Romney: More prayer in schools
December 16th, 2011
02:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney: More prayer in schools

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney grew reflective when asked about God and government at a town hall in Iowa Friday.

A man asked the GOP candidate about the role of religion in American society.

"I know there are some people who would like to make this nation a secular nation, who want to take God out of everything that exists in this country," Romney said. "They try to say it's unconstitutional."

Romney pointed to the Declaration of Independence, saying the document "points out that it's God who gave us those rights in the first place."

The former Massachusetts governor is a Mormon and has at times shrugged off detractors who do not consider his religion to be Christian.

Romney told the audience at an Iowa plant that he believed there should be more prayer in schools and more "religious ornamentation" in the public square.

"I'm not looking for teachers to have prayer every day in the classroom but I do think at special ceremonies - graduation, football games and the like, that calling on our creator is a good idea," he said.

He continued: "I trust in God, and I know you do, and I believe it's appropriate for us to recognize in the public square that we do indeed have a creator and that we trust in our creator, particularly at this time of year," he said.

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Filed under: Faith • Iowa • Mitt Romney
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. DIANA

    So that would mean that the schools would have to pander to every religion in school? Or is it just your God that prayer will be allowed for?

    December 16, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. anagram_kid

    What is the saying... "Jesus was sent to rid the world of evil, Thor was sent to rid the world of frost giants. I don't see any frost giants. Just sayin'..."

    December 16, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. dean

    It's called retail politics. He doesn't actually believe that. He's a politician for cryin out loud!

    December 16, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He's fishin for the teabaggers .They hate him. The GOBP wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion continues full speed ahead.

    December 16, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. AB

    This is so disturbing....God is a delusion and is a concept created by the political class to control the masses...When are we going to accept this as a fact? Sure, you can have your own beliefs..but you cannot impose such a thing by default on society at large...It leads to ignorance and stagnation..Look at the islamic countries for instance...Governments do not need to be fervently secular or religious to function..They just have to be fair and morally upright..

    December 16, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. anagram_kid

    Jarviv wrote – ‘”…I know you don't agree, but that is kind of dome for a lack of a better word.” I am going to give Jarviv the benefit of the doubt that this is a typo, but I think CNN should give prizes for posts like that.

    December 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I just saw the face of christ in my Ramen soup. Ooops...gone now. Probably thousands on the way here to follow Mitt's recommendation, tho.

    December 16, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    I could say that I want to see more pagan and phallic symbols in churches, but I don’t think they could add many more.

    December 16, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Godzilla

    More prayer in school, more bibles, more holy cards and a yearly visit from the pope. On second thought, just vote for Obama!

    December 16, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Ron

    When are these Gop circus clowns going to "Stop the Religion BS" and get on with the "JOBS"!!!!! Morons!!

    December 16, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Ramesh Shrestha

    If we pray at public schools, who do we pray to? Do we invoke all 330 million+ gods and goddesses? In an assemblage of students and teachers of all faiths, if we invoke God, then Muslims, who might want to call upon Allah, and Hindus who may want to pray to one of their 330 millions of gods and goddesses may get offended. How do we deal with that? Hey, how about singing the national anthem and reciting the pledge of legion before classes start every morning? Public schools in America need to hold assembly before classes begin every morning. They need to conduct PT and drill, which help them maintain heygenic wellbeing? That worked very well for us in secondary school in Nepal. I think it will do the same here as well.

    December 16, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. summer sky

    Mormons do not pray to Joseph Smith or any other man. We pray to God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, as Jesus Christ Himself told us to do in the New Testament. We also don't wear "magic" underwear. It's a little creepy that everyone seems to be so obsessed with other peoples' undergarments.

    December 16, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Joseph Smith

    Pray to me children!

    December 16, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. gt

    love you pagans... of course you believe in atheism... atheism .. there was nothing and nothing happen to nothing and nothing exploded and then a bunch of everthing magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into replicating bits which turned into dinosaurs... makes perfect sense.. yea.. you got it darwin...ugh ..

    December 16, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    what is this big deal about praying in school? I used to pray in school ALL the time especially before a big test or when that bully might have been there wanting to take my lunch money. The issue here they don't want to address is that we have MORE religions in our nation than Christianity and people pray different ways...even some branches of Christianity pray differently. I think Mitt should leave this one alone, but he IMO is playing to the Iowa religious right.

    December 16, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Reefer Power

    Mitt Romney is the race horse that wins when it matters the most. He's a clutch player that comes through when the pressure is on. And that's the horse you can put your money on.

    And whatever is his formula for success – whether it's prayer or magic underwear – all that matters is that he can bring home the bacon.

    December 16, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    Jarvi – clearly you are the one who is ignorant and worse – arrogant as well. No wonder you are a GOPer.

    December 16, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Jariv. look at a Supreme Court case in TX, where 2 families, one of them LDS, objected to having their kids be forced to say prayers that were not of their Church. This case occurred 10 years ago. People are being told to pray, and its being done under the aegis of the State in our public schools. No one should be coerced.

    December 16, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    True insanity is to attack some one for believing in “magic” just because you refuse to accept science and history. Especially when you believe in a magic man sitting on a magical throne in some magical world who magically sent us “his book of magic"?
    And some how this magical man doesn't have the "magic" to send us a revised addition of the magical book?
    I believe in God/Spirit, just not your magical god or your magical book full of not so magical shame & blame.

    December 16, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. anagram_kid

    GT – Pagans are not atheists. Pagans worship a god or many gods. Christianity was founded in pagan beliefs and practices.

    December 16, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Noodle Nose Johnson

    There's no level of pandering that this man will not stoop to. He has a pathological need to be "liked" and will say anything to get your approval. He is utterly unsuited to be President.

    December 16, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    Nice strawman you set up there Gurgi. The dems haven't "declared war on christianity" as your handlers have brainwashed you to believe. Can you name any other religious group that attempts to shove their beliefs down our throats then cries victim when told to cut it out? No? Didn't think so.

    December 16, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Gurgi

    Personally I don't really have a dog in this fight. I think a persons religious beliefs are between them and their chosen deity. Prayer the same, personal and private. However I do think the pledge of alliegiance should be said daily in schools. This is the United States of America, a separate country, not the world of--whatever. Human beings have not evolved enough for their to be a "one world government, currency, etc." People born in this country or choose to live here should pledge allegiance to it, no other country, if your allegiance is to another country then leave here and live there.

    December 16, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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