Secular group gives Romney a failing grade

From Raw Story:

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Secular Coalition for America on Tuesday released a presidential candidate scorecard, rating the candidates’ public statements and actions in five categories.

“This scorecard shows that our current politicians still have a long way to go in protecting the secular values that America was founded on,” said Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received a failing grade, while President Barack Obama received a “C.” Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson received the highest grade, a “B,” and Green Party candidate Jill Stein received an “incomplete.”

The Secular Coalition for America noted that Romney has insisted the United States is a Christian nation, and thinks the concept of the separation of church and state has been taken “well beyond its original meaning.” Romney has also said his faith would inform his decision as president, was a supporter of the controversial Blunt Amendment, fought for abstinence-only sex education, and promoted government funding for faith-based organizations.

However, Romney earned two individual “A” grades and some “C” grades. The GOP candidate has said that nonbelievers can be just as moral as believers. He has also said he would be willing to appoint an atheist or agnostic judge, and that evolution — not creationism — should be taught in science classes.

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