Prior to science, superstition conquered. Aristotle believed that objects in motion slowed because they simply became "tired." God was reason for all, and all was reason for God.
Due to brilliant minds we have emerged from these opaque ages of knowledge. Newton enlightened us with mathematical logic in the 17th century. He also enlightened us with knowledge of optics, because of his spooky connection to nature. Copernicus released us from the restrictions of our ego-centrism of believing that we, with our divine morality and knowledge, were indeed the center of the universe. Galileo was arguably the father of science, creating empirical, scientific study to unleash a novel and formidable fight against the suppression of religion, and specifically, Christianity, in the New World. Now we have, in the 21st century, a strangely familiar fight that has been going on for millennia.
In the United States, a self-proclaiming secular nation, a political candidate simply cannot be voted into office if his religious affiliation is not sufficient with the voting public. Yet, Mitt Romney is a Mormon. To any thinking individual, and learned individual, his religion cannot suffice. I'm sure to any individual reading this now, that any religion shouldn't suffice. But the fact that this religion is so recent makes it even more abhorrent and ludicrous.
Can we allow this?