Mitt Romney: ‘I Will Not Take God Off Our Coins’

At a campaign stop today, Mitt Romney made sure everyone knew he was the candidate for the Religious Right.

With Pat Robertson behind him, Romney explained how he would never do the things… that Obama has never done either…

Pat Robertson (in yellow circle) applauds for Mitt Romney (via Politico)

“That 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 bestowed by God.

Who knew President Obama was trying to get God out of the Pledge and money!? WOO! Finally, his latent atheism comes out!

… or Romney was referring to the Democrats excluding the word “God” from their platform. Even though they put it back in. And even though “faith” played a prominent role in the original platform the Dems released to the public.

In other words, Romney insinuated things about Obama that have no basis in reality. Which seems to be his only strategy at this point.

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  • Rich Lane

    To be completely fair (this coming from someone who loathes Romney) at least he’s being honest about it.  Seriously, would anyone ANYWHERE place a bet  in favor of Obama taking it off coins?

  • AMW

    The sad thing is, with all the substantive issues out there, Romney gets attention and applause for talking about such non-issues.

    And I seriously doubt that Romney has even looked at or held a coin in years. This is the guy, after all, who proffered a $10,000 bet during one of the Republican debates.

    • Antinomian

      Maybe he has “In God We Trust” on his AMEX Black Card.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I think Pat spotted a shinny nickel on the floor.

  • http://aboutkitty.blogspot.com/ Cat’s Staff

    I was an act of Congress that put it there, it will take an act of Congress, or the Supreme Court declaring that the act of Congress was unconstitutional, to remove it.  He can say he isn’t going to take it off over and over again..and he’s right.

  • Brr

    “We’re a nation bestowed by God.”
    I’m going to have to ask you to back this claim up, Mr. Romney.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gwydionfrost Daniel Parker

      He’s just going to point to the irrefutable proof of the writings that are the foundation of his faith. You know that. It’s the only thing they’ve got.

  • MegaZeusThor

    It would a great thing to reverse this weird cold-war anachronism – BUT Obama isn’t likely to do it. 

    Team Romney is desperate to get an issue that can win him the day.  

  • Ken McKnight

    Somebody ask Rmoney if he would take God out of the US Constitution.  Trick question!  He was never in there!

  • Annie

    Thank goodness.  I know that was a huge concern for many, many voters.  I personally would love to have the word ‘god’ taken off our money, out of our pledge, and anywhere else it’s been stuck, but this is pure distraction at its finest.  We need a special machine to make sure Mitt is wearing his magic underwear in this pic… I say he isn’t!

    • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

      Hmm. Have you ever noticed the odd way he walks? He doesn’t take long strides for such a tall man (6 ft. 2 in. ). He tends to keep his knees together and makes little mincing steps with his lower legs only. Maybe he’s somehow restricted in his hip area… ?

      We report, you decide.

  • Octoberfurst

     Yes Mitt go ahead and pander to the religious crazies. Of course no one ever suggested taking God off our coins or out of anyones heart.  It’s just another stupid non-issue that the Right makes up to get the Religious Right base fired up. Granted I am sure there are idiotic Christians who believe that, if re-elected,  Obama is going to take God off our currency, burn down all Christian churches, forbid Bible reading and install Sharia as the law of our land but is it really necessary to cater to such fools? I live for the day when the Religious Right is just a tiny fringe group in American politics that no one pays any attention to.

    • Baby_Raptor

      I hope we actually live to see that day.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1572961194 Stefan Kotzamanis

        I think you will. Even if atheism rises by a meagre 1% a year, in less than 50 years you’ll see it come true. And then you have to take into account that things like this increase exponentially – meaning it’ll increase by a larger percentage the higher the percentage of atheists there are. Also, with science progressing at the rate it is and technology taking over our lives, religion becomes less and less relevant – both as an explanation for the unknown and as a necessary component of our high-tech lives

    • Marco

      If I have to dream, I’ll go for the day when they will disappear completely.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Since Jesus thought money was so nasty, evil and corrupting, I have never understood why Christians are so comfortable putting God’s name on the foul stuff. It’s kind of like writing God’s name on the underside of an outhouse toilet seat.

    Maybe they think “God” is a magic word that is supposed to take the curse off of the money, kind of like hex signs on Pennsylvania barns?  It doesn’t appear to work. Money’s corrupting influence seems to be as strong as, well, when folks used 30 pieces of silver.

    • Stev84

      Roosevelt thought that it was blasphemous and ordered it be left off certain coins in 1907. Of course the theocratic Congress immediately overruled him.

  • Martin

    Just waiting for Romney to go public and say, “You know what, Unlike Obama, I will never be black”.  It would be the first correct thing he would say about Obama that Republicans seem to disagree with.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    It’s a veiled reference to Obama incorrectly saying that our motto is “E Pluribus Unum”.

    Which prompted H.Con.Res. 13 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hconres13/text

    Which Obama criticized.

  • Adey

    As a “furriner”, it scares me silly that someone of Romney’s beliefs could be in charge of the most powerful military nation on earth. How did a member of this ridiculous cult even get into this position? OK, I think I just thought of the reason. He bought it. 

  • TiltedHorizon

    “We’re a nation bestowed by God”

    So was the middle east, it’s the happiest place on earth now.

  • Carla Simian

    Classic advertising/marketing tactics. “Our product contains no ammonia”

    Implies that the competitors’ product does contain ammonia.

  • DougI

    Whew, some people are on the brink of losing their homes but Romney promises to tackle the issues that matter to so many, religion on money.  Guess that shows he doesn’t have much to offer the American people.

  • A3Kr0n

    “We’re a nation bestowed by nothing”
    Scary.

  • Fargofan

     ”Also, I will not change the number of stars OR stripes on our flag. That’s a promise.”

    • Pureone

      Stripe I can understand. Why not stars? I don’t know if adding another state is good or bad..

  • http://twitter.com/m_ethaniel Mistletoe Ethaniel

    Now it’s starting to sound like a candidate for 6th-grade class president promising more ice cream in the school lunches and no more trash-talk at kickball games.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14


    We’re a nation bestowed by God”
    WTF is that supposed to mean?  Several words seem to be missing, unless he’s talking about god’s role in tectonic plate movement.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Perhaps it means that since the land was inhabited by Lamanites, obviously God wanted the Nephites to have it.

  • Philo Vaihinger

    The fight is often over small, symbolic things like “God” on the coins or in the platform of the Democratic Party.

    But it’s really over big things like those associated with the sexual revolution: the legality of divorce more of less at will, of homosexuality, of extra- or pre-marital sex, of porn and of open manifestations of sex in culture that are not that.

    And like the survival of public, secular education instead of its replacement by publicly-funded but church-run, religion-dominated education.

    Historically and even now, in America, our enemies are Christians, mostly but not only evangelical Protestants and Catholics.

    But immigration patterns and global politics can change that so that sometimes, at the UN or in other international contexts, the most dangerous enemy is Islam.

    It is important not to exaggerate the threat, but it is important not to shut our eyes out of deference to demands to be politically correct.

    It is important not to confuse the ancient religious grudge of the Christians of the Occident against Islam to which the Islamophobe right in America and Europe so often so openly appeals with the realistic judgment that Islam today is the most violent and relentless enemy of secularism and secular values in the world today.

    Though not, of course, within the United States or, so far as I know, anywhere within the Western Hemisphere.

  • Edmond

    God must’ve really HATED the heathen natives who lived on this land before us, and that’s why he “bestowed” it to us when we came ashore with superior weapons and unfamiliar diseases…. right…?

  • Alexander Safir

    As though the Executive Branch has any official say in the matter anyway!