Role of faith, family emphasized at Republican convention
Prominent members of the Republican Party highlighted faith and family values as being intrinsic to America’s identity as a nation at the party’s 2012 national convention.
America is unique as a country because it “was founded on the principle that every person has God-given rights” and that people should be free, said Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Aug. 30.
Rubio – a Catholic – was among the party leaders who spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in recent days.
He explained that America stands out because it is united as a country “not by a common race or ethnicity,” but “by common values.”
These values include the conviction that “family is the most important institution in society” and that “almighty God is the source of all we have,” he said.
“Our national motto is ‘In God we Trust,’ reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all,” he added.
Americans are “a blessed people,” enjoying opportunities beyond those experienced by most nations throughout human history, Rubio said. He contrasted the American experience of freedom with that of Cuba, which his parents left in order to seek a better life in the U.S.
Rubio described the 2012 election as “a choice about what kind of country we want America to be” and whether the nation will apply “the principles of our founding to solve the challenges of our time.”
While the GOP convention was focused heavily on the struggling economy and millions of unemployed Americans, matters of faith and values were also raised by several speakers. [More]