In Their Own Words

Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom . . . Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.

No one candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes President he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths.

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. . . . It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America–the religion of secularism. They are wrong.

We are a nation ‘Under God’ and in God, we do indeed trust.

I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from ‘the God who gave us liberty.’

Candidate Mitt Romney
Faith in America” Address

College Station, Texas, December 6, 2007 

Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?

Candidate (Rev.) Mike Huckabee
The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2007

There’s only one explanation for it, and it’s not a human one. It’s the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people.

Mike Huckabee
Re: His surge in polls

Liberty University speech
MSNBC Hardball, Dec. 7, 2007

Faith doesn’t just influence me; it really defines me. I don’t have to wake up every day wondering, ‘What do I need to believe?’

Mike Huckabee TV ad
[“CHRISTIAN LEADER” flashing on screen]Newsweek, Dec. 8, 2007

Are you about worn out by all the television commercials you’ve been seeing, mostly about politics? Well, I don’t blame you. At this time of year sometimes it’s nice to pull aside from all of that and just remember that what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ and being with our family and friends.

And I hope that you and your friends will have a magnificent Christmas season. And on behalf of all of us, God Bless and Merry Christmas. I’m Mike Huckabee and I approved this message.

Political ad transcript
December 2007

It reminds me of what Sinclair Lewis once said. He says, ‘when fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.’ Now I don’t know whether that’s a fair assessment or not, but you wonder about using a cross, like he is the only Christian or implying that subtly.

Candidate Ron Paul
Re: Huckabee Xmas ad
Fox TV, Dec. 19, 2007

[Re: the likelihood of an atheist or agnostic winning the presidency.] The vast majority of Americans say they believe in God. The vast majority of America, at some time, goes to church, and I think it matters to people. When you are choosing the president of the United States, people vote on the things that matter to them.

So I think it is probably unlikely that you are going to find somebody who stands up and says, “Well, I don’t believe in anything,” and you’ll get a whole bunch of people who get excited about voting for that person. It’s just a fact.

Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass.
Luncheon for Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The Politico, Nov. 2007

Condoms are not sure because I know that there are two countries in Europe, they are making condoms with the [HIV] virus on purpose. They want to finish with the African people.

Roman Catholic Archbishop Francisco Chimoio
Maputo, Mozambique

BBC News, Sept. 26, 2007

In my business, asking people to risk their lives is part of the job, but doing so without giving them the chance to understand that there is a life after death is something of a betrayal.

I think there is very much an obligation on . . . a Christian leader to include a spiritual dimension into his people’s preparations for operations, and the general conduct of their lives. Qualities and core values are fine as a universally acceptable moral basement of leadership, but the unique life, death, resurrection and promises of Christ provide that spiritual opportunity that I believe takes the privilege of leadership to another level.

General Sir Richard Dannatt
Chief of the General Staff [UK]

[London] Times, Oct. 18, 2007

Are there wonderful Americans who happen to be homosexual serving in the military? Yes. We should respect those who want to serve the nation, but not, through the law of the land, condone activity that, in my upbringing, is counter to God’s law.

Outgoing Chairman Gen. Peter Pace
Joint Chiefs of Staff

Cox News, Sept. 27, 2007

He said that if homosexual activity is in private there is no problem, but those in overt activity should be executed [he initially said tortured but changed it to executed]. He argued that homosexuality is against human nature and that humans are here to reproduce.

Minutes of comments by Mohsen Yahyavi, Iranian M.P.
May peace conference

The [London] Times, Nov. 13, 2007

. . . This session may have been the most successful session in history for Judeo-Christian values in Texas. My first legislative success was to have the maxim “In God We Trust” displayed prominently over the Senate Chamber for the first time in Texas history. I also joined Rep. Debbie Riddle in passing legislation that now includes the words “under God” in our state pledge. Students will once again be able to invoke the name of their God at events, and the bible can now be taught as an elective subject in our schools.

Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick
Fall 07 newsletter to constituents

Huh! Catholic Doublespeak

In a world wounded by conflicts, where violence is justified in God’s name, it’s important to repeat that religion can never become a vehicle of hatred, it can never be used in God’s name to justify violence.

Pope Benedict XVI
Associated Press, Oct. 22, 2007

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