Vote for the American!
Marquee message at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Chico, Calif., placed by from Pastor Tim Ruhl, who refused to say what it meant
America, America is just more than a place, though. America is an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government. That’s right. That’s who we are, that’s how we built this country.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speech at the event announcing him as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate
Real Clear Politics, 8-11-12
No, these human rights — and the ideas and the ideals that conceived them — came from the minds of men and women who wrestled with the big questions: What is fair and what is just? Over time, a commonly held sense of right and wrong developed, which was then enacted into law by, yes, government.
Matt Rothschild, atheist editor of The Progressive, Madison, Wis.
The Progressive, 8-30-12
I’m a Catholic deer hunter. I’m happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., campaigning for vice president in Pittsburgh
Associated Press, 8-22-12
Most of all, almighty God we thank you, for the great gift of our beloved country. For we are indeed one nation under God, and in God we trust. Dear God, bless America. You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, closing words to his prayer to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us to defend it. Life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s prayer delivered right after President Obama’s speech accepting his party’s nomination for a second term
We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their potential.
Plank in the Democratic Party platform approved Sept. 4 at the national convention in Charlotte, N.C.
As an ordained United Methodist minister, I am here to attest and affirm that our faith in God is central to the American story and informs the values we’ve expressed in our party’s platform. In addition, President Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and our platform should as well.
Ted Strickland, former Ohio governor and Democratic platform drafting chair, introducing a resolution Sept. 5 to insert “God” into the platform
New York Times, 9-5-12
We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential. [Italics added]
Democratic Party platform plank “passed” after a Christian Broadcasting Network blogger and Fox TV began berating Democrats for “removing God” from the platform and not affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (Los Angelos Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for a voice vote requiring a two-thirds majority three times and declared the resolution passed even though the “nays” sounded louder than the “yeas.”)
Associated Press, 9-5-12