Religion & Romney, Passover & Good Friday, Bigot Hall of Shame & O’Donnell, Rev. Mills

Update – Mitt Romney today made the following statement on Passover:

This Friday night, Jews around the world will join with their families and friends to observe the holiday of Passover. This ancient celebration of freedom reminds us that free people everywhere have a stake in ending oppression. Ann joins me in wishing everyone sitting down for a Passover Seder a joyous time with family and friends.”

April 6, 2012…

It’s an important religious day for Jews and Christians.

Christians in America and across the world are reflecting on the atonement and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Those of the Jewish faith in America and across the world are observing the first day of Passover.

Today also serves as a bold reminder of the gift of the United States Constitution – wherein religious issues are addressed.

The First Amendment guarantees Americans the freedom of religion. Article VI prohibits the imposition of religious tests as a condition for holding public office. These are our rights. This is the law. Untold treasure and lives have been sacrificed to make it so. Responsible, decent, patriotic American citizens cherish these laws.

Warty political tentacles – whether from the left or the right – are stretching and flexing to selectively choke and kill these guarantees for those with whom they disagree. Yes, as despicable as it is, fellow Americans are actively working to blunt these rights for other Americans.

It’s Un-American. Anti-constitutional. It’s the equivalent of spitting and trampling on the graves of all who have given their lives in the name of freedom.

America – the great religious melting pot of the earth – enables us to celebrate our own religious beliefs while recognizing others are free to do the same. Those living here, enjoying the benefits of our democracy, who seek to deprive the rights of others based on their religious affiliation – whether overtly or covertly – deserve to be shrouded in shame.

I intend to reflect and rejoice on this religious day and I celebrate the opportunity it provides to speak up. Without going in the weeds, I’ve held my thoughts on religious bigotry thus far in this presidential primary, but feel those days have ended. Speakers of religious hate and particularly bigots against Governor Romney’s faith will be outed in Hall of Shame posts. For today, I refer readers to the latest on Article VI blog. They’ve got it covered – but their topics deserve more coverage. Evangelicals for Mitt is another great source. They both have a friend in me.

A final thought before sharing a remembrance for the the day… Those seeking to become United States citizens are REQUIRED to take an Oath of Allegiance:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . “

Are natural born citizens exempt from the same standard?

Maybe religious bigots don’t consider themselves domestic enemies of the Constitution… but, they are. Yes, in the future, I’ll be naming names. It’s that simple – name names and induct them into the Wyatt Hall of Shame. Here are the first two: Lawrence O’Donnell and Santorum endorser Reverend Huey Mills.

Speaking of good – Governor Romney tweeted this today:

Praying for a quick recovery for Bella. Ann and I are keeping Rick, Karen and the entire Santorum family in our thoughts.

My prayers are for little Bella and the Santorums at this time, as well.

Click below the fold for a remembrance…

Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being. ~ Morris Joseph

Passover is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by the Jewish community across the world. Marked with zeal, Passover commemorates the freedom of the Jews from the brutal slavery of the Egyptians – the birth of the Israelite nation.

From 8 Things You need to Know About Passover 2012:

Passover is about freedom, family, and food. . . . Nowhere, and at no time, in 3,000 years of Jewish history have Jews known the kind of centuries-long freedom and security which are the American Jewish experience. The Passover story of freedom — of the journey from oppression to opportunity — is also the American story at its best, not just for Jews but for all people, and it rings deeply true when it is told at Seder tables across this nation.

From MRC, to our Jewish friends everywhere

Happy Passover!

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

And sitting down they watched him there; and set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent…

~ Gospel of Matthew (KJV) 27: 27-31, 33-37, 45-57

From MRC, on this Good Friday

to Christian friends everywhere

Easter is on its way…

► Jayde Wyatt

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6 Responses to Religion & Romney, Passover & Good Friday, Bigot Hall of Shame & O’Donnell, Rev. Mills

  1. AfricansforRomney says:

    Must read article. Thank You, Jayde!
    Let’s not slice, dice CHRISTIANITY for the radical conservative political wing gain purposes. Lawerence O’Donnell is another uninformed illiterate media member.The American news networks hires thugs, convicts, skirts, stiletto heel. As we know it, they’re not hired to report NEWS.Whatever happend to decency????

    The media have been trying to shift the conversation to religion, the defination of chirstianity so, they can hide Emperor Obama’s 3+ years FAILED leadership. Gov Romney, don’t let them get away this time.


  2. Happy Easter.

    This is a great message. We have all danced around the topic of bigotry. I appreciate Jayde’s courage with this introduction.

    Bigotry exists on all fronts and against all religions of America. Any attack on Governor Romney’s religion can and will pivot quickly to an attack on Evangelicals, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus from those same individuals, just as well. The secular bigot only cares to spread hate and envy. His motives are simply to destroy.

    “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

  3. Stan says:

    I pray this Easter we will reflect on this sacred day and realize we are all God’s children. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, or Buddhist, we are His children. As a Latter Day Saint, I believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ and on this Easter Day we not only remember His crucifixion but the celebration of His ascension.

    Have a wonderful Easter one and all.

  4. GFurniss says:

    How precious is this God given right to worship as we desire. And how often we forget that it was granted to all Americans, not just a select few. This Easter, as we commemorate the atoning sacrifice and ressurrection of the Savior of the world, my heart is filled with gratitude to God for this land. How blessed we are to be Americans, to live and journey in a country where glorious freedom still reigns. As Christ’s sacrifice freed us from the bonds of death, I pray that we as Americans, will always honor the freedom of our fellow men to worship God as they see fit. May God preserve our freedoms always and may He continue to bless America!

  5. GFurniss says:

    Happy Easter 2012!! What a great time to be alive!! Words seem inadequate to express the true gratitude of my heart. I am so thankful to the most high God for his kindness and mercy. This Easter is a great time to remember the Love of God for all His children, all human beings, that he sent His beloved and Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ as the only sinless person to live on earth and provide us the ultimate example, worthy of emulation.

    Christ was the only one capable of making an atonement for mankind that delivered us all from sin and also redeemed all mankind from physical death. Jesus rose on the third day, Easter morning and so shall all mankind live again. What a priceless, charitable gift given by Jesus Christ. What a blessing to live in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. The US Constitution is an inspired document and irrevocable law that when respectfully followed protects citizens’ rights and freedoms. It is under attack. I pray during this Easter Season that God will continue to preserve our nation and His grace shine on us as we work steadfastly to restore honor to our great nation.

  6. GFurniss says:

    The 1st post was by Lady GFurniss & the 2nd by Laird GFurniss. As you can see, we feel the same way about our great country.