Romney’s New Phony ‘War On Religion’

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Just when you think Mitt Romney couldn’t sink any lower in this presidential race, he finds another way to up the ante. If the former Massachusetts governor weren’t such a condescending, disingenuous, and overall spineless politician, maybe more people would find his unyielding desire to always top himself impressive.

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Today the Romney campaign released “Be Not Afraid,” which focuses on “religious liberty” and features the Republican presidential contender, claiming, “President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion.” The narrator also ads, “Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong.”

Romney supposedly believes this today, but who knows what tomorrow might bring?

“Be Not Afraid” is referencing the Obama administration’s decision to alter an original ruling and mandate that religiously affiliated employers cover the cost of contraception for women in their health care plans.

After cries of “religious freedom” from select Catholic bishops and several Republicans who co-opted their cause for sport, a compromise was reached: The faith-affiliated employers will still have to provide the benefit, but the religious institutions themselves won’t have to pay.

Somehow, that translates into Obama wanting to behead the Bible.

Worse, the ad embarks on painfully pathetic levels of pandering by invoking the images of Pope John Paul II. It’s a transparent attempt to woo Catholic support, though Catholics overwhelmingly disagree with church leadership on the use of contraception.

Or as the Wall Street Journal notes:

When confronted with a similar law as governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Romney didn’t raise objections on religious or moral grounds, say people who worked in his administration or in health care interest groups there.

The narrator in the ad asks, “When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?” Let’s start with someone who knows what they’re talking about.

Ending atheist communism in Poland isn’t exactly the same thing as calling on employers to respect the laws of the land while allowing the associate institution to forgo paying directly if they have a “moral” stance against something.

And though I may no longer be a practicing Catholic anymore, I know how important a figure Pope John Paul II is. To invoke his imagery to sell a distortion says a lot of the person purportedly so adamant about defending the faithful. Then again, he was just called out by former President Bill Clinton for using his image for a political ad widely dismissed as untrue.

There are three things I know to be true: Water is wet, the sky is blue, and Mitt Romney is a liar.

Most politicians with great ambition employ truth-bending and context-switching to get where they need to go, but Romney is a purist when it comes to fabrication. He’s managed to go far with his lying thus far, but here’s hoping it finally catches up to him in November and he gets the miserable defeat he deserves.

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Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick

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