Romney: More prayer in schools
December 16th, 2011
02:16 PM ET
8 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. SPLAT!~

    If the ideas and observations of Darwin, Wallace and Mendel were available to our Founding Fathers we wouldn't be beating this dead horse.

    December 16, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. John in Brooklyn

    Thank GOD the Supreme Court has answered my prayers for religious liberty and has whole-heartedly ruled against Romney's ideas consistently throughout history.

    December 16, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Truth or Nothing wrote:

    Good question. Run it by the IRS and see if they agree its a religion and give it tax exempt status. If they don't might I suggest Pay Per View?
    What if a kid's God is Allah and his parents demand that he be allowed to perform his mandatory prayers? What if it is Ramadan and that same kids' parents demand that your kid not eat while the Sun is up? Is your Caps Lock key broken?

    December 16, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. TheJellyman

    Why particularly at this time of the year? What an odd thing to say.

    December 16, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Which God is Romney advocating our children pray to? The Catholic god? The Protestant god? The Mormon god? The Presbyterian god? The Baptist god? Goodness, there are SO VERY MANY different gods to choose from, Mittens. Please be specific. Until such time as America can decide whose God is THE GOD, this is a conversation going nowhere fast. The conundrum, of course, is everyone wants it to be their particular "god" prayed to. Not going to happen, Romney. Sorry.

    December 16, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. rick

    Religion is and should be a personal
    matter. Beware of those that wear
    it on their sleve

    December 16, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Tim

    As in any other public decision, if someone says having more prayer in public schools is a good thing, they need to provide data showing that people who pray are better citizens and people that those who don't pray. They can't do this because it isn't true.

    December 16, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    I'm a little confused... since the Latter Day Saints believe in multiple Gods that rule multiple universes, which God/universe does he advocate prayer towards? And how is all of this helping with jobs???

    December 16, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Squealy

    I sure wish right wing republicans would quit trying to get everyone to follow Christianity. For a group so focused on "freedoms", they sure miss the boat when it comes to the freedoms of those unlike themselves.

    December 16, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Prayers are okay but are they going to have different prayers for students that are not Christians.

    December 16, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Debbie

    When prayer was taken out of the schools back in the 60's, most of the country identified themselves as Christians. Now, I'm afraid it IS too controversial and stirs up a hornet's nest–with all religions vying for equal time. On the other hand, a minute of silence at the beginning of the school day (which is what I grew up with) makes sense. That way everyone has a moment to pray, collect their thoughts, etc. I also believe, however, that telling a child he cannot pray before his meal in the cafeteria, or read his Bible in the library is just plain wrong. We, as a society, are going out of our way to accommodate Muslim Americans, and persecuting the Christians at the same time. Makes perfect sense to an atheist. "The fool says in his heart, there is no God."

    December 16, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. diridi

    can I eat Pizza tonight? Romney...

    December 16, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Where is Demo . . . ? – I miss his rants, they certainly make more sense than this Truth chump.

    December 16, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Gurgi

    From a lot of these postings, it looks like the liberals have declared war on religion, or at least on christianity, all other religions get a "pass" from liberals.

    December 16, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. JMO

    Fear any government that uses religion to hide its sins.

    December 16, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. really

    We are falling behind in pretty much every discipline, and this is Romney's answer? More prayer? Please, explain how prayer helps us catch up with the rest of the modern world.

    December 16, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Crash Bang Wallop

    When i was a kid, i went to school Mon – Friday
    and learned reading, science, ect.
    On the weekends (Sat) my parents sent me to Sunday school (go fig).
    We do not need prayer in public schools.
    Students can pray silently to any god of thier choice.
    However, the pledge of alegiance should be recited.

    December 16, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Abdul

    Agree 100% with Romney! Allah the Almighty (praise be His holy name) must be praised daily by every school child in America!

    December 16, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. bill

    Romney doesn't even agree Romney. I'd wager he's not accurately representing his true feelings on the subject, but rather telling folks what he presumes they want to hear. Call me crazy. This rhetoric makes me sick, but of all the things that scare me about a Romney administration, the likelihood of him pushing hard on some bull$#!t theocratic agenda is pretty low on the list.

    December 16, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    ""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," "

    Make us a secular nation? We ARE a secular nation. If we're not, it would mean that we're some form of theocracy. Jefferson would throw his own poop at the GOP if he heard the knid of nonsense they're spewing just to divide the voting public. Nobody wants to take religion out of everything that exists in this country...just out of everything that CONTROLS the country.

    December 16, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "If the ideas and observations of Darwin,"

    I'm sorry, but the only place the GOP enjoys applying the principles of natural selection and survival of the fittest is the economy. Social darwinism is their rule of thumb and they seek to stack the selection process to favor their chosen peoples, classes, races, religions, etc., with everything they do.

    December 16, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    Teapublikans are religious terrorists!!! You want to pray? Go pray in silence in a room. I don't need for anchor, a politician or anyone to tell me when or who to pray to.
    Remember $250M flip flopper. There is more than one god and yours is in the minority!

    December 16, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. miamigrrrl

    Don't pray in our schools, we won't think in your church.

    December 16, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Jake

    that's going to be alot of prayers! because you will have to be inclusive and say a prayer for each student's belief! maybe that time should go towards math and reading?

    December 16, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. politics as usual

    NO ONE prays to Joseph Smith. Where do you people get your information?

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