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Santorum says John F. Kennedy’s historic speech on religion almost made him puke

 

When John F. Kennedy ran for president 52 years ago, one of the challenges he faced was a widespread fear that as a Catholic he would take his political marching orders from the Vatican.

Kennedy confronted the issue head-on with a now-famous speech before a group of Protestant clergymen at a meeting of the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on Sept. 12, 1960.

Kennedy told the gathering:

“I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President who also happens to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my Church on public matters — and the Church does not speak for me.”

He vowed to honor the constitutional principle of separation of church and state and not allow the Catholic hierarchy to dictate public policy to him.

But now, all these years later, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum SAYS he almost barfed at Kennedy’s speech.

Here’s a video of JFK’s historic address:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBNlS8Zg1WA[/youtube]

 

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  1. About Santorum’s comment – Should Church & State Be Separate? New Infographic & Poll. What’s ur Vote? http://www.mapsofworld.com/poll/

  2. Rick makes me want to hurl.

  3. I would not insult the name of John F. Kennedy by mentioning him in the same sentence as.

    Rick Santorum.

    And sir, you are no John Kennedy.

  4. Sam Osborne

    Rick Santorum, you are not worthy enough to clean up JFK’s puke.

    Another past leader, Thomas Jefferson, in support of the separation of church and state proposed that Virginal disestablish the Anglican Church as its religion. When such legislation finally came to be it went beyond protecting those of other Christian belief but also desists, skeptics and those with not religion at all. Later Jefferson viewed his contribution to the statute his greatest contribution.

    A fanatical Santorum like absolutists of Jefferson’s time, William Linn, proclaimed in an anti-Jefferson political pamphlet: “the election of any man avowing the principles of Mr. Jefferson would destroy religion, introduce immorality and loosen all the bonds of society.”

    A tolerant Jefferson maintained: “It does me not injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my legs.”

    One can be assured that Jefferson’s respect for the religious views of others would also make Santorum want to throw up.

  5. What bothers (but really does not surprise) me is that the Church, so quick to take umbrage at Obama’s contraception policy, says nothing to refute Santorum’s many fanatic babblings.

    Doesn’t the Church hierarchy realize that this man is doing a better job of discrediting its legitimacy than any rabid anti-Papist of the long, anti-Catholic past?

    Or are they all too busy passing the basket and covering up for the criminals in their midst?

    Have any polls been taken among practicing Catholics asking them if they approve of Santorum’s many crackpot ideas?

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