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Faith in the 2012 Election

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Religion emerged as an important issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. The personal religious identity of President Barack Obama and the Republican candidate, Governor Mitt Romney, remained a lingering issue throughout the campaign. The challenge of Islam in America and how to respond to the revolutions shaking the Muslim world has increasing salience. And divisive social issues with a religious dimension, including abortion and same-sex marriage, played a role in both the primaries and the general election. This site tracks the statements of the candidates and their running mates on these and related issues. You can also view a grid that juxtaposes the major positions of the major candidates here.


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  • August 20, 2012
    Bishop Morlino's words echo those of Cardinal Timothy Dolan's May letter to the congressman commending him for treating the budget as a 'moral' enterprise. Though Cardinal Dolan is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Morlino's letter, coming as it does from Ryan's ordinary, carries not just more weight but actual ecclesial authority. Given that Bishop Morlino has now attested to Paul Ryan's good standing in the Church and his commitment to its social teaching the debate...
  • August 14, 2012
    [In choosing a running mate who is Catholic, Romney showed that he is not worried about damaging support among Protestants,] especially those who don't think of themselves as evangelicals. I'm not saying that Romney thought he could afford to take them for granted. But clearly he felt that he could reach out in another direction. [...] The old lines between Catholics and Protestants which were dominant in our politics as recently as the 1960 election have been replaced by new lines of...
  • August 13, 2012
    Since the vast majority of evangelicals are more concerned about the values of a candidate than the religion or denomination, I don’t think it matters that there is not a Protestant on the Republican ticket.
  • August 13, 2012
    [Biden’s Catholicism] is the Catholicism of our ethnic neighborhoods and union halls and St. Christopher medals on the dashboard. Congressman Ryan’s Catholicism seems different. It’s about obedience to the bishops, about pro-life politics, and reflects the professional class of Catholics who made it out of the old neighborhood and into the suburbs.
  • June 3, 2012
    I don't think there's been any evidence of a deficit [in Democratic faith outreach]. If there's a change we're seeking, it's to be broader, more robust, reaching a broader section of the faith community.
  • June 1, 2012
    I would not recommend that. For the same reason that a Pentecostal goes out and says, ‘This is what I believe about speaking in tongues’ to a nonbeliever, they are not going to get that. They are going to think, ‘Gosh, that’s something I don’t understand.’ If a person talks about when they pray they really hear God speaking to them, that spooks some people, that just creeps them out. They don’t get it.
  • May 31, 2012
    I think people who are people of faith believe that there’s a purpose greater than themselves. For me, there’s no question. I believe in a Heavenly Father, I believe in his Son Jesus Christ, I believe in the Holy Ghost. These are features that are part of many people’s faith in this country; other folks have differing views … That shapes my view.
  • May 31, 2012
    How times have changed. Once upon a time, Democrats and Catholics were one and the same. Now Democratic voters think the Catholic Church is too involved in New York politics and they give New York's assertive new cardinal low marks. Overall, Timothy Cardinal Dolan has modest job-approval numbers.
  • May 28, 2012
    "My organization [Catholic Social Justice Advocacy Organization Network] and others praised the [Obama administration's HHS] accommodation, and we support ongoing negotiations as details are worked out. There is also no denying that many Catholics believe that the bishops’ religious freedom campaign and the timing of the recent lawsuits have more to do with politics than faith. Not everyone is on board."
  • May 29, 2012
    I think it’s not just bad economics, I think it’s immoral for us to pass on those burdens [of high deficits] to our kids. If I’m president I’ll go after that deficit and get America on track to a balanced budget.
  • May 17, 2012
    The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way. [...] Our plan is to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do: Show the world how Barack Obama’s opinions of America and the world were formed. And why the influence of that misguided mentor and our president’s formative years among left-wing intellectuals has brought our country to its knees.
  • May 15, 2012
    We believe that this mandate is unjust and unlawful—it is bad health policy, and because it entails an element of government coercion against conscience, it creates a religious freedom problem. These moral and legal problems are compounded by an extremely narrow exemption that intrusively and unlawfully carves up the religious community into those that are deemed 'religious enough' for an exemption, and those that are not.
  • May 16, 2012
    As the United States Bishops have repeatedly pointed out, the issue is religious freedom. Secretary Sebelius’s mandate defines religious ministry so narrowly that our Catholic schools and universities, hospitals, and social service ministries do not qualify as “religious enough” to be exempt. This redefinition of religion penalizes Catholic organizations because they welcome and serve all people regardless of their faith. Ironically, because of Georgetown’s commitment to open its doors to...
  • August 13, 2012
    Our political system is rife with religion and it depends too much on religion and not enough on substance. Religion is silly and religion has components that are inherently divisive. ...There is no place for any of that in the political system.
  • May 20, 2012
    We wish that Governor Romney would stand up as strongly and as resolutely, consistently to refute these kinds of things on his side. Instead, he has amplified them in the past and he has put logs on that fire, and that's not leadership. In February he actually raised the issue and said he thought it was fair game. The problem is, you have to be consistent in your position and you have to be genuine and firm in your position. You can't be grudging in your position or you send the wrong signals...
  • May 14, 2012
    It was an acknowledgment that the issues that social conservatives and evangelicals care about are important issues to Gov. Romney and as he sees them [as] part of a successful economic platform for the country. [...] He mentioned Rick Santorum and Rick’s emphasis and the need to have the family and the ties to economic success. [He also did] what he needed to do, [which] was to acknowledge that there are theological differences between him and evangelicals.
  • May 17, 2012
    But I think it is fair if someone wants to highlight the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and his relationship with Barack Obama because, quite frankly, it wasn't highlighted enough in 2008 when he was running for president the first time. [...T]he reason that the liberals are going to call it racist is because President Obama is black and Jeremiah Wright is black. They're going to call it racist. It is not racist! They hide behind the race card any time that someone wants to attack the president on...
  • May 12, 2012
    People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology. Surely the answer is that we can meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common worldview. [...] The call to service is one of the fundamental elements of our national character.
  • May 12, 2012
    Your values will not always be the object of public admiration. In fact, the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will endure the censure of the world. Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid.
  • August 19, 2012
    [...] I think one interesting thing that's happening now in American politics, now that both parties have kind of gotten on the religion bandwagon, is that the Republicans don't have a stranglehold over the values word. And so, we're increasingly having a conversation about, well, what are Christian values or what are American values when it comes to, for example, tax policy, or when it comes to war, or when it comes to torture? So the idea that the only values are values around abortion or...
  • August 19, 2012
    And I think in those debates I would be shocked, frankly, if one person at least doesn't ask him, you know, tell us about your Mormonism. And tell us about what impact it will have on being president, if you become president. I think that's a perfectly appropriate question to ask particularly inside a political party that has, for the last generation, decided that religion and politics are really hand-in-glove and that faith matters, and that we want people in higher office to be Christians...
  • August 15, 2012
    [Akron, Ohio] is an area [where] the idea is the president of the United States is imposing his will not just on what insurance you have to buy, but making you buy something that's counter to your faith. [...] Obama is using the force of government to force people of conscience to do something against their religious beliefs. And I know the economy is important, but what's America about? Is it just about jobs? Is it just about strong economic growth? Or is there more to America than that?
  • August 12, 2012
    Our father always had us at church on time. But each of us grew up to discover our own path. And Paul has certainly chosen his beliefs and a very, very strong value system. It's an important part of his life.
  • August 9, 2012
    Who shares your values? President Obama used his healthcare plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith. Mitt Romney believes that's wrong. In 1979, a son of Poland, Pope John Paul II, spoke words that would bring down an empire: "Be not afraid.'' When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?
  • March 7, 2011
    If we now have judges so fundamentally out of touch with America that they have no clue what this country was based on, we need a political change so deep and so profound that nothing we have seen in our lifetime is comparable to the depth we have to go to get this country back on the right track.
  • March 7, 2011
    [...] Power comes from God to each one of you – personally! You are personally sovereign. You loan power to the Government. The Government does not loan power to you. And that is the fundamental division between most Americans and the secular, socialist people around Obama, and the degree to which they do not understand America – cannot possible represent America – and cannot lead us to a successful future.
  • August 24, 2010
    These people reject reason. These people say that their lives are governed by faith, period, by the rule of law. That was handed down in Sharia. And it is all-encompassing and it is perfect and it is not to be added to. And that there is no room for this.
  • August 14, 2010
    If we lose faith, and we lose the culture war and become a completely secular, materialistic society, then we will go the way of the Europeans and we will have no heart to face these people. The problem with the Europeans is that they are completely secular folks, by and large, who see the world through the eyes of reason.
  • March 14, 2011
    Sharia law is not just a religious code. It is also a governmental code. It happens to be both religious in nature an origin, but it is a civil code. And it is incompatible with the civil code of the United States.
  • March 15, 2011
    We need to define it and say what it is. And it is evil. Sharia law is incompatible with American jurisprudence and our Constitution.
  • March 15, 2011
    We're seeing how Catholic politicians, following the first Catholic president, have followed his lead, and have divorced faith not just from the public square, but from their own decision-making process.
  • March 3, 2011
    I began to realize that what happens with evangelical Protestants and with Catholics is this strong sense of a dual assault. On one front they are under siege from radical Islamicists, and on the other they are under siege from radical secularists.
  • March 27, 2011
    Bravery will come from our churches, our synagogues, everyday folks. It won't come from the elites. It won't [come from] those currently in power because if it could have come from them, it would have.
  • March 27, 2011
    I had been watching the courts grow steadily more secular and steadily more anti-religious starting with the 1963 school prayer decision.
  • March 27, 2011
    I have two grandchildren — Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.
  • February 1, 2011
    The great majority of Americans understand that this country was founded on religious tolerance and liberty.
  • April 5, 2011
    Voters should consider the candidate's moral framework and what they believe about right and wrong. Obviously your faith has a role in that, in constructing your moral view and your worldview, your ethical code. As far as theological tenets goes, those don't necessarily affect the public discourse. It's important to understand and know the tenets and teaching of the faith with respect to how people live their lives. That's why, for example, if someone were a Muslim [who] believes that women...
  • April 5, 2011
    CHRISTIANITY TODAY: How can Christians engage social issues in a way that doesn't come across or isn't seen as hateful or discriminatory?

    SANTORUM:If you look at who's out there selling hate, it's not Christian conservatives. Saying we need to respect all human life is not a hate-filled position. Planned Parenthood is there to make money on abortion and to encourage you to have an abortion. We want children to have what's best, mothers and fathers to be in strong and committed relationships....
  • June 13, 2011

    KING: Congressman Paul, does faith have a role in these public issues, the public square, or is it a personal issue at your home and in your church?

    PAUL: I think faith has something to do with the character of the people that represent us, and law should have a moral fiber to it and our leaders should. We shouldn't expect us to try to change morality. You can't teach people how to be moral. But the Constitution addresses this by saying -- literally, it says no theocracy. But it doesn't talk...

  • June 13, 2011

    KING: Just what role does faith play in your political life?

    SANTORUM: I'm some [one] who believes that you approach issues using faith and reason. And if your faith is pure and your reason is right, they'll end up in the same place. I think the key to the success of this country [...is] to allow everybody, people of faith and no faith, to come in and make their claims in the public square [...] and not to say because you're not a person of faith, you need to stay out, because you have...

  • June 13, 2011
    Well, first of all, of course, we're not going to have Sharia law applied in U.S. courts. That's never going to happen. We have a Constitution and we follow the law.
  • June 13, 2011
    KING: Should one segment, Governor -- I mean, one segment of Americans, in this case, religion, but in any case, should one segment be singled out and treated differently?

    ROMNEY: No, I think we recognize that the people of all faiths are welcome in this country. Our nation was founded on a principal of religious tolerance. That's in fact why some of the early patriots came to this country and we treat people with respect regardless of their religious persuasion. Obviously, anybody who would...
  • June 8, 2011
    You don't begin to apply the doctrines of a religion to responsibility for guiding a nation or for guiding a state.
  • June 8, 2011
    I'm not a spokesman for my church.
  • June 8, 2011
    I separate quite distinctly matters of personal faith from the leadership one has in a political sense.
  • June 7, 2011
    If you want to learn about my church, talk to my church.
  • June 7, 2011
    I'm not here in a religious context, I'm here as a candidate for president, and as a candidate for president or as a president I have to represent the interests of all the people.
  • May 31, 2011
    The Arab spring came, one of the greatest opportunities we've seen in decades, and we've been flatfooted.
  • June 13, 2011
    Not only have I been consistently pro-life, but I've taken the -- you know, I've not just taken the pledge, I've taken the bullets to go out there and fight for this and lead on those issues. [...] A lot of folks run for president as pro-life and then that issue gets shoved to the back burner. I will tell you that the issue of pro-life, the sanctity and dignity of every human life, not just at birth, not just on the issue of abortion, but with respect to the entire life, which I mentioned...
  • June 13, 2011
    I believe people understand that I'm firmly pro-life. [...] And I believe in the sanctity of life from the very beginning until the very end.
  • August 1, 2011
    As Ramadan begins, Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world. […] Here in the United States, Muslim Americans share Ramadan traditions with their neighbors, fellow students, and co-workers. For so many Muslims around the world, Ramadan is also a time of deep reflection and sacrifice. As in other faiths, fasting is used to increase spirituality, discipline, and consciousness of God's mercy. […] I wish Muslims around the...
  • July 29, 2011
    I see [the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict] as an identity conflict. It's much more profound than political. And it's a very hard thing to fight. The attitude of the radical wing of Islam, going all the way back to the 1920s and '30s, has been profoundly anti-Semitic, long before the establishment of the State of Israel. Hostility against the Jews in Palestine was extraordinary. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was very pro-Nazi. It's not a political problem, it's a fundamental question of identity....
  • June 21, 2011
    I will veto any spending bill that contains funding for Planned Parenthood, facilities that perform abortion and all government family planning schemes. Like millions of Americans, I believe that innocent life deserves protection and I am deeply offended by abortion. It is unconscionable to me that fellow Pro-Life Americans are forced to fund abortion through their tax dollars. As a Congressman, I’ve never voted for any budget that includes funding for Planned Parenthood. Instead, I’ve...
  • July 29, 2011
    The whole concept of the Arab Spring is an interesting fantasy. We have no idea what is going to come out of this. It's like saying that the rise of the young colonels in the 1950s who replaced the Egyptian monarchy was a step toward modernity and the better future, or that the killing of the Iraqi king [Faisal II] in 1958 was a step toward modernity, and not a totalitarian system. Are the rebels in Benghazi the same people who are killing Americans in Iraq? Benghazi was the leading city...
  • August 8, 2012
    Regardless of what they've done in the past, it is unthinkable for a Catholic charity to invite the man [President Obama] seeking the destruction of religious freedom in America to a fundraising event. This sends the wrong message to pew-sitting Catholics, who are anxiously looking to our bishops to stand up and fight against this clear enemy of the Church who will be joining them for dinner.
  • August 6, 2012
    We sought a slogan that would simply but directly capture our message and be the focus of our cause. While we considered other possibilities, 'Choose the Right,' a phrase familiar to our faith and upbringing, made sense; simple but direct.
  • August 6, 2012
    This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.
  • June 24, 2011
    Ever since I entered into public life, ever since I have a memory about what my mother taught me, and my grandparents taught me, I believed that discriminating against people was wrong. I had no choice. I was born that way. And I believed that discrimination because of somebody’s sexual orientation or gender identity ran counter to who we are as a people, and it’s a violation of the basic tenets on which this nation was founded. I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as...
  • May 19, 2011
    I would not be standing here today unless past generations turned to the moral force of non-violence as a way to perfect our union – organizing, marching, and protesting peacefully together to make real those words that declared our nation: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.” Those words must guide our response to the change that is transforming the Middle East and North Africa – words which tell us that repression will fail, that tyrants will fall, and...
  • May 19, 2011
    Our friendship [with Israel] is rooted deeply in a shared history and shared values. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable. And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism in international forums. But precisely because of our friendship, it is important that we tell the truth: the status quo is unsustainable, and Israel too must act boldly to advance a lasting peace. […] a lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples. […] the basis of [final status]...
  • May 22, 2011
    America’s commitment to Israel’s security flows from a deeper place -- and that’s the values we share. As two people who struggled to win our freedom against overwhelming odds, we understand that preserving the security for which our forefathers -- and foremothers -- fought must be the work of every generation. As two vibrant democracies, we recognize that the liberties and freedoms we cherish must be constantly nurtured. And as the nation that recognized the State of Israel moments after its...
  • August 13, 2010
    As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by...
  • June 7, 2011
    I separate quite distinctly matters of personal faith from the leadership one has in a political sense. You don't begin to apply the doctrines of a religion to responsibility for guiding a nation or guiding a state.
  • February 2, 2011
    My experience so far both in Massachusetts running as a Mormon guy in a state that’s overwhelmingly of other faiths is it didn't seem to get in my way there. Most people in country recognize that in fact the nation itself was founded on the principle of religious tolerance and freedom. We respect other people beliefs and in a lot of cases people who honor faith and try and be true to it.
  • May 22, 2011
    It’s not in Israel’s best interest to be so dependent on us because they give up their sovereignty and then we tell them what to do, so we’re in charge, they have to listen to us, they get all this money and then if we decide that balance should go to the Palestinians rather than to Israel then a lot of trouble comes from this. […] let the countries over there settle their disputes, not done with American money. Just think how many dollars we spend trying to buy peace over there and the more...
  • May 20, 2011
    Our military is already dangerously extended, and this administration wants to expand our involvement. When will our bombing in Libya end? Is President Obama seriously considering military action against Syria? We are facing $2 trillion dollar deficits, and the American taxpayer cannot afford any of it. Our military’s purpose is to defend our country, not to police the Middle East. As the President prepares to send even more support to Egypt, we should be reminded that it was our foreign aid...
  • May 20, 2011
    President Obama told Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak he had to leave office but he has coddled Syria, rewarding that rogue state with a U.S. ambassadorship George W. Bush pulled years ago. Going further, despite Syria’s much more brutal crackdown on its own people, President Obama has yet to call for Syria’s leader, Bashar Assad, to leave power. The confusion to most of us — but not to our or Israel’s enemies — is precisely this: Mubarak was an ally, and the key leader in Egypt responsible for...
  • May 20, 2011
    Israel has long enjoyed the support of the United States. Our mutual ties have been historical, cultural, religious, and strategic. Today those ties have been put in more doubt than at any other time in the history of our relationship. Israel hasn’t changed, the United States has. But the United States, a large and powerful country, is not in danger of disappearing. The same cannot be said of Israel and it is to our shame that we have increased that risk for the Jewish state. One can only...
  • June 7, 2011
    The gay community changed their perspective as to what they wanted. When I ran for governor, one of the big issues was gay marriage. My opponent said she’d sign a bill in favor of gay marriage. I said that I would not – that I oppose same-sex marriage. At the same time, I would advance, if you will, the efforts not to discriminate against people who are gay.
  • June 25, 2011
    I think the president should be, frankly, enforcing [the Defense of Marriage Act], and I think we are drifting toward a terrible muddle which I think is going to be very, very difficult and painful to work our way out of.
  • June 13, 2011
    The federal government shouldn't be involved. I wouldn't support [a constitutional] amendment [to define marriage]. But let me suggest -- one of the ways to solve this ongoing debate about marriage, look up in the dictionary. We know what marriage is all about. But then, get the government out of it. Why doesn't it go to the church? And why doesn't it to go to the individuals? I don't think government should give us a license to get married. It should be in the church.
  • August 9, 2011
    [Homosexual activists] want to force their worldview on us and they’re using this idea of 'equality,' which is absurd. This has nothing to do with how two people want to live their lives. It has everything to do with an agenda that is ultimately going to destroy the family, weaken the family and weaken our religious liberties in this country. This is going to transform, you know, the left is very enthusiastic about this agenda because it is an opportunity to get after the things that they see...
  • May 19, 2011
    President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace. He has also violated a first principle of American foreign policy, which is to stand firm by our friends.
  • August 6, 2012
    At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by...
  • August 1, 2012
    [While] most Catholics who are aware of the bishops’ protests agree with their concerns, about half of Catholic voters (51%) say Barack Obama best reflects their views on social issues such as abortion and gay rights; 34% say Mitt Romney best reflects their views on these issues. Obama’s lead on social issues among Catholics is about as wide as his lead among all voters (50% to 36%).
  • July 31, 2012
    Mr. President, I’m not going to stand with you, and we have thousands of others across this country that are not going to stand with you with this foolishness [about legalizing gay marriage. ...] For the president to bow to the money, as Judas did for Jesus Christ, is a disgrace, and we’re ashamed. [...] We feel Mr. Obama because of the money has bowed to the money people, the homosexual community. We’re the ones who put him where he is. Where was the gay community when he was running for...
  • July 27, 2012
    Freedom of conscience has won an important victory. [The] injunction preventing the federal government from forcing one family business from having to choose between keeping its doors open and violating its faith is a step in the right direction. But it is only a step, not the end of the struggle. We must ensure that the same freedom to live according to one’s faith is available to all Americans. If I am elected president, I will never cease fighting for freedom of conscience as it is...
  • July 29, 2012
    It's a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Our two nations are more than 5,000 miles apart, but for an American abroad you can't get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in Israel. We are part of the great fellowship of democracies. We speak the same language of freedom and justice, and the right of every person to live in peace. We serve the same cause and we provoke the same hatreds in the same enemies of civilization. [...]...
  • July 30, 2012
    We feel that all Americans deserve the right to follow their religious freedom. All Americans, including family business owners, have the right to live and do business according to their faith. And these fundamental principles are being denied us and taken away from us through this HHS Mandate. [...] My father started this business fifty years ago and he started it with everything that he supplied into this business. He did it on his own, contrary to what, maybe, our president would think. He...
  • July 26, 2012
    We have asked Judge Cleland to set a court hearing on our motion for the earliest possible time to prevent immediate injury to our clients’ right of conscience. Without the court’s intervention, the HHS mandate effectively penalizes their free exercise of religion. Our lawsuit is specifically about the religious freedom of our clients. [...Private businesses that oppose contraception] have no safe harbor and no exemption within the law. [We have therefore filed the emergency motion] to alert...
  • July 27, 2012
    The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life released a survey Thursday showing that just 49% of Americans described the president as a Christian, while 17% said they believed he was Muslim. Just before the 2008 election, a majority, 55%, described then-candidate Obama’s faith as Christian, while just 12% said he was Muslim. The lingering questions about Obama’s faith likely come from people of two mind-sets. One is those who have an intense dislike of the president and find...
  • July 24, 2012
    Fewer than one in five voters, 16 percent, said they wanted to know more about Romney’s religion. The presumed Republican presidential nominee is seeking to become the first Mormon to win the White House. [...] The Pew survey shows that 35 percent of voters wanted to know more about Romney’s record at Bain, including 37 percent of independents. Among Democrats, 42 percent wanted more information on this subject, while among Republicans the figure was 27 percent.
  • July 21, 2012
    We pray that the wounded will recover, and that those who are grieving will know the nearness of God. Today, we feel not only a sense of grief, but perhaps also of helplessness, but there is something that we can do. We can offer comfort to someone near us who is suffering or heavy laden and we can mourn with those who mourn in Colorado. [...] Our prayer is that the comforter might bring peace to their souls that surpasses our understanding. The Apostle Paul explained, 'Blessed be God, who...
  • July 20, 2012
    Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another. [...] But there are going to be other days for politics. This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection. [...] I hope all of you will keep the people of Aurora in your hearts and minds today. May the Lord bring them comfort and...
  • July 19, 2012
    There can’t be some kind of monolithic opinion handed down from the government or a political party. I don’t think we’re monolithic beings. [...] I think an even bigger issue than [the Republican party recruiting young voters], from a cultural standpoint, is the acceptance of diversity. And the acceptance of diversity of opinion. At some point we’re all here as Americans and we all have to be appreciative of other people’s views. And it’s that tolerance, I think that that tolerance is...
  • July 19, 2012
    I’ve always said we need to be a party of inclusion not exclusion. We need to be promoting tolerance and, you know, as someone who is a religious minority, I sort of grew up with having that mindset, knowing full well that I am in a very distinct way from a religious background, separate and apart from the mainstream of this country. [...] It’s a bad thing to look at a Muslim and think bad things. Again, we’re all Americans here and we share beliefs in freedom and the ability to practice our...
  • July 18, 2012
    I get on my knees everyday and I'm saying an extra prayer right now. If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it.
  • July 18, 2012
    The Catholic Church has a massive political army in America—it has just not been organized effectively, and that is what we are trying to do. Sixty-five million Catholics faithfully applying Catholic social teaching would dramatically change the future of this country.
  • July 16, 2012
    Our faith is so rooted in ideas of justice, and our values are the same as those at the core of the Democratic party. The harmony between these ideals makes the Democratic party the natural home of the American Jewish community. [...] There is nothing, and I mean nothing, in the Republicans’ right wing social agenda that appeals to the American Jewish community.
  • July 14, 2012
    All of these important public policy issues we face today are moral issues that people of faith have a stake in and should speak to. Good people of faith can disagree on the right ways to bring about change and who to vote for in elections. What we shouldn't disagree on are the goals. Like President Obama, my faith compels me to speak out on these issues and to seek solutions within the public square. All people of faith need to examine the positions taken by the candidates and see if they...
  • July 13, 2012
    This week, I voted to repeal Obamacare because the entire law is bad policy, the mandate expands the role of government to unprecedented levels, and the taxes decimate our religious liberties.The mandate also states that religious employers are exempt only if their purpose is to instill religious doctrine, to hire and serve exclusively people of their own faith, and qualify as a church or religious order according to a very narrow definition in the tax code. Under this definition, even Jesus...
  • July 11, 2012
    This is a president who has the character of his convictions. And almost never since taking office, during the entire time, did the Republican Congress reach across the aisle to help. Obstructionist was the plan from the outset. Not to get out of the recession, not to promote jobs, not to do the things that needed be done, but to make Barack Obama a one-term president. Folks, their discipline is amazing. They’ve never let up. But neither has my guy. [...] Imagine the recommendation for who is...
  • July 11, 2012
    Every good cause on this earth relies in the end on a plan bigger than ours. “Without dependence on God,” as Dr. King said, “our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrises into darkest night. Unless his spirit pervades our lives, we find only what G. K. Chesterton called ‘cures that don’t cure, blessings that don’t bless, and solutions that don’t solve.’” Of all that you bring to the work of today’s civil rights cause, no advantage counts for more than this abiding confidence in the name above...
  • July 11, 2012
    More than these public acts, it was the kind of man [my father] was, and the way he dealt with every person, black or white. He was a man of the fairest instincts, and a man of faith who knew that every person was a child of God. I’m grateful to him for so many things, and above all for the knowledge of God, whose ways are not always our ways, but whose justice is certain and whose mercy endures forever.
  • July 11, 2012
    I’m hopeful that together we can set a new direction in federal policy, starting where many of our problems do – with the family. A study from the Brookings Institution has shown that for those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and wait until 21 before they marry and then have their first child, the probability of being poor is two percent. And if those factors are absent, the probability of being poor is 76 percent. Here at the NAACP, you understand the deep and lasting...
  • June 2, 2011
    You balance the budget by restraining the growth of government and encouraging the growth of the private sector.
  • June 2, 2011
    For all of our country’s wealth and influence, those are not the source of our greatness. The true strength of America is self-rule, and a government that answers to a free and independent people.
  • March 5, 2011
    [The country needs] to believe in free enterprise, capitalism, limited government, federalism
  • January 27, 2005
    The foundation for future prosperity is built on the bedrock of good jobs and great schools. We are building a strong foundation one job at a time and one educated Texan at a time.
  • July 10, 2012
    I think a lot of it has to do with the policies he has taken in the past. He has a history of not being on the side of pro-life and marriage. [...] I would say he probably wasn't the first choice. [...However,] I think evangelical and faith based voters are going to be the key in this election. When they really get involved, like in 2004, then the election goes to the more conservative candidate.
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: Speaker Gingrich, you’ve said you would impose a loyalty test for Muslims to serve in your administration. You said, “We did this in dealing with the Nazis, and we did this in dealing with the communists.” Are you really comparing American Muslims to Nazis? And what specific loyalty test would you require them to take?

    GINGRICH: Well, actually, I didn’t describe it as applied to Muslims. I described it as applied to everybody. [...] My point was, there is nothing illegitimate about...
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: Do you believe state lawmakers have the right to make same-sex marriage legal in their states?

    ROMNEY: I’d far prefer having the representers' people make that decision than justices. But I believe the issue of marriage should be decided at the federal level. [...] And the reason is because people move from state to state of course in a society like ours, they have children. [...] Marriage is a status. It’s not an activity that goes on within the walls of a state. And [as] a result our...
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: You’ve often said you believe defining marriage is a job that should be left to the states. Recently Senator Santorum asked if a state wanted to allow polygamy, would that be okay too? What is your answer to that?

    PAUL: [...] That so past reality that no state is going to do that. But on the issue of marriage, I think marriage should be between a single man and a single woman. And the federal government shouldn’t be involved. I want less government involvement. I don’t want the...
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: Senator Santorum? You’re looking incredulous [at Ron Paul's position on defining marriage]. Response?

    SANTORUM: Well, it sounds to me like Representative Paul would actually say polygamous marriages are OK. If the state has the right to do it, they have the right to do it. It is not beyond reality, Ron, it is exactly what’s being offered in other states right now. And it’s being litigated in our courts right now, which is exactly how gay marriage came about as we see here in state of...
  • August 12, 2011
    [...] the Supreme Court of the United States on a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, could not be subject to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be. That to me sounds like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong. That child is - that child is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of...
  • September 12, 2011
    This whole idea that the whole Muslim world is responsible for this [terrorism], and they're attacking us because we're free and prosperous, that is just not true. Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda have been explicit: they have been explicit, and they wrote and said that we attacked America because you had bases on our holy land in Saudi Arabia, you do not give Palestinians fair treatment [...]
  • September 5, 2011
    I go on my knees. I’m a person of faith and I look for inspiration... And then, with all that God has endowed you – with your mind, with your values – you make that decision.
  • July 28, 2010
    Building this structure on the edge of the battlefield created by radical Islamists is not a celebration of religious pluralism and mutual tolerance; it is a political statement of shocking arrogance and hypocrisy. We need to have the moral courage to denounce it. It is simply grotesque to erect a mosque at the site of the most visible and powerful symbol of the horrible consequences of radical Islamist ideology. Well-meaning Muslims, with common human sensitivity to the victims' families,...
  • September 16, 2011
    I addressed [my Mormon faith] last time around, had a speech on religion in America. [...] That’s sort of been put to bed for me. [...] I know there are some for whom religion is the most important issue, and I may lose some of those folks, but for the great majority of Americans, they want to see this country going again.
  • September 20, 2011
    What we are watching unfold at the United Nations is an unmitigated diplomatic disaster. It is the culmination of President Obama’s repeated efforts over three years to throw Israel under the bus and undermine its negotiating position. That policy must stop now. [...] Actions that compromise the interests of the United States, our allies, and all those who desire a lasting peace must have consequences.
  • September 22, 2011
    I would say that nobody can out-do me on respect for life. I've spent a lifetime dealing with life. But I still think there is a time where the law doesn't solve the problems. Only the moral character of the people will eventually solve this problem, not the law.
  • September 22, 2011
    I would say, any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they're making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to and removing "don't ask/don't tell" I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military's job is to do one thing, and that is to defend our country. [...] I would just say that, going forward, we would [...]...
  • September 3, 2008
    We strengthen our people and our economy when we preserve and promote opportunity. Opportunity is what lets hope become reality. Opportunity expands when there's excellence and choice in education, when taxes are lowered, when every citizen has affordable, portable health insurance, and when constitutional freedoms are preserved. Opportunity rises when children are raised in homes and schools that are free from pornography, and promiscuity, and drugs, where there are homes that are blessed...
  • September 3, 2008
    Just like you, just like you, there's never been a day when I was not proud to be an American. We [...] Americans inherited the greatest nation in the history of the Earth. It's our burden and our privilege to preserve it, to renew its spirit so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future. To this we're all dedicated. And I firmly believe, by the providence of the almighty, that we will succeed.
  • February 18, 2010
    Of course, the President accuses us of being the party of “no.” It’s as if he thinks that saying “no” is by definition a bad thing. In fact, it is right and praiseworthy to say no to bad things. [...] We conservatives don’t have a corner on saying no; we’re just the ones who say it when that’s the right thing to do!
  • June 2, 2011
    In the campaign to come, the American ideals of economic freedom and opportunity need a clear and unapologetic defense, and I intend to make it — because I have lived it.
  • September 17, 2010
    I'm afraid that some in Washington today are driven by such different values that they would change the very character of America.
  • June 9, 2011
    We have, as a people, lost our confidence and our understanding of what true liberty is all about and where it comes from. It doesn't come from the government. Our liberties come from our Creator.
  • May 16, 2011
    I get to my God through Christ. Christ to me, is a man of peace. He is for peace. He's not for war. [...] Yet we are now dedicating so much of our aggressive activity in the name of God, but God---He is the Prince of Peace. That is what I see from my God, and through Christ, I vote for peace.
  • July 8, 2012
    I think this election is going to be close. Bottom line, there are many people in America who look at themselves and say, “Am I better now than I was before?” It is going to be tooth and nail, and I think it is going to get nasty. But, in my opinion, if they are trying to bring up Reverend Jeremiah Wright again, they are really reaching. [...] Honestly, though, the big question is, I think there will be a block of people saying, “I cannot vote for a Mormon.” They got a tough decision: Obama...
  • October 8, 2011
    This is something that those of you who were here know: We've been here. We've worked together. We've gotten things done together in this city where, well, let's just say most politicians, when it comes to these issues, tend to put them on the backburner. Well, you know that I have never put social issues and values issues on the backburner.
  • October 8, 2011
    This president has done more to destroy the bonds between Israel and the United States than any president in our history. He has isolated Israel. He has brought contempt for Israel, to the point where he even encouraged a year ago that the Palestinian Authority should bring a resolution to the United Nations and had to feebly veto it to stop them for something he instigated in the first place by suggesting it and then doing those things over the course of that year to isolate Israel.
  • October 8, 2011
    We need a president who believes in free people and free markets. That's the basis of our society. It's the basis of our economy. It's a moral enterprise that is America. Our Declaration of Independence, which is they [sic] why of America, says we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. Our rights come from God – not any god, but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – that God.
  • October 8, 2011
    There is a growing chorus in the country of people who believe America’s day has passed. They believe that we must accommodate ourselves to a world of multiple balanced powers. But God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: this century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an...
  • October 8, 2011
    But marriage is more than a personally rewarding social custom. It is also critical for the well-being of a civilization. That is why it’s so important to preserve traditional marriage – the joining together of one man and one woman. And that’s why I will appoint an Attorney General who will defend the bipartisan law passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton – the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • July 9, 2012
    Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama. Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons ... some people that are going to vote for him. But that’s not what this election is about. This election is going to be a...
  • October 8, 2011
    Almost all Americans live for a purpose greater than ourselves. Our heritage of religious faith and tolerance has importantly shaped who we have become as a people. We must continue to welcome faith into the public square and allow it to flourish. Our government should respect religious values, not silence them. We will always pledge our allegiance to a nation under God.
  • July 6, 2012
    Because after all Obamacare is all about improving the health of the American people. We know that going to church is good for you, it’s good for your health. So we are going to mandate that you go to church for your own health and we are going to tax the atheists who don’t go to church. Now we can’t make you go to church, but we are going to penalize you if you don’t, we are going to assess a tax on every atheist who doesn’t go to church because those atheists are endangering their physical...
  • June 29, 2012
    [T]he African Methodist Episcopal church has a 196 year tradition of speaking truth to power and advocating the active application of the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ, and [...] those who have held Attorney General Holder, America's first African-American Attorney General, in contempt have been consistently and systematically disrespectful of the Attorney General and of President Barack Obama, and, the attack against Attorney General Holder comes after his stated intent to determine...
  • October 8, 2011
    You know, morality of the people or the lack of morality of the people can be reflected in the law. But the law never can change the morality of the people. And that is very important.
  • July 4, 2012
    True freedom knows no attachments other than Jesus Christ. True freedom can walk away from anything—wealth, honor, fame, pleasure. […] It fears neither the state, nor death itself. We’re free only to the extent that we unburden ourselves of our own willfulness and practice the art of living according to God’s plan. When we do this, when we choose to live according to God’s intention for us, we are then—and only then—truly free. This is the kind of freedom that can transform...
  • October 8, 2011
    You know, many great religions, and especially both the Old and New Testament, talks about a golden rule. And I think it’s an important rule. We want to treat – we should treat other people the way we want to be treated. And I would like to suggest that possibly we should be thinking about having a foreign policy of the golden rule and not treat other countries any way other than the way we want to be treated.
  • June 28, 2012
    And I want you to think of the stories in the Bible about folks like Abel and Noah; folks like Abraham and Sarah, and the verse in Hebrews that says, ‘All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised. They only saw them and welcomed them from a distance'. Through so many heartbreaks and trials, those who came before us kept the faith. They could only see that promised land from a distance, but they never let it out of their sight...If we’re...
  • October 10, 2011
    CHRISTIANITY TODAY: Do you see your faith informing your policy or are you mostly interested in ideas that are pragmatic?

    PAUL: How can your faith be divorced from your everyday living? I don't see any conflict — I think that they do have an influence, obviously.
  • October 10, 2011
    I think the most important religious experience I had was when I was raised in a Lutheran church where confirmation was very important. Church was obviously very important. We all went to church every week as a family affair. But confirmation was when we got to be teenagers and make a decision to go through the lessons and study and learn and make a commitment. [...] But confirmation was a very important event. Everybody in the family came and it was acknowledged. Yes, I remember that very...
  • October 10, 2011
    PAUL: All of our children were raised in the Episcopal Church. Some [places] were fairly conservative but my wife and I thought the Episcopal Church advocated a position that we didn't endorse, so we left. And our children did not stay in the Episcopal Church either.

    CHRISTIANITY TODAY: Related to specific issues?

    PAUL: I think it was the abortion issue. I imagine they had some other issues. But I think the abortion issue was the real big thing. And I think also some of the money was going to...
  • October 10, 2011
    CHRISTIANITY TODAY: How would you describe your faith at this point: Baptist, evangelical, Christian, something else?

    PAUL: I'm not a hyphenated Christian. I believe. I am a Christian and I believe in it, and I am influenced by my upbringing and my understanding and my biblical understanding. I don't think there are ever two people who are exactly the same, so I don't usually use hyphenation.
  • October 10, 2011
    [The US should approach religious liberty in foreign policy] by striving for perfection here and setting a good standard so that people would come and say America is a wonderful place. It's free and prosperous, just like de Tocqueville said in the 1850s. America is a great nation because it's a moral nation and people go to church. Others should look and see the results, but I don't believe in the use of force. If you're not a Christian, I don't force you to go to church. The use of force...
  • March 27, 2011
    I'm really here as a historian. I'm not [a] preacher. I'm not a theologian.
  • October 10, 2011
    I think that none of us should sit in judgment of somebody else’s religion. And I thought it was very unwise and very inappropriate. [...] Mormons define themselves as a branch of Christianity.
  • June 29, 2012
    Whether it's fires in Colorado or flooding in the northern parts of Florida, when natural disasters like this hit, America comes together. We all recognize that there but for the grace of God go I. We've got to make sure that we have each others' backs.
  • June 23, 2011
    This administration is crippling the United States and every country in the world by failing to protect those who help us. [...] It is immoral and it is destructive.
  • June 28, 2012
    The court’s opinion today did not decide the issues in our cases. We are challenging the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on religious liberty grounds which are not part of today’s decision. We will move forward seeking vindication of our client’s First Amendment rights. The Becket Fund’s religious liberty lawsuits against the unconstitutional HHS mandate will continue. Never in history has there been a mandate forcing individuals to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay a...
  • June 23, 2011
    I’m not very comfortable that Egypt is going to work out well. I’m not very comfortable that Tunisia is going to work out well. I’m not very comfortable that Libya is going to work out well.
  • June 28, 2012
    For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to life-affirming health care for all, especially the poorest and the most vulnerable. [...] The decision of the Supreme Court neither diminishes the moral imperative to ensure decent health care for all, nor eliminates the need to correct the fundamental flaws [of the law].
  • January 18, 2011
    If we do the right things in America, we can compete with China and India for the next 100 years and not worry about it [...] I don't worry about the Chinese. I worry about bad American government, that's crippling us a lot more than the Chinese are.
  • October 18, 2011
    COOPER: Should voters pay attention to a candidate’s religion?

    SANTORUM: I think they should pay attention to the candidate’s values, what the candidate stands for. That’s what is at play. And the person’s faith — and you look at that faith and what the faith teaches with respect to morals and values that are reflected in that person’s belief structure. Those are important things. [...] With respect to what is the road to salvation, that’s a whole different story. That’s not applicable to...
  • October 18, 2011
    I’m a Catholic. Catholic has social teachings. Catholic has teachings as to what’s right and what’s wrong. And those are legitimate things for voters to look at, to say if you’re a faithful Catholic, which I try to be — fall short all the time, but I try to be — and it’s a legitimate thing to look at as to what the tenets and teachings of that faith are with respect to how you live your life and how you would govern this country.
  • October 18, 2011
    I happen to think that none of us should rush in judgment of others in the way in which they approach God. And I think that all of us up here I believe would agree. But I think all of us would also agree that there's a very central part of your faith in how you approach public life. And I, frankly, would be really worried if somebody assured me that nothing in their faith would affect their judgments, because then I'd wonder, where's your judgment -- how can you have judgment if you have no...
  • October 18, 2011
    What I actually found was most troubling in what the reverend said in the introduction was he said, in choosing our nominee, we should inspect his religion. And someone who is a good moral person is not someone who we should select; instead, we should choose someone who subscribes to our religious belief. That -- that idea that we should choose people based upon their religion for public office is what I find to be most troubling, because the founders of this country went to great length to...
  • October 18, 2011
    COOPER: Congressman Paul, would you cut aid to Israel?

    PAUL: I would cut all foreign aid. I would treat everybody equally and fairly. And I don’t think aid to Israel actually helps them. I think it teaches them to be dependent. We’re on a bankruptcy course.
  • October 24, 2011
    When John F. Kennedy ran in 1960, you know what were people calling Catholicism — a cult. So you, they come out, they become more mainstream. John F. Kennedy wins, you know, the religion goes mainstream. It's probably the same thing with Mormonism.
  • June 27, 2012
    A majority (52%) of white evangelical Protestants favor the Supreme Court overturning the health care law. White mainline Protestants are more divided, with 44% in favor of the Supreme Court overturning the law, and 34% opposed. By contrast, nearly half (46%) of Catholics oppose the Supreme Court overturning the health care law, while 36% are in favor. A strong majority (60%) of minority Christians oppose the Supreme Court overturning the health care law.
  • November 5, 2011
    I find it preposterous that in 2011 we're debating whether or not a man is qualified or worthy of your vote based on whether or not his religion - being a Latter-day Saint - is a disqualifying provision. [...] It is not. It's embarrassing. And we should be ashamed [of] anyone who thinks that way.
  • November 8, 2011
    The first thing I’d do in the office, probably say a prayer.
  • November 9, 2011
    I think people understand that I'm a man of steadiness and constancy. I don't think you are going to find somebody who has more of those attributes than I do. I have been married to the same woman for 25 - excuse me, I will get in trouble, for 42 years. I have been in the same church my entire life. I worked at one company, Bain, for 25 years. [...] Let me tell you this, if I'm president of the United States, I will be true to my family, to my faith, and to our country, and I will never...
  • November 12, 2011
    And candidly, the degree to which the Arab Spring may become an anti-Christian spring is something which bothers me a great deal. And I would certainly have the State Department intervening on behalf of the [...] Christians, who are being persecuted under the new system, having their churches burned, having people killed. And I'd be pretty insistent that we are not gonna be supportive of a regime, which is explicitly hostile to-- to religions other than Islam.
  • November 12, 2011
    Yes. Torture is illegal. And by our laws. It's illegal by international laws. [...] There's no evidence that you really get reliable evidence. Why would you accept the position of torturing 100 people because you know one person might have information? And that's what you do when you accept the principal of torture. I think it's uncivilized and has no practical advantages and is really un-American to accept on principal [sic] that we will torture people that we capture.
  • November 12, 2011
    My foreign policy's pretty straightforward. I would be guided by an overwhelming conviction that this century must be an American century where America has the strongest values, the strongest economy, and the strongest military. An American century means the century where America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world. We have a president right now who thinks America's just another nation. America is an exceptional nation. We have a president who thinks that the way to...
  • November 12, 2011
    If you engage in war against the United States, you are an enemy combatant. You have none of the civil liberties of the United States. You cannot go to court. Let me be very clear about this. There are two levels. There's a huge gap here that frankly far too many people get confused over. Civil defense, criminal defense, is a function of being within the American law. Waging war on the United States is outside criminal law. It is an act of war and should be dealt with as an act of war. And...
  • November 12, 2011
    We have to use enhanced interrogation techniques, all enhanced interrogation techniques. It has been proven to be successful in gathering information. It was critical for us in the war against terror. And we need to continue that operation. And using civilian courts is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. The civilian courts are given to people who have rights under our constitution. People who have attacked our country and are foreign combatants do not have those rights. Our country...
  • June 24, 2012
    Today we’re simply reminded as we look back over our history and we look back over our freedom, that there are some things worth standing for. There’s some things worth getting up for, and religious liberty is one of them. My brothers and sisters, we simply need to stand.
  • June 21, 2012
    Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not vote for a well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, virtually the same as the 17% who held this attitude in 1967.
  • November 22, 2011
    We are not fighting a war on terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic. We're fighting a war against radical Islam. And what radical Islam is telling, all of the radical Islamist leaders are saying is that just wait America out, America is weak, they will not stand for the fight [...].
  • November 29, 2011
    BAIER: Do you think your faith will hurt you in this primary election, and what do you think the biggest misconception about your faith is?

    ROMNEY: I think it may have some impact among a narrow group of individuals, but by and large, I don't think it will make the decision. Biggest misconception is the name of our church. It's the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  • June 21, 2012
    We need pastors, not politicians. Their political antics are hurting the church.
  • June 21, 2012
    Politics and the courts are important. But our religious freedom ultimately depends on the vividness of our own Christian faith—in other words, how deeply we believe it and how honestly we live it. Religious liberty is an empty shell if the spiritual core of a people is weak. Or to put it more bluntly, if people don’t believe in God, religious liberty isn’t a value. That’s the heart of the matter. It’s the reason Pope Benedict calls us to a Year of Faith this October. The worst enemies...
  • June 18, 2012
    Besides the HHS mandate on contraceptive coverage, these threats [to religious freedom] also include state immigration laws that make it a crime to assist undocumented workers, laws seeking to entangle the state in Church structure and governance, laws that force Catholic foster care and adoption services out of business, and discriminatory policies against small church congregations and Catholic humanitarian services.
  • June 17, 2012
    [T]he Obama administration’s requirement to provide health insurance that covers contraception does not prevent Catholics from practicing their religion. Catholicism does not oblige its adherents to run hospitals and universities. [...] Of course, the Catholic Church would be understandably reluctant to give up its extensive networks of hospitals and universities. My guess is that, before doing so, they would come to see the provision of health-insurance coverage for contraception as...
  • February 2, 2011
    [Obama's mother, Ann Dunham] was somebody who was instinctively guided by the Golden Rule and who nagged me constantly about the homespun values of her Kansas upbringing, values like honesty and hard work and kindness and fair play. And it’s because of her that I came to understand the equal worth of all men and all women, and the imperatives of an ethical life and the necessity to act on your beliefs. And it’s because of her example and guidance that despite the absence of a formal religious...
  • June 16, 2012
    The decision by the Obama administration to attack our first freedom, religious freedom, is one which I think a lot of people were shocked to see.
  • February 2, 2011
    It was through that experience working with pastors and laypeople trying to heal the wounds of hurting neighborhoods that I came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace Him as my lord and savior.
  • February 2, 2011
    And let me tell you, these past two years, they have deepened my faith. The presidency has a funny way of making a person feel the need to pray.
  • February 2, 2011
    When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins, and look after my family and the American people, and make me an instrument of His will.
  • February 10, 2011
    My Christian faith has been sustaining for me over the last couple of years and even more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time. We are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but that we are true to our conscience and true to our God.
  • June 15, 2012
    It is imperative for the Administration to abandon the narrow definition of 'religious employer' and instead use an expanded definition to exempt from the contraceptive mandate not only churches, but also Catholic hospitals, health care organizations and other ministries of the Church. To make this distinction is to create a false dichotomy between the Catholic Church and the ministries through which the Church lives out the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • May 19, 2011
    So we face an historic opportunity. We have embraced the chance to show that America values the dignity of the street vendor in Tunisia more than the raw power of the dictator. [...] We can -- and will -- speak out for a set of core principles -- principles that have guided our response to the events over the past six months: The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region. We support a set of universal rights. [...] We support political and...
  • January 3, 2012
    If we have someone who can go out [...] and appeal to the voters that have been left behind by a Democratic Party that wants to make them dependent instead of valuing their work, we will win this election. Those are the same people that President Obama talked about who cling to their guns and their Bibles.They share our values about faith and family. [...] They understand when families aren’t there to instill values into their children and into their neighbors as Little League coaches, as...
  • January 3, 2012
    God has given us this great country to allow his people — to allow his people to be free, has given us that dignity because we are a creation of his, and we need to honor that creation. And whether it’s the sanctity of life in the womb or the dignity of every working person in America to fulfill their potential, you will have a friend in Rick Santorum.
  • January 3, 2012
    The right course for America economically, personally, morally is for America to restore the principles that made us the shining city on the hill, our conviction that freedom is a gift of God, our recognition that America as a merit society where people, based upon their education, their -- their hard work, their risk-taking, their dreams can lift themselves and lift people around them and lift our entire nation. That’s what we need to restore in this country.
  • January 1, 2012
    My faith is a deeply private issue to me, and I don’t speak on it in great detail during my speeches because I want to avoid any appearance of exploiting it for political gain. Let me be very clear here: I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I endeavor every day to follow Him in all I do and in every position I advocate. It is God Who gave us life. As He is free, so are those He created in His image. Our rights to life and liberty are inalienable. [...] Like those who were...
  • December 29, 2011
    HUFFINGTON POST: Lastly, George Bush was asked -- he was very public about his faith -- he was asked from time to time, "What do you do to keep yourself spiritually grounded and centered on a daily routine sort of thing?" And he would talk about reading the Bible and praying on a regular basis. What do you do -- anything like that, similarly on a daily basis -- to keep yourself centered, whether it's reading or prayer or anything like that?

    ROMNEY: [...] I read Scripture regularly and seek...
  • January 8, 2012
    This for me, politics is not a career. For me, my career was being in business and starting a business and making it successful. My life’s passion has been my family, my faith, and my country.
  • January 7, 2012
    [...T]his decision about what we call marriage, has consequence which goes far beyond a loving couple wanting to form a long-term relationship. That they can do within the law now. Calling it a marriage, creates a whole host of problems for families, for the law, for the practice of religion, for education. Let me say this, 3,000 years of human history shouldn’t be discarded so quickly.
  • January 7, 2012
    I just want to raise a point about the news media bias. [...] Should the Catholic Church find itself discriminated against by the Obama administration on key delivery of services because of the bias and the bigotry of the administration? The bigotry question goes both ways. And there’s a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concerning the other side. And none of it gets covered by the news media.
  • January 7, 2012
    [...Y]ou make that decision [to leave Afghanistan] based on an analysis of understanding how virulent the threat of radical Islam is. And you confront that threat not just militarily, and importantly not just militarily. You confront it first by being honest with the American public about what this threat is. This president has sanitized every defense document, everything. [...T]he word radical Islam doesn’t appear anywhere.
  • January 16, 2012
    Well, obviously when you have a country [Turkey] that is being ruled by, what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists, when you start seeing that type of activity against their own citizens, then yes. Not only is it time for us to have a conversation about whether or not they belong to be in NATO, but it’s time for the United States, when we look at their foreign aid, to go to zero with it. [...] And we need to send a powerful message to countries like Iran, and Syria and Turkey that the...
  • January 16, 2012
    You know, the issue where I change my mind, which obviously draws a lot of attention was that when I was running for governor, I said I would leave the law in place as it related to abortion. And I thought I could go in that narrow path between my personal belief and letting government stay out of the issue. Then a piece of legislation came to my desk and it said we would begin to create embryos for the purpose of destroying those embryos, and I said I simply couldn’t sign something like...
  • January 24, 2012
    How this incredible transformation [i.e. the Arab Spring] will end remains uncertain. [...] And while it is ultimately up to the people of the region to decide their fate, we will advocate for those values that have served our own country so well. We will stand against violence and intimidation. We will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings – men and women; Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
  • January 16, 2012
    I’ve always opposed gay marriage. I believe that we should provide equal rights to people regardless of their sexual orientation but I do not believe that marriage should be between two people of the same gender.
  • January 19, 2012
    I am a Christian, too. And I thank God for forgiveness. [...] And what I say is that this country is a very forgiving country. This country understands that we are all fallen and I'm very hopeful that we will be judged by that standard and not by a higher one on the ultimate day.
  • June 13, 2012
    Most bishops don't want to be the Republican Party at prayer, but their alarmist rhetoric and consistent antagonism toward the Obama administration often convey that impression.
  • June 13, 2012
    [The] victory belongs to the people of North Dakota who stood up for religious freedom by defeating the divisive Measure 3. This ballot measure could have allowed discrimination and health-care refusals and tied up the state in costly legal battles. The message to anti-choice groups is clear: voters are tired of your divisive attacks that undermine the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy.
  • June 10, 2012
    Obama remains the favorite of Jewish voters but appears to be running a bit weaker among them than he did in 2008, given the 10-point drop in Jewish support for him compared with a five-point drop among all voters.
  • June 9, 2012
    It’s important, of course, for bishops to be teachers and leaders. [But] it is crucial for lay men and women, mothers and fathers of families, lay leaders in all walks of life to advocate for freedom and justice in our society. Without those voices and without the involvement of the laity, we just won’t get very far. In the Church’s understanding, it is the laity who are the ones that bring about the just and tranquil society. It is the laity who are the forefront of creating what Pope Paul...
  • January 26, 2012
    Well, my religious beliefs wouldn't affect [my presidency]. My religious beliefs affect my character in the way I treat people and the way I live. The only thing that would affect me in the way I operate as a president or a congressman is my oath of office and my promises that I've made to the people.
  • January 26, 2012
    I concur with [Ron Paul's statement on religion influencing character]. I would also seek the guidance of providence in making critical decisions.
  • January 26, 2012
    I think anyone who is president is faced with decisions so enormous that they should go to God. They should seek guidance. [...] [Religion] is inextricably tied in with how you behave.
  • January 26, 2012
    Faith is a very, very important part of my life, but it's a very, very important part of this country. [...] I believe in faith and reason and approaching the problems of this country but understand where those rights come from, who we are as Americans and the foundational principles by which we have changed the world.
  • January 26, 2012
    [Freedom is] a God-given right. And it is our responsibility to help share the gift of freedom with people throughout the world that are seeking it.
  • June 8, 2012
    We honor the legitimate rule of government but we must always remember to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s! ‘The desire to dominate is the temptation of every government!’ But the fundamental duty of government is to secure and protect the right to freedom of religion.
  • December 16, 2011
    Like so many ethnic groups, Jews faced prejudice, and sometimes violence, as they sought their piece of the American Dream. But here, Jews finally found a place where their faith was protected; where hard work and responsibility paid off; where no matter who you were or where you came from, you could make it if you tried. Here in America, you really could build a better life for your children.
  • January 26, 2012
    Ours is a nation which is based upon Judeo- Christian values and ethics. Our law is based upon those values and ethics. [...] The conviction that the founders, when they wrote the Declaration of Independence, were writing a document that was not just temporary and not just for one small locale but really something which described the relationship between God and man - that's something which I think a president would carry in his heart.
  • May 1, 2011
    As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not—and never will be—at war with Islam. I've made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.
  • January 11, 2012
    Service to others. Compassion to all. Treating others as we wish ourselves to be treated. Those values aren’t just at the center of Christianity; those are values that are shared by all faiths.
  • February 3, 2012
    It is a prerequisite to the preservation of our liberty that our government not dictate to religious institutions the principles by which they are to carry out their charitable and divine mission. Religious liberty and freedom of conscience flow from the common conviction that it is freedom not coercion that exalts the individual, just as it raises up the nation.
  • February 2, 2012
    I thought about my own spiritual journey - growing up in a household that wasn’t particularly religious; going through my own period of doubt and confusion; finding Christ when I wasn’t even looking for him so many years ago; possessing so many shortcomings that have been overcome by the simple grace of God. [...] I have fallen on my knees with great regularity [...] asking God for guidance not just in my personal life and my Christian walk, but in the life of this nation and in the values...
  • February 2, 2012
    And when I decide to stand up for foreign aid, or prevent atrocities in places like Uganda, or take on issues like human trafficking, it’s not just about strengthening alliances, or promoting democratic values, or projecting American leadership around the world, although it does all those things and it will make us safer and more secure. It’s also about the biblical call to care for the least of these – for the poor; for those at the margins of our society.
  • February 2, 2012
    Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old. They can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers. And they are values that have always made this country great [...]. And they’re the ones that have defined my own faith journey. And today, with as many challenges as we...
  • February 2, 2012
    I wake up each morning and I say a brief prayer, and I spend a little time in scripture and devotion. And from time to time, friends of mine [...] will come by the Oval Office or they’ll call on the phone or they’ll send me a email, and we’ll pray together, and they’ll pray for me and my family, and for our country. But I don’t stop there. I’d be remiss if I stopped there; if my values were limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends. So instead, I...
  • May 25, 2012
    That's an odd thing since the very people who now condemn so many evangelical Christians and faithful Catholics for speaking publicly about their faith and acting publicly on their faith in the public square, would be the first to praise Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders who were people of faith, who acting on their religiously inspired convictions went out into the public square and advocated for justice and the common good.
  • February 2, 2012
    We know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone can’t dictate our response to every challenge we face. But in my moments of prayer, I’m reminded that faith and values play an enormous role in motivating us to solve some of our most urgent problems, in keeping us going when we suffer setbacks, and opening our minds and our hearts to the needs of others.
  • February 3, 2012
    I will eliminate the Obama administration rule that compels religious institutions to violate the tenets of their own faith. Such rules don't belong in the America that I believe in. The America I believe in is governed by the U.S. Constitution and I will not hesitate to use the powers of the presidency to protect religious liberty.
  • February 8, 2012
    To actually do anything [about abortion], then you were a theocrat. You were the pastor-in-chief. You are this radical that wants to try to force your views on everybody else and try to moralize everybody. All you’re doing is standing up for the dignity of every human life, but that doesn’t matter.
  • February 10, 2012
    [The contraception mandate] is an issue where people of goodwill on both sides of the debate have been sorting through some very complicated questions to find a solution that works for everyone. With today’s announcement, we've done that. Religious liberty will be protected, and a law that requires free preventive care will not discriminate against women.
  • June 5, 2012
    First of all, … I want to thank God for His abundant grace. Next, I particularly want to thank not only all of you here, but people all across the state. I want to thank you for your prayers. [...] The election is over. It's time to move Wisconsin forward. Tomorrow we are all Wisconsinites.
  • February 10, 2012
    My presidency will be a pro-life presidency. [...] I will reverse every single Obama regulation that attacks our religious liberty and threatens innocent life in this country.
  • February 10, 2012
    Two hours after the inaugural address I will begin signing executive orders and presidential findings. All of them will have been published by October 1st. [...W]e will have an executive order to repeal every act of religious bigotry by the Obama administration, period.
  • February 10, 2012
    This country was founded by people who came here in order to avoid religious persecution. A very basis of this country was religious liberty. Our core document says we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights. And Barack Obama seeks to cut across those. And I, frankly, don't care what deal he tries to cut, this is a man who is deeply committed: if he wins reelection, he will wage war on the Catholic Church the morning after he's reelected. We cannot trust him, we know who he...
  • February 14, 2012
    When the government gives you rights, not God, but government, when the government goes around saying we're going to give you the right to health care, they can tell you how to exercise that right because now they own you.
  • February 14, 2012
    I think it's scandalous. Not only objectionable, it's scandalous. [...] I wonder if as a candidate for the presidency Mitt Romney is aware of what his church is doing. I hope that if he hears about this that he will speak up.
  • February 15, 2012
    The benefits or drawbacks of birth control are not the issue. The issue is whether government may force private employers and private citizens to violate their moral codes simply by operating their businesses or paying their taxes.
  • February 15, 2012
    How do I feel about the issue of contraception? It should be available. I object to [it] when the federal government says that religious organizations who feel the way the Catholic Church feels should be required to provide it. I think that's an infringement upon their religious liberties.
  • February 19, 2012
    I accept the fact that the president is a Christian. I just said that when you have a worldview that elevates the Earth above man and says that we can't take those resources because we're going to harm the Earth; by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven, for example, the politicization of the whole global warming debate - this is all an attempt to, you know, to centralize power and to give more power to the government. It's not questioning the president's beliefs in...
  • February 18, 2012
    It's not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible - a different theology.
  • February 21, 2012
    [I am] not going to question the president and what the president believes in when it comes to his faith. But I am going to question what he is doing in this country.
  • February 20, 2012
    You can see why [the Obama administration doesn't] stand up for religious liberties. It's pretty obvious that they don't think religious liberties are particularly a high priority. When you have the president of the United States referring to the freedom of religion and you have the secretary of State referring to the freedom of religion, not as the freedom of religion but the freedom of worship, you should get very nervous, very nervous.
  • February 20, 2012
    There's a lot of tyrants around the world who will talk about freedom of worship, but they won't talk about freedom of religion. Freedom of worship is what you do within the four walls of the church. Freedom of religion is what you do outside the four walls of the church. What the president is now seeming to mold, in the image of other elitists who think that they know best, is to limit the role of faith in the public square and your role to live that faith out in your public and private...
  • May 22, 2012
    I am concerned that in addressing the H.H.S. mandate that it be clear that what we are dealing with is a matter of religious liberty and the intrusion of government into the church and that it not be perceived as a woman’s issue or a contraceptive issue. I think there are different groups that are trying to co-opt this and make it into a political issue, and that’s why we need to have a deeper discussion as bishops.
  • February 22, 2012
    Unfortunately, possibly because of the people the president hangs around with, and their agenda, their secular agenda - they have fought against religion.
  • February 22, 2012
    But sort of along the line of the [contraception] pills creating immorality, I don't see it that way. I think the immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pills. So you don't blame the pills.
  • February 22, 2012
    I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we've seen under Barack Obama.
  • February 22, 2012
    The bottom line is we have a problem in this country, and the family is fracturing. Over 40 percent of children born in America are born out of wedlock. [...] [W]e hear this all the time: cut spending, limit the government, everything will be fine. No, everything's not going to be fine. There are bigger problems at stake in America. And someone has got to go out there - I will - and talk about the things.
  • February 26, 2012
    I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.
  • February 26, 2012
    To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up.
  • February 28, 2012
    [Kennedy said] that his first duty as president would be to do the job of president, and I think that’s correct.
  • February 29, 2012
    I wish that I had that particular line back.
  • March 1, 2012
    Pro-life, pro-right to work, guided by faith and principle. Ron Paul, the one who will restore American now.
  • March 1, 2012
    [President Obama's] personal faith is none of my concern. What is my concern is the values he's trying to impose on people of faith. And that's exactly what he did with respect to this HHS regulation.
  • March 1, 2012
    You’ll notice the President Obama is very quick to apologize for Islam while he attacks the Catholic church. [...] This is the most anti-religious administration in American history. And you have my commitment that on the very first day I will issue an executive order that turns over every single anti-religious act of Barack Obama.
  • February 29, 2012
    It breaks my heart to think about families at the margin when gasoline prices go up like they are, when health care costs go up like they have, when food prices go up. This is a family crisis going on in America, and I think I can help.
  • February 29, 2012
    I also care about the community at large and the nation of America and the people of our nation. [... My work as a Mormon lay pastor] took about 20, 30, 40 hours a week in some weeks. So besides my regular job, I was pastoring people in my congregation – and people of different backgrounds, different nationalities and different circumstances of life.
  • March 5, 2012
    The national media, and yes the left, and yes even some within our own party, have suggested that oh, you just can't talk about [family values]. You just have to be the party of tax cuts. Ladies and gentlemen, if we're just the party of tax cuts, we'll never win another election. America cares about more than just lower taxes.
  • March 4, 2012
    The United States and Israel share interests, but we also share those human values that Shimon [Peres] spoke about: A commitment to human dignity. A belief that freedom is a right that is given to all of God’s children. An experience that shows us that democracy is the one and only form of government that can truly respond to the aspirations of citizens. [...] Yes, we [Americans] are bound to Israel because of the interests that we share -- in security for our communities, prosperity for our...
  • March 6, 2012
    I wanted to come off the campaign trail to come here [to AIPAC] because one of the reasons I decided to run for president is because of the grave concern I have about the security of our country and the leadership of our country in the face of a existential threat to not just the state of Israel. But an existential threat to freedom loving people throughout the world, which is what Iran is.
  • March 6, 2012
    We need a fundamental reassessment of our entire understanding of the threat of radical Islam. We need an administration with the courage to use the words "radical Islam." [...] We need to be clear that the teaching of hatred, the recruitment of martyrs, the anticipation that children will grow up to be martyrs are not patterns compatible with a peace process.
  • March 7, 2012
    The nomination is an impossibility for Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich. As you can tell, all we [in the Romney campaign] have to do is keep doing what we’re doing and we can get to the nomination. For those guys it’s going to take some sort of act of God to get to where they need to be on the nomination front.
  • March 10, 2012
    Look at the new show that's on that has the word 'Christian' in it, and I want you to take the exact name, drop out Christian and put in 'Muslim.' And ask yourself is there any network that would have dared to run a show like that and you know the answer is not a one [...] Anti-Christian bigotry is just fine in the entertainment industry but they have to be very protective of Islam.
  • March 12, 2012
    All of a sudden, if you’re instilling faith and teaching them about God in your home, you’re a Madrassa, according to these folks, as if reason doesn’t take place in these homes. Our children will out-reason him. My 12-year-old will out-reason Bill Maher when it comes to understanding how logic works, ’cause (Maher) is completely illogical.
  • March 13, 2012
    The most common thing I hear from people, and I know I'm not alone, is people come up and say, "I'm praying for you". I just want to thank you for that.
  • March 13, 2012
    You stood with a guy [...] you knew, shared your values, and was going to go out and work for you to make sure this country was free and safe and prosperous based on believing in free people and free markets and the free economy and, of course, the integrity of the family and the centrality of faith in our lives.
  • January 24, 2012
    But to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, our commitment to skills and education has to start earlier. [...] We know a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000. A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. Every person in this chamber can point to a teacher who changed the trajectory of their lives.
  • January 24, 2012
    Higher education can’t be a luxury – it is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.
  • January 24, 2012
    I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.
  • January 24, 2012
    We don’t begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich.
  • March 14, 2012
    We have a real series of challenges. We have a deeper challenge, which you know in Springfield, which we know in Sacramento, we know in Albany, and that is that the systems of governance that we’ve inherited are decaying -- that we now have interest groups so powerful that democracy is simply a shadow of them floating on top of the power of the interest groups.
  • March 13, 2012
    I find this very puzzling, because my first job, my first real job out of college, was working with churches in low-income communities, trying to make sure that the social gospel was made real, that people were getting help.
  • March 18, 2012
    One of the great blessings I’ve had in every political campaign is people underestimate me, people underestimate what God can do.
  • March 17, 2012
    CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Growing up, your brother Dan told us earlier this year, your family was Catholic, but not nearly as devout as you are now. Can you talk about a particular experience or when that faith really started growing?

    SANTORUM: When I got married and started having kids. I sensed a sharpening to what is important in life. Faith was always a part of my life. But really until I met my wife and once we started walking that journey together, I definitely elevated the importance of...
  • March 19, 2012
    America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.
  • March 16, 2012
    Appeasing radical Islam whole while crushing Christianity and Judaism strikes me as exactly what’s wrong in America today.
  • December 1, 2010
    Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in…The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old.
  • March 18, 2012
    I don't care what the liberals say, I don't care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation...There is only one God and his name is Jesus. I'm tired of people telling me that I can't say those words. [...] If you don't love America, If you don't like the way we do things I have one thing to say - GET OUT. We don't worship Buddha, we don't worship Mohammad, we don't worship Allah, we worship God, we worship God's son Jesus Christ.
  • March 20, 2012
    The bottom line is that we do well among people who take their faith seriously, and as you know, just like some Protestants are not churchgoing, they are folks who identify with a particular religion but don't necessarily practice that from the standpoint of going to church and the like.
  • March 21, 2012
    It was a great blessing to me. It changed my life. I feel very grateful that God blessed me with those people in my life that led me on that journey.
  • March 22, 2012
    You know, that is such total baloney. I was asked by a reporter immediately afterwards. I said of course I accept that he’s a Christian. The guy didn’t ask me a question. The guy got up and stated his opinion. I don’t have an obligation to go around and correct every single voter about every single topic. I also didn’t agree with him.
  • March 23, 2012
    It should bother the president. Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he is a Muslim]? You have to ask, why would they believe that? It's not because they're stupid. It's because they watch the kind of things I just described to you. When you have every bishop in the Catholic Church say this administration's at war with their religion, you don't think that has an impact?
  • March 26, 2012
    Every single American of every background is endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We should be concerned about any young American of any background who ends up getting killed [as Trayvon Martin was].
  • March 23, 2012
    All of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.
  • March 27, 2012
    [...] President Obama appears determined to ingratiate himself with the Kremlin. [...] An outstanding example is the personal phone call that Barack Obama made to Vladimir Putin from Air Force One congratulating the Russian leader on his election as Russia's next president. The call followed a declaration from the State Department that "the United States congratulates the Russian people on the completion of the Presidential elections." Given that the Russian elections were widely seen to have...
  • March 28, 2012
    I think there would be a drift in the administration that this is a good issue and if we can divide the Catholic community because it's already divided [on the issue of contraception...]. All right. But we can't back down from this fight because it's about religious freedom.
  • March 29, 2012
    [Romney] put a mandate on Catholic hospitals, under 'Romneycare,' that they had to provide the morning-after pill, which as you know is an abortifacient. He also provided $50 abortions — subsidized abortions. And for low-income individuals, free abortions. Under Romneycare — exactly what President Obama is doing.
  • March 29, 2012
    In the Senate, Rick Santorum voted for Planned Parenthood.
  • March 30, 2012
    Our Christian faith is everything to us. It's so important to pick a leader who comes to the table with strong Christian principles. [...] [H]e's not going to make people do things they don't want to do.
  • April 2, 2012
    ROMNEY: I’m sorry, we’re just not going to have a discussion about religion in my view. But if you have a question, I’ll be happy to answer your question.

    BRET HATCH: If you become president, do you believe it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?

    ROMNEY: No. Next question. [...] This gentleman wanted to talk about the doctrines of my religion. I’ll talk about the practices of my faith.
  • March 31, 2012
    This is a historic cultural fight for the very survival of American civilization. [...] We need an administration which actually thinks religious liberty includes Christians and Jews.
  • April 4, 2012
    We all have experiences that shake our faith. There are times where we have questions for God’s plan relative to us but that’s precisely when we should remember Christ’s own doubts and eventually his own triumph.
  • April 3, 2012
    You watch, [the Obama campaign is] going to throw the Mormon church at him like you can't believe.
  • April 4, 2012
    That suggestion is utter nonsense. Let’s remember that President Obama has had so many things hurled at him – birth certificate questions, whether he is or is not a Christian. For them to suggest that religion will be injected [into the election] by President Obama and the Democratic Party, I mean, I think they need to take a look inward at the accusations that [the Republican] party and their supporters have hurled before they take that step.
  • April 8, 2012
    We need an approach trying to stand up very firmly for religious liberty. The assault on the Catholic Church is very real and it's not just the Catholic Church. [...] I think you have a platform that says flatly that the government should not force its values on any religious institution. I think that's a very key part of this. I was at a Baptist school, not a Catholic school, Louisiana College, and the president said they are right to life institutions and the Obamacare is imposing, they...
  • April 4, 2012
    We have the first Mormon Republican nominee, if everything gets formalized, in the country's history. I mean, that's a huge moment for religious tolerance in the country. But I think it's an issue, I mean, I think a lot of people have questions about the Mormon faith. There's a lot of ignorance about the Mormon faith. And let's be honest, this is the core of who Mitt Romney is. [...] It's the core of who he is, and yet he doesn't feel like it's safe to talk about. We – I've seen some polling...
  • April 8, 2012
    [The Catholic Church] didn’t ask for the fight [about an insurance mandate for contraception coverage], but we’re not going to back away from it. [...] You've got a dramatic, radical intrusion of a government bureaucracy into the internal life of the Church. Our problem is the government is intruding into the life of faith in the church that they shouldn't be doing.
  • April 8, 2012
    I certainly believe in the separation of church and state. I do not believe in the separation of faith and politics. Everybody has a world view. So we’re saying that only those with religious world views aren’t welcome at the table?
  • April 10, 2012
    To me, the [Catholic] principle of subsidiarity, which is really federalism, meaning government closest to the people governs best, having a civil society of the principal of solidarity where we, through our civic organizations, through our churches, through our charities, through all of our different groups where we interact with people as a community, that’s how we advance the common good. By not having big government crowd out civic society, but by having enough space in our communities so...
  • April 10, 2012
    If you go down the list of sort of the life, marriage, social conservative issues, we were all pretty much in line, yet I was considered the extremist, which I found very interesting [...] In a sense, all the candidates on the dias were social conservatives, but I was considered the social conservative candidate because I was the only one on the dias who actually tried to do anything.
  • April 8, 2012
    I think politics [...] only benefits when religion, when morals, when faith has a place there. I think [...] the public square in the United States is always enriched whenever people approach it, when they're inspired by their deepest held convictions.
  • April 11, 2012
    The fact that we don’t believe that Mormonism is a Christian faith doesn’t mean we would not vote for someone who is Mormon, if they are pro-life. Romney’s biggest problem with evangelicals has been that he hasn’t been Mormon enough. If he had always held his positions on abortion on marriage that his faith holds, there would be far fewer doubts about him.
  • April 12, 2012
    They ask me if I'm going to quit. I thought we were just getting started. We have a revolution to fight, a country to change. [...] People ask, "When are you going to drop out?" When nobody wants to support the cause of liberty. There's a lot of people who care about freedom ... so we will keep going until we have victory.
  • April 12, 2012
    After Santorum, Ron Paul is the most God-fearing presidential candidate [and] the Republican Party should endorse him. [...] If Republicans don't give a Christian candidate, Christians should look elsewhere — even to a third party.
  • April 11, 2012
    What matters for the vast majority of voters is shared values. In Mitt Romney they have a candidate who believes in faith, patriotism, hard work, and sacrifice. All they have to do is look at his family and how he lives his life.
  • April 16, 2012
    As the Obama campaign makes the case that Romney is somehow weird, different some supporters of Romney will say that that is a dog whistle, that is a way to come near the religion issue. The Obama campaign will tell you they’re not going to touch it, they don’t poll on it, they don’t talk about it in focus groups because they know that it would blow up if they did and that got public.
  • April 16, 2012
    Simply put, [Paul Ryan's] budget is morally indefensible and betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation, and a commitment to the common good. A budget that turns its back on the hungry, the elderly, and the sick while giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest few can't be justified in Christian terms.
  • April 16, 2012
    There was a show called, ‘I've Got A Secret.’ Increasingly, I think that would be the appropriate title for the Romney campaign. There are central issues, but this is a disturbing one and it goes to that question of, like, ‘Who is this guy? What does he stand for? What does he believe? What do we know about him?’
  • April 16, 2012
    The bishops’ conference urges you to resist significant cuts to both domestic and international food aid and conservation and rural development programs. Major reductions at this time of economic turmoil and rising poverty will hurt hungry, poor, and vulnerable people in our nation and around the world. [...] A just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons; it requires shared sacrifice by all.
  • April 19, 2012
    Bishops who chair USCCB committees are elected by their fellow bishops to represent all of the U.S. bishops on key issues at the national level. The letters on the budget were written by bishops serving in this capacity.
  • April 19, 2012
    [Romney's] family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy. [....Women are] not great fans of polygamy, 86 percent were not great fans of polygamy. I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of [the] polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico.
  • April 20, 2012
    My dad’s dad was not a polygamist. My dad grew up in a family with a mom and a dad and a few brothers and one sister. They lived in Mexico and lived a very nice life there from what I understand and then when he was, I think five or six years old there was a revolution in Mexico. They escaped. [...] My dad had a very tough upbringing.
  • April 24, 2012
    I don't recall there were ever any accusations that [Romney] took marching orders from Salt Lake City when he was governor of Massachusetts. The notion that he will take orders from Salt Lake City or that religion will specifically shape his policies or he'll do the bidding of the church is absurd.
  • April 23, 2012
    "Never again" is a challenge to defend the fundamental right of free people and free nations to exist in peace and security -- and that includes the State of Israel. [...] So when efforts are made to equate Zionism to racism, we reject them. When international fora single out Israel with unfair resolutions, we vote against them. When attempts are made to delegitimize the state of Israel, we oppose them. When faced with a regime that threatens global security and denies the Holocaust and...
  • April 24, 2012
    In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.
  • April 24, 2012
    When I hear Mitt Romney say that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God–that he's the Christ, raised from the dead, that he's his Savior–that's good enough for me. [...] Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ.
  • April 25, 2012
    After Barack Hussein Obama suddenly cast-off his Muslim roots, rejected his mother’s disbelief in God, turned tail on the Islam of his early life and converted to Christianity – BLAM – he’s elected President. [...] I don’t know how or when it happened, whether when he was partying at college or five minutes before he first decided to run for office, but it doesn’t matter – he came to Christ and he is my brother.
  • April 26, 2012
    The work I do as a Catholic holding office conforms to the social doctrine as best I can make of it. What I have to say about the social doctrine of the Church is from the viewpoint of a Catholic in politics applying my understanding to the problems of the day. Serious problems like those we face today require charitable conversation. Civil public dialogue goes to the heart of solidarity, the virtue that does not divide society into classes and groups but builds up the common good of all....
  • April 25, 2012
    Very religious voters, who say religion is a key part of daily life and who attend a house of worship almost every week or more often, account for 41% of voters and back Romney over Obama by 54% to 37%, Gallup found. Nonreligious voters, who make up about a third of the electorate, support Obama over Romney by 61% to 30%.
  • April 27, 2012
    It's getting ugly out there. There are a lot of Christians who are using their faith as a political weapon, which it's never meant to be.
  • May 3, 2012
    Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country, and the world. On this National Day of Prayer, we give thanks for our democracy that respects the beliefs and protects the religious freedom of all people to pray, worship, or abstain according to the dictates of their conscience.
  • May 22, 2012
    It’s not that Romney is a religious man. It’s not that he’s a church leader. It’s not that he is open with his faith. It is that his Mormon faith, in particular, makes many people uneasy. And that unease has political consequences. [...] Our findings suggest that the type of campaign messaging that can sway voters away from supporting Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon will be difficult to counter.
  • May 9, 2012
    In the end the values that I care most deeply about and [the First Lady] cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to...
  • May 9, 2012
    I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient. I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth. [...] I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
  • May 7, 2012
    I happen to believe that the Constitution was not just brilliant, but probably inspired. I believe the same thing about the Declaration of Independence.
  • May 4, 2012
    You can’t cherry-pick the worst aspects of a religion and then hold every member of that religion solely responsible for it.
  • May 4, 2012
    Romney’s problem on homosexuality: I’m more Mormon than he is. LDS: gay sex is ‘offensive to God.’ I agree, Mitt doesn’t.
  • May 6, 2012
    I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.
  • May 21, 2012
    The First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom, however, was not meant to protect merely the right to worship, but also the right to contribute the fruits of our faith to the common good. And until now, our government had chosen to honor that guarantee. Never before has the government contested that institutions like Archbishop Carroll High School or Catholic University are religious. Who would? But HHS’s conception of what constitutes the practice of religion is so narrow that even...
  • May 10, 2012
    My religion has, compels me--and I love it for it--to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider [the ban on gay marriage] a form of discrimination. I think it’s unconstitutional on top of that. [...] So I think that yesterday was a great day for America because the president in a very personal, as well as presidential way, made history, and hopefully this will bring people together on the issue.
  • August 16, 2012
    It is not for the bishop or priests to endorse particular candidates or political parties. [...] It is the role of bishops and priests to teach principles of our faith, such that those who seek elected offices, if they are Catholics, are to form their consciences according to these principles about particular policy issues. [...] Making decisions as to the best political strategies, the best policy means, to achieve a goal, is the mission of lay people, not bishops or priests. [...] Thus, it...
  • August 21, 2012
    First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: That I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control—and my main responsibility is to love God with all of my heart, soul, and mind, and to love my neighbor as myself. Now, I don’t always live up to that standard, but it is a standard I am always pursuing. [...] I try to make sure that my faith informs how I live my life. As a husband, as a father, and as president,...
  • August 21, 2012
    A political leader’s faith can tell us a great deal or nothing. So much depends on what lies behind that faith. And so much depends on deeds, not words. Perhaps the most important question to ask a person of faith who seeks a political office is whether he or she shares these American values: the equality of humankind, the obligation to serve one another, and a steadfast commitment to liberty. They are not unique to any one denomination. They belong to the great moral inheritance we hold in...
  • August 21, 2012
    [...T]wo clear aspects of the role of faith in public life come to mind immediately. First, faith has always provided a moral framework and vocabulary for this country to come to terms with its most pressing challenges. One of the great things about this nation is that it is a place where people from all walks of life can advocate on behalf of their faith and beliefs and be open about what drives and motivates them. From slavery to the suffrage movement to civil rights, faith—and the moral...
  • August 21, 2012
    We should acknowledge the Creator, as did the Founders—in ceremony and word. He should remain on our currency, in our pledge, in the teaching of our history, and during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places. Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our Constitution rests.
  • August 21, 2012
    The constitutional principle of a separation between church and state has served our nation well since our founding— embraced by people of faith and those of no faith at all throughout our history— and it has been paramount in our work [through the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. ...P]artnerships are a two-way street. Faith communities often know their cities better than most anyone else. They also have an institutional memory and history of service that we have and can...
  • August 21, 2012
    As governor of Massachusetts, I worked hard to promote faith-based social-service organizations, and I appointed my wife, Ann, to lead my efforts. Clearly the boundaries between church and state must be respected, but there is a large space in which faith-based organizations can do good for the community in which they serve. In recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any...
  • August 21, 2012
    I believe that while we are a country with so many differences in creed and theology, we can all meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common worldview.
  • August 21, 2012
    Faith lets us know that there’s something bigger than ourselves, and that requires a certain basic commitment to one another. This country has a rich tradition of seeking to create an environment where people of different beliefs can live together and share common goals. As Americans, I think we understand that—in protecting our ability to advocate for our own positions—we must protect the ability of those who come from different backgrounds and beliefs to do so as well. Faith demands that we...
  • August 21, 2012
    The two men's differences came out most starkly when they were asked about the role of religion in public life. This has been a thorny issue for Obama, who has been sharply criticized by the Catholic Church and conservative evangelicals for several policies of his administration. [...] Obama talked about the work of his Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, and focused on the history of faith-based social activism. [...] Romney, for his part, followed conservative tradition and...
  • August 28, 2012
    He has tried to live his life with a set of values centered on family, faith, and love of one's fellow man. From the time we were first married, I've seen him spend countless hours helping others. I've seen him drop everything to help a friend in trouble, and been there when late-night calls of panic came from a member of our church whose child had been taken to the hospital.
  • August 28, 2012
    Portraying Mitt Romney as a guy you would invite to your kid’s bar mitzvah is not credible. And in any case it’s not enough. What voters are looking for, I think, is more ineffable. They are looking a combination of moral compass and strength of character. They want to be convinced that he gets them (which is not the same as being one of them), that when the hard choices come at him he will be governed by the right mix of decency and sturdiness, that he can detect the wisdom in the crosswinds...
  • August 29, 2012
    Mitt and I also go to different churches. But in any church, the best kind of preaching is done by example. And I've been watching that example. [...] Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed. We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope. Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life.
  • August 30, 2012
    As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion. President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise...is to help you and your family.
  • August 30, 2012
    We were Mormons and growing up in Michigan; that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don’t remember it that way. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to. My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO.
  • September 2, 2012
    Today we see the [Mormon] church coming out of obscurity, and we see that 90% of what has been written…has been favorable. And that's a great tribute to Mitt and Ann [Romney] and their family for living such an exemplary life. A life of love and compassion, a good Latter-day Saint life. A life of leadership, reaching out to others, and touching others, and worshiping the lord and putting families and the church first.
  • September 4, 2012
    [Our families] simply believed in that fundamental American promise that, even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids. […] We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself. We learned about honesty and integrity – that the...
  • September 5, 2012
    I guess you have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform. There sure is a lot of mention of government. I guess I would put the onus of the burden on them to answer why they did all the purges of God.
  • September 5, 2012
    This makes crystal clear what the President’s personal view is. The policy has not changed. The president has a personal view [that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel] and the administration has a policy. They’re not incompatible but there are reasons that the administration’s policy is that the Jerusalem is a final status issue. We wanted to make the President’s views clear.
  • September 5, 2012
    I find that one more example of Israel being thrown under the bus by [President Barack Obama]. I think it’s a very sad day when we have our best friend in the Middle East, a nation which shares our values, a nation now under extraordinary threat and distress when nations around it like Syria and Egypt are going through tumult of their own. For us at a stage like this, to take an action of that nature, to cease calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel, this is a very troubling development and I...
  • September 5, 2012
    Our founding document the Declaration of Independence references God. Our national motto, ‘In God we trust.’ I mean this is part of our heritage. I think their having removed purposefully God from their platform suggests a party which is increasingly out of touch with the mainstream of American people. I think this party is veering further and further away into an extreme wing that Americans don’t recognize.
  • September 6, 2012
    We know that churches and charities can often make more of a difference than a poverty program alone. [...] As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It's about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That's what we believe.
  • September 6, 2012
    We've reasserted our power across the Pacific, and stood up to China on behalf of our workers. From Burma to Libya to South Sudan, we have advanced the rights and dignity of all human beings, men and women; Christians and Muslims and Jews.
  • September 8, 2012
    The pledge says ‘under God.’ I will not take God out of the name of our platform. I will not take God off our coins and I will not take God out of my heart. We’re a nation that’s bestowed by God.
  • September 9, 2012
    I'm convinced that my background, and my heritage and my faith have made me the person I am to a great degree. The Judeo-Christian ethics that I was brought up with, the sense of obligation to one's fellow man, and an absolute conviction that we are all sons and daughters of the same God and therefore, in a human family, is one of the reasons I’m doing what I'm doing.
  • September 10, 2012
    The church has always encouraged people to be a part of the political process and to register to vote. However, we do not direct them on how to vote.
  • September 11, 2012
    The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.
  • September 12, 2012
    I also believe the [Obama] administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt, instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values.
  • September 12, 2012
    [The United States] rejects all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others -- but there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence. None.
  • September 15, 2012
    The United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion—including Islam. Yet there is never any justification for violence. There is no religion that condones the targeting of innocent men and women.
  • September 14, 2012
    In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome. That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. That is what keeps the peace.
  • September 14, 2012
    In the experience of real life, the most important things we belong to have a very different hold on us. I am a Catholic, not because anyone has ordered me to accept a creed, but because of the grace and truth revealed in my faith – and that’s how we all feel about the faiths we hold. In the same way, we Americans give ourselves to every kind of good cause. We do so for the simple reason that our hearts and conscience have called us to work that needs doing, to fill a place that sometimes no...
  • September 19, 2012
    Since our founding, America has promoted personal responsibility, the dignity of work and the value of education. Those values made our nation the hope of the earth and our economy the envy of the world. Efforts that promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency make America strong. When the economy is growing and Americans are working, everyone involved has a shared sense of achievement, not to mention the basic sense of pride that comes with the paycheck they...
  • May 17, 2012
    I'm torn by two perspectives in this regard [i.e. the peace process]. One is the one which I've had for some time, which is that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish. [...] I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say, "There's just no way." And so what you do is you...
  • September 18, 2012
    Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you, and one of the untruths out there that is driven is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena.
  • September 24, 2012
    I think there are some Jewish voters that are voting Republican. They've been moving in that direction. And those that would be most influenced to vote for Romney because of [President Obama's decision not to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] are probably already voting for Romney.
  • September 25, 2012
    The impulse towards intolerance and violence may initially be focused on the West, but over time it cannot be contained. The same impulses toward extremism are used to justify war between Sunni and Shia, between tribes and clans. It leads not to strength and prosperity but to chaos. In less than two years, we have seen largely peaceful protests bring more change to Muslim-majority countries than a decade of violence. And extremists understand this. Because they have nothing to offer to...
  • September 25, 2012
    I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim, though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were? The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don't care what religion Obama is, nor should anyone else in America.
  • September 19, 2012
    His arrogant and out-of-hand dismissal of half the population of this country struck me at a visceral level, for it sullied the religion that he and I share. [...] My first impulse was to rent an airplane towing a banner: "Mitt Romney is Not the Face of Mormonism!"
  • October 11, 2012
    I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, of how to make sure that people have a chance in life. Now, you want to ask basically why I’m pro-life? It’s not simply because of my Catholic faith. That’s a factor, of course. But it’s also because of reason and science.
  • October 1, 2012
    Jewish humor is inherently never mean or vindictive or about making fun of anyone. It is about the kind of absurdity that is life.
  • October 3, 2012
    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.
  • October 9, 2012
    It may very well be that in the future the unaffiliated vote will be as important to the Democrats as the traditionally religious are to the Republican Party. If these trends continue, we are likely to see even sharper divisions between the political parties and sharper divisions within (the parties).
  • October 9, 2012
    Joe Biden might not be the perfect liberal Catholic, but boy, he comes pretty close. Paul Ryan might be a tad more libertarian than your average conservative Catholic, but he's not far off.
  • October 11, 2012
    [The Obama administration is] infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals. Our church should not have to sue our federal government to maintain their religious liberties. And with respect to abortion, the Democratic Party used to say they wanted it to be safe, legal and rare. Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding. [...] The vice president himself went to China and said that...
  • October 11, 2012
    My religion defines who I am, and I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. [...] With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as what we call a [de fede] doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others. [...] I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that women can’t control their...
  • October 15, 2012
    It’s clear to me that the Code of Canon Law, Canon 915, says that a Catholic politician who publicly espouses positions that are contrary, not just to any teachings of the Church, but to serious moral teachings, should not receive Holy Communion until they recant those positions publicly. [... Vice President Biden] should know, and I would do everything I could do to make sure that he knows, he ought not to be receiving Communion.
  • October 16, 2012
    I believe Governor Romney is a good man. Loves his family, cares about his faith. But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considered themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about.
  • October 17, 2012
    As for Obama, his strategy seems clear: lay low of the religion stuff and wherever possible reframe the hazardous “religious freedom” debate as one about economics and women’s health.
  • October 18, 2012
    By the way, just before I left Rome this morning Pope Benedict XVI pulled me aside and asked me to deliver a personal, special message to both candidates. Mr. President and Governor Romney, do you know what the Holy Father asked me to tell the two of you? Well, neither do I because he said it in Latin and I don’t understand a word.
  • October 21, 2012
    No Blacks Allowed (Until 1978). No Gays Allowed (Current). Shame on Mormonism.
  • October 22, 2012
    We do have to make sure that we're protecting religious minorities and women because these [Arab Spring] countries can't develop unless all the population, not just half of it, is developing.
  • October 24, 2012
    Christians who boycott voting are opting out of civic responsibility and neighbor love. [Abstaining on Election Day is] more akin to Pontius Pilate washing his hands rather than John the Baptist taking on the powers-that-be, [...a form of utopianism] in which Christians find no candidate pure enough to be trusted. In any election, we are not voting for a Mayor of the heavenly New Jerusalem; that office is occupied. We are entrusting a group of fallen sinners -- as we all are -- to lead us in...
  • October 30, 2012
    Muslims need tough love, not soft coddling to get over their illusions of Islamist fantasies. Many Muslims are not going to be happy with the way Romney would handle the civil rights issues. Even if he follows exactly the same policies as Obama, he would be perceived as worse for the Muslims.
  • November 1, 2012
    For Mitt Romney, the nurturing communitarian environment of a familial faith tradition that flourished in a hostile environment passed on a heritage of resilience and accomplishment. For Barack Obama, an eclectic but earnest Protestantism grounded his own individual eclecticism so that he overcame personal adversity to succeed in a hostile environment.
  • November 13, 2012
    In this election, as was the case four years ago, 26 percent of the electorate called themselves born-again Christians. Four years ago, John McCain thumped Barack Obama by a 50-point margin among this constituency. This year, Mormon Mitt Romney beat Obama by an even wider 57 points. So, yes, born-again Christians will vote for a Mormon, and they will do so in heavy numbers in the right situation.
  • November 5, 2012
    It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place.
  • November 5, 2012
    I feel very good.
  • November 6, 2012
    Together, with your help and God's grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth. God bless you. God bless these United States.
  • November 7, 2012
    We hope that President Obama will respond to his fellow citizens' expectations, serving law and justice for the good and development of all people, and respecting essential human and spiritual values while promoting a culture of life and religious freedom.
  • November 7, 2012
    We [Christians] must face the reality that we may be on the losing side of the culture war. [...] While this certainly does not mean we should stop legal or political efforts completely, it does mean that we should begin thinking about what it looks like to be the church in a 'post-culture war' era. We need to be prepared to defend the protection of religious liberty as we move into the future.
  • November 12, 2012
    When it comes to Israel, Jewish Americans are notably moderate in their views.
  • November 16, 2012
    Obama’s religious coalition resembles the religious composition of younger voters, while Romney’s religious coalition resembles the religious composition of senior voters. For example, 26% of Millennial voters are white Christians, compared to 72% of senior voters.
  • November 19, 2012
    I care about the Republican Party because of its strong emphasis on the dignity that comes from economic opportunity and self-reliance, a robust foreign policy that holds dictators accountable for slaughtering their people, its emphasis on school choice, and strong support for Israel. And anyone who cares about the party knows that it can no longer postpone a serious reexamination of its sexual values obsession.
  • November 20, 2012
    There remains a chance to hammer out the needed exemption for all religious institutions and I'm hopeful that both the administration and the [bishops] see the wisdom of working toward that resolution.
  • April 8, 2012
    What we’ve seen is an erosion of religious liberty. Our teachings had been accommodated, but now they are not being accommodated.