Update: So, what did you think? The punditocracy is going into overdrive parsing the speech and weighing the electoral consequences. For me, it’s simple. Any day a Republican can turn the tables on the “tolerance” squad and cast light on our great American tradition of religious liberty is a good day.
If you missed the broadcast, the full text of the speech is here.
Update 12/6 8:12am Eastern. Here are some advance excerpts from the speech…
“There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they are at odds with the nation’s founders, for they, when our nation faced its greatest peril, sought the blessings of the Creator. And further, they discovered the essential connection between the survival of a free land and the protection of religious freedom. In John Adam’s words: ‘We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people.’
“Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.”
“When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate to become your president, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest. A President must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States.”
“There are some who would have a presidential candidate describe and explain his church’s distinctive doctrines. To do so would enable the very religious test the founders prohibited in the constitution. No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes President he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths.”
“It is important to recognize that while differences in theology exist between the churches in America, we share a common creed of moral convictions. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it’s usually a sound rule to focus on the latter – on the great moral principles that urge us all on a common course. Whether it was the cause of abolition, or civil rights, or the right to life itself, no movement of conscience can succeed in America that cannot speak to the convictions of religious people.
“We separate church and state affairs in this country, and for good reason. No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion. But 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 acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism. They are wrong.
“The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation ‘Under God’ and in God, we do indeed trust.
The much-buzzed-about religion speech tomorrow by Mitt Romney will be carried on Ustream.
Blogger and Ustream advisor Patrick Ruffini has the scoop.
Viewers of Hot Air TV are quite familiar with Ustream. We have our own Ustream channel and have used it several times over the past few months to do live, streaming broadcasts. It’s very cool, interactive, easy-to-use technology. You can embed the livestream on your blog (which we’ll do both here and at Hot Air tomorrow). You’ll get the full speech, not just selective soundbites from the MSM. And no annoying commentary/tickers running underneath Romney.
Another plus: Unlike other Web 2.0 companies I’ve dealt with, Ustream is open and receptive to conservative users.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow. And check out more about Ustream–founded by two military veterans–here.