“That pledge says ‘under God.’ I will not take God out of our platform. I will not take God off our coins. And I will not take God out of my heart.” —Mitt Romney, appearing on stage with 9/11 God’s Truther Pat Robertson. [Buzzfeed, via Political Wire]

Our guest columnist is a Seventeenth Century writing committee. President Obama quoted the last line — Luke 12:48 — at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast.

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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“The Tebow mania sweeping the nation sacked a group of Long Island high-school students who were suspended for mimicking the quarterback’s famous prayer pose… Administrators said the weeklong ‘Tebowing’ craze was a distraction and a hallway hazard after dozens of classmates followed their lead.” [NY Post]

“You show me somebody who falls in love with Jesus, and I’ll show you a person who won’t be a problem to society.” —Bay Minette, Alabama, Police Chief Mike Rowland, explaining the town’s new program allowing nonviolent misdemeanor offenders to go to jail or go to church. [TPM]

Joe Nelms thanks God for his smoking’ hot wife in best NASCAR prayer evah!

And Piers Morgan remains defiant about the whole middle class thing.

Georgia congresscritter Paul Broun, delivering the invocation Monday at the Cobb GOP Independence Day Celebration & Bar-B-Q: “Father, there are many who want to destroy us from outside this nation. Folks like al-Qaeda and the radical Islamists. But there are folks that want to destroy us from inside, the progressives and the socialists, who want to make this nation a nation that’s no longer under you, under God, but a nation that’s ruled by man.” [Marietta Daily Journal, via Political Correction]

“Our normally reliable Republican source reports that Mr. Perry has surveyed the field and decided to get in the race later this summer, perhaps around the time of the national prayer meeting that Mr. Perry is hosting on August 6 at a Houston football stadium.” [WSJ, via Political Wire]