his agreement with Mr. Romney in his address at the latest Liberty University graduation in discussing the need to confront "the growing culture of radical secularism."

Don't expect Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama, or John Edwards, or Al Gore, to do that confronting.

The former Speaker would do it, but he is not the viable candidate that Mr. Romney is.

Rudy Giuliani, with two divorces, three wives and a pro-abortion attiude, is not a candidate with which the traditional American values folks can be comfortable. He's against terrorism and crime, but who isn't (besides the terrorists and the criminals)?

Senator McCain is old and he too divorced and remarried.

The best choice for America's next president is the Monogamous Mormon, Mitt Romney, who has lived and learned (like the late Ronald Reagan, always pro-God, pro-family and pro-America, but pro-choice until he saw the light).

That is why the radical secularists (aka secular extremists) insinuate that Mr. Romney's religion is reason not to elect him president.

Christians especially should not be fooled. Jesus was an outcast in the eyes of the lawyers, priests, scribes, pharisees, and saducees. In the parable of The Good Samaritan, Jesus asked: "Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?" Jesus' answer was the Samaritan ("the one who showed mercy toward him"), not the priest or the Levite, each of whom passed the needy neighbor by.

Good Neighbor Mitt has proven himself fit as well as willing.

At the Liberty University graduation this month, Mr. Gingrich warned:

"A growing culture of radical secularism declares that the nation cannot profess the truths on which it was founded. We are told that our public schools can no longer invoke the creator, nor proclaim the natural law nor profess the God-given quality of human rights.

"In hostility to American history, the radical secularists insist that religious belief is inherently divisive and that public debate can only proceed on secular terms."

In addition, Mr. Gingrich condemned judicial activism's anti-religion prejudice: "Too often, the courts have been biased against religious believers. This anti-religious bias must end."

The late Reverend Jerry Falwell, founder of Liberty University, refused to be manipulated by those radical secularists/secular extremists.

Reverend Falwell (July 28, 2006): "I have no problem voting for a person who is not of my faith as long as he or she stands with me on the moral and social issues. Mitt Romney may be a candidate for president. He's a Mormon. If he's pro-life, pro-family, I don't think he'll have any problem getting the support of evangelical Christians."

Mr. Romney will get the support of evangelical Christians, to the consternation of the radical secularists/secular extremists, because he is the best viable alternative and admitting mistakes and atoning for them are good things to do.

© Michael Gaynor

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Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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