“The governor has been invited to The George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas to deliver this address on Thursday, December 6.
“This speech is an opportunity for Governor Romney to share his views on religious liberty, the grand tradition religious tolerance has played in the progress of our nation and how the governor’s own faith would inform his Presidency if he were elected."
“Governor Romney understands that faith is an important issue to many Americans, and he personally feels this moment is the right moment for him to share his views with the nation.”
“Governor Romney personally made the decision to deliver this speech sometime last week.
“While identifying a venue for this address, the campaign consulted with President George H.W. Bush’s office last week about Governor Romney’s decision. President Bush was gracious enough to extend an invitation to deliver the speech at the presidential library.
“The invitation to speak at the presidential library is not an endorsement of Governor Romney’s campaign.
I can only assume that the data-driven Governor is giving this speech as a direct result of evidence of anti-Mormon bigotry against his candidacy. It is sad that America needs a speech like this! But it was sad that America needed a Lincoln to address slavery. I suppose that sometimes you have to acknowledge evil and confront it head on.
I do like the fact that Romney is going to give a speech right before Dobson endorses Huckabee. Dobson may end up looking like a bigot.
Another highlight of the speech will be the introduction by former President Bush. His is not officially an endorsement...but close enough if you ask me. I am sure that the other candidates would love to have Bush introduce them for a speech three weeks before the first primary!
I think that Romney ought to quote Joseph Smith in his speech. Since you are talking about Mormonism, why not quote from its founding leader? The quote that I would use is the following:
The Saints can testify whether I am willing to lay down my life for my brethren.
If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a "Mormon," I am
bold to declare before Heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the
rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or a good man of any other denomination;
for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter-day
Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics, or of any other
denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves.