POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Rick Santorum says John Kennedy’s 1960 speech about separation of church and state made him “want to throw up”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 27, 2012

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Kennedy promised to keep the Pope out of American politics ... Santorum wants to make radical Catholic values into public policy

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Santorum: Kennedy’s 1960 speech in Houston

made “me want to throw up.”

  • Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Sunday he was sickened by John F. Kennedy’s assurances to Baptist ministers 52 years ago that he would not impose his Catholic faith on them.
  • “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” Santorum, a devout Catholic, said in an interview from Michigan on ABC’s “This Week.”
  • “The First Amendment means the free exercise of religion and that means bringing people and their faith into the public square.”

http://news.yahoo.com/santorum-says-doesnt-believe-separation-church-state-164307440.html

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Here’s what Kennedy said in 1960

that now makes Santorum want to throw up …

(B)ecause I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured — perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in — for that should be important only to me — but what kind of America I believe in.

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,

where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act,

and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote;

where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference;

and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish;

where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source;

where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials;

and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

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LMW COMMENT …

  • You can be sure, when Rick Santorum says he wants to bring religion into the public square, which religion he means.
  • Santorum is radical even for most Catholics, and he seems not to be able to comprehend that others do not share his beliefs.
  • The idea of a state religion belongs to prior centuries. Our founding fathers rejected that idea, and so do most Americans today.
  • Rick Santorum’s views on this subject are disgusting and frightening to most Americans.

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