Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney:
Freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom.
Given the context of Romney’s statements, we can assume he’s referring to organized religion typically characterized by identity and a variety of beliefs. While it’s true that organized religion requires freedom of expression to propagate smoothly, it’s nonsense to claim that freedom requires organized religion.
Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God.
Politically, freedom is the ability to act and express oneself in any way one wishes without interfering with another’s freedom. In short, it’s reasonable self-determination. To define freedom as a mechanism for opening “windows of the soul” and a way to “commune with God” is bizarre rhetoric. While this view is questionable in general, it’s dangerously irrelevant in the context of politics.
Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.
Again, nonsense. One without religion can be just as free (perhaps even more so psychologically) as identifier and/or believer.