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Romney Suggests Obama Will Remove The Word ‘God’ From U.S. Currency

by David Badash on September 8, 2012

in News,Politics

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Mitt Romney today suggested President Obama will remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency, a direct nod to the Tea Party and to anti-Islam extremists — who for years have been circulating the false claim that the Left is trying to take God off American coinage — and an attempt to capitalize on the Democrats’ unfortunate battle during their convention this past week when President Obama requested they replace “God” back into the Democratic platform.

“That pledge says ‘under God’ and I will not take God out of our platform,” Romney said, after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. “I will not take God off our coins, and I will not take God out of my heart,” Talking Points Memo reported:

In response, Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith called the insinsuation false and an act of desperation.

“It’s disappointing to see Mitt Romney try to throw a Hail Mary by launching extreme and untrue attacks against the President and associating with some of the most strident and divisive voices in the Republican Party, including Rep. Steve King and Pat Robertson,” she said in a statement. “This isn’t a recipe for making America stronger, it’s a recipe for division and taking us backward.”

Buzzfeed‘s McKay Coppins notes that Romney campaigned “alongside televangelist Pat Robertson in front of a loud, flag-waving crowd of about 2,800 here Saturday afternoon, Mitt Romney debuted a revamped stump speech built around the Pledge of Allegiance, patriotism — and God.”

The popular blog Little Green Footballs (LGF) first noted the connection to anti-Islam extremists, pointing Pamela Geller, who founded the blog Atlas Shrugs, and is the head of two anti-Islam certified hate groups, Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI).

LGF today noted, “this dumb conspiracy theory has been circulating on the far right for years. Here’s loony Pamela Geller pushing it in 2007, in her inimitably incoherent style: BOYCOTT GODLESS DOLLAR!!!

Clearly, Romney is either totally ignorant of history, or is comfortable pandering to his party’s far right extremists, throwing them red meat, as he did two weeks ago when he made his birther joke.

 

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{ 15 comments }

Buffy September 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

For people who persistently insist on "tradition", Conservatives seem hell-bent on demanding the US ignore tradition when it comes to the Pledge of Allegiance and our currency. Traditionally neither had any reference to God. If Conservatives were truly about maintaining tradition they'd be glad to ditch Under God and In God We Trust.

gcundiff September 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

As my good friend St, Jerome would say, "Avoid, as you would the plague, a clergyman who is also a man of business." I think this applies to Bishop Romney.

ShadLacour September 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I hope you don't mind, but I am going to borrow this! THANKS! :o)

gcundiff September 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

be my guest :)

Agnus1919 September 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Oh… Willard REALLY wants to go there does he?…… Evangelicals would head for the hills if they realized that he believes…God is a HUMAN who lives on the planet KOLAB….and when Romney die…he will inheit his own planet to rule over……that is the Mormon belief.

EdinOcala September 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Yes lets get the word out about Mormons and their beliefs………if Romney is going to pander to the religious right it is only fair they know what they are getting………

labman57 September 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Mitt needs to get as close to God as possible, because the only way he is going to win in November is through divine intervention.

InvokeRights September 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Can someone show me where Obama said he would take those words off our currency?

Even then, it's not like it would be a BAD thing since the United States has FREEDOM OF RELIGION, so maybe those words might be offensive to some!

* "This message brought to you by "Showing Romney's Ignorance Committee". I am InvokeRights, and I approve this message. :-|

DrJoe916 September 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Romney is clearly delusional. Too much tea?

mishatrotsky September 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

During WWII, Nazi Wehrmacht soldiers wore "Gott Mit Uns" on their belt buckles.

rmucan September 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I think everyone is missing a major point. Why does everyone assume that God is Christian? If I were Wiccan God would be Wiccan, If a Jew he would be Jewish. God is multidenominational so what is the fuss about? Just the observation of someone north of the border.

James_M_Martin September 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

Once again, the party with nothing to offer falls back on the old GOP standby: fear. He's playing to the same people Obama identified when he made the infamous "guns and Bibles" remark. I, for one, don't think "God" even belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance. It violates the First Amendment. But Obama has NO such plans. He is, unfortunately, resolutely Christian. Romney is still playing to the birther anti-Islamic crowd. Having no substantive plans for turning the economy around, he falls back on the social issues that shouldn't even be part of the conversation.

GaelicWench September 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

James says: Having no substantive plans for turning the economy around, he falls back on the social issues that shouldn't even be part of the conversation.

THANK YOU James!! To add in my own simplistic way, "This is what Robme says when he has nothing else to say."

What I find absolutely repugnant about this man is when he responded to Bret Meier's question regarding why there was no mention of Afghanistan during his speech at the RNC. His response? "It's not important." Apparently, he'd paid a visit to a VFW the night previous, so it wasn't necessary to mention the troops in Afghanistan in his speech.

F*ck Wad!

radsenior September 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

We must stay on target during this election cycle. After watching PBS' Frontline about the recession, I'm convinced Obama had more to do with saving the economy and jobs in America than people give him credit for. What is extraordinarily disappointing is Romney continuing his falsehoods about Medicare, his experience at Bain Capital and his not releasing his tax returns as his father did. There has been a steady uptick in jobs production by the private sector even without the direct assistance of the current 112th Congress. Real incomes and wages are not rising due to employer discretion as many are trying to keep their own profitability. Romney's additional trying to hang the jobs numbers on the president is ludicrous as it's the Congress' responsibility to legislate jobs production atmosphere. Romney continues to lie about these issues and is making a mockery of his citizenship!
The TEA-Libertarian-GOP-Republican-Evangelicals command that Ryan and Romney rail against Obama's leadership capabilities and jobs production when e very history book I've read makes the Congressional House responsible for legislating for jobs production and tax code rules and regulations. Ryan and Romney both are spreading pixie dust about rather than speak the truth. President Obama was more specific than Romney on details and Bill Clinton's remarks killed the TEA-Libertarian-GOP-Republican-Evangelical ticket.

Paulhaider74 September 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Mittwit Romney's suggestion that President Obama will remove the word "God" (the invisible and nonexistent old man who is, apparently, living in the sky) from our currency is not as frightening as what Romney would do if he wins the election. Romney wants to replace the non-presidents (Alexander Hamilton and Ben Franklin) on our dollar bills with his favorite non-presidents (Joseph Smith and Brigham Young). Personally, I am in favor of removing in "God" from our currency because I can't trust his existence ever since George W. Bush claimed to be an unwavering and true believer.

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