Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told a folks gathered at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington D. C. this morning that he opposes the notion that when there is a conflict of ideas that "people of faith must yield."
"We can create a government that is the servant not the master of our destiny," said Bush.
On Monday, Bush formally entered the 2016 presidential campaign. Many evangelical conservatives in the GOP believe that Bush is too moderate to be the party's standard bearer. Bush appeared to be once again trying to assure these voters that he will fight for their interests.
"Faith is really the moral foundation of our country," Bush told the gathering. He then went on to talk about Terri Schiavo, traditional marriage, abortion, and his conversion to Catholicism.
"I stood on the side of Terri Schiavo and her parents," said Bush, who used extraordinary although ultimately unsuccessful measures to prevent her husband from allowing her feeding tube to be removed. Doctors said she was in a permanent vegetative state.
On same sex marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court, Bush said , "We should not put aside those who believe in traditional marriage."
Bush added, "in a country like ours we should recognize the power of a man and a woman" loving their children.
"I don't know what was on the mind or the heart of the man" who shot up the church in Charleston”
Bush talked about signed a law banning partial birth abortion and requiring minors to get parental consent before having an abortion. Bush said he was "shocked" that parents did not have a role in minors having an abortion
"How strange in our time today to hear that our faith and our moral traditions spoken of as some kind of backwards or oppressive force." said Bush.
About the shooting in Charleston S.C., Bush said: “I don't know what was on the mind or heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes but I do know what was in the heart of the victims. They were meeting in brotherhood and sisterhood in that church.
"In times of great national mourning, people of faith, all of us, must come together and at least reflect on this and fortify our strength, love of Christ, love of God, to be able to continue to go forth."