Kennedy on Religion

7 Dec

No video, no speech speaks more to me about the separation of Church and State like the one given by John F. Kennedy in 1960 to the Houston Ministers.

That is the kind of America in which I believe. And it represents the kind of Presidency in which I believe, a great office that must be neither humbled by making it the instrument of any religious group nor tarnished by arbitrarily withholding it — its occupancy from the members of any one religious group. I believe in a President whose views on religion are his own private affair, neither imposed upon him by the nation, nor imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.

These were the “good times” in American politics. When a candidate spoke freely about a volatile issue without parsing it into oblivion. When a candidate is not forced to side with those who would seek to position America into two camps of secularists and Christianists. Courage and integrity were on display that night in 1960, will it ever be so again?

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