Leave it to Mitt Romney and our reconstructive 21st century to rewrite the New Testament as a legal brief.

Romney wants to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, etc. He says it like this:

“Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions,” Romney told an audience at the George Bush Presidential Library. “Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin.”

So does this mean Romney supports fetal stem-cell research?

As the Post’s Dan Balz noted, the Republicans’ Christian base forced Romney to two-step (tough while kneeling) around the issue of eschewing his religion while still appealing to the religious.

Some things never change.

Way back when John Kennedy was running for president, my neighbor (a distant older cousin married to a Presbyterian minister) said she and her family would flee America if the heathen were elected.

Religion has been the bane of humankind for, well, pretty much since homo became sapien.

In the Middle East, religion is the reason to live and die. The openness of its influence is in stark contrast to our politicos’ attempted subtle zeal. (Oxymoron, anyone?)

There, it’s a big boulder in the marketplace. Here, a stone in the shoe so insidious it affects the nation’s path. The Founders would have quite a chuckle and then a stiff shot of bourbon. Romney, of course, can’t follow suit.