Romney says Obama infringing upon religious rights
February 7th, 2012
12:12 AM ET

Romney says Obama infringing upon religious rights

By Rachel Streitfeld, CNN Political Producer

Centennial, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of infringing upon Americans’ religious rights in a fiery address to more than 2,500 supporters Monday in Colorado.

“The Creator gave every human being his rights,” Romney told the audience, to sustained cheers. “I’m just distressed as I watch our president try and infringe upon our rights.”

In recent weeks the GOP frontrunner has signaled he would attack the president over the charge his administration has rolled back the rights of religious individuals and institutions. Romney went further at his Monday rally and publicly detailed specific examples of Obama’s “violation of conscience.”

Romney cited a new policy from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that requires some religious institutions, including schools and hospitals, to provide coverage of birth control to their employees.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Church • Mitt Romney • Obama • Politics • Religious liberty

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  1. Cauan

    Right, but who decides which dnurthooox beliefs are acceptable? I think we can all agree (at least you and I) on some basic beliefs: Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Joseph Smith was his prophet. The Book of Mormon is true. (We might disagree on whether heterodoxy is okay on exactly what true means, but recent statements from the prophets are on the side of orthodoxy, so I concede the point in advance.)While the timing of the Savior's birth is a bit of a straw man, the question on evolution is one that people might care more about it. Are you just talking about fundamental doctrines ? For example, beliefs that we talk about in the temple recommend interview? Otherwise, I have trouble seeing how one who is not called to be a judge in Zion could come up with any internally consistent system. (For example, would it be apostasy in 1975 to believe that all worthy male members should receive the priesthood? Was is apostasy for Hugh B. Brown to give an interview to the New York Times much earlier, saying the Church was likely to repeal the policy soon. President McKay made him recant, but was it apostasy?The point is not to get caught in my individual examples; I hope you see what I'm getting at. I'd be more interested in the sepcific examples that you've seen. I may be missing the point; I haven't read these naysayers on the web, so I concede that in advance as well.Peace, best wishes,Dave

    March 4, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  2. steve

    Someone please ask Romney if supports laws against polygamy, which infringe on some Mormon sec freedom of religion

    February 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  3. Matt

    "fiery address"? – i sounded as hollow and fake as every one of his other speeches. romney is the most patronizing and inconsistent politician i've seen in a long time and that's saying something. Ron Paul 2012!

    February 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  4. Bill M.

    Yeah, we wouldn't want the baby raping priests to have to pay to include reproductive care in insurance for their non catholic employees. No one's telling these nut jobs and perverts that they have to use this part of their healthcare.

    February 8, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • Uncouth Swain

      You wouldn't be one of those idiots that blame all of the priesthood for the wrong doing of the few are you? I hope not because man would you be a dolt if you thought that.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Bad day for Mormon Power-Lusters

    First Proposition 8 lost another major court battle, then poor little Mittens has lost his kittens, or the three primary states at play today.

    You'd think the angel Moroni would bip in and do some magic for them, swing those courts and voters, but no.

    February 8, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  6. Reality

    Romney believes that the horn-blowing angel Moroni appeared to the con artist Joe Smith. Not good for someone who wants to be president of any group !!!

    Obama "mouths" that he is Christian i.e. believes in gay Gabriel and war-mongering Michael the Archangel and Satan. BO's support of abortion however vitiates has Christianity as he is the leader of the Immoral Majority who are now the largest voting block in the country. Immoral Majority you ask??

    The 78 million voting "mothers and fathers" of aborted womb babies !!! (2012 -1973 Rowe vs. Wade = 39 years.

    39 years x 2 million/yr = 78 million. Abortion rate in the USA as per the CDC is one million/yr.

    And the presidential popular vote in 2008? 69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM. The population of the Immoral Majority in 2008? ~ 70 million !!!!!!

    February 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  7. AGuest9

    “The Creator gave every human being his rights,”

    STOP lying!

    February 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  8. martint

    Mitt would sell his soul to the Devil (If there were a devil that is) to be elected POTUS! Alert, it isn't going to happen!!

    February 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
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