Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Memories of one of America's greatest people...

  1. #1
    Good Doctor HST Guest

    Memories of one of America's greatest people...

    (article from liberaltopia.com)

    Gentleman Jack speaks about Church and State....


    JFK’s ADDRESS TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS (1960)
    (…)

    " believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute — where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be a 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.

    For, while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew — or a Quaker — or a Unitarian — or a Baptist. It was Virginia’s harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that led to Jefferson’s statute of religious freedom. Today, I may be the victim — but tomorrow it may be you — until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped apart at a time of great national peril.

    Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end — where all men and all churches are treated as equal — where every man has the same right to attend or not to attend the church of his choice — where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind — and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, both the lay and the pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood.

    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 religious group. I believe in a President whose views on religion are his own private affair, neither imposed upon him by the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.

    I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty (nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so). And neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test — even by indirection — for if they disagree with that safeguard, they should be openly working to repeal it.

    I want a chief executive whose public acts are responsible to all and obligated to none — who can attend any ceremony, service or dinner his office may appropriately require him to fulfill — and whose fulfillment of his Presidential office is not limited or conditioned by any religious oath, ritual or obligation.

    This is the kind of America I believe in — and this is the kind of America I fought for in the South Pacific and the kind my brother died for in Europe. No one suggested then that we might have a “divided loyalty,” that we did “not believe in liberty or that we belonged to a disloyal group that threatened “the freedoms for which our forefathers died.”

    And in fact this is the kind of America for which our forefathers did die when they fled here to escape religious test oaths, that denied office to members of less favored churches, when they fought for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom — and when they fought at the shrine I visited today — the Alamo. For side by side with Bowie and Crockett died Fuentes and McCafferty and Bailey and Bedillio and Carey — but no one knows whether they were Catholics or not. For there was no religious test there.

    I ask you tonight to follow in that tradition, to judge me on the basis of fourteen years in the Congress — on my declared stands against an ambassador to the Vatican, against unconstitutional aid to parochial schools, and against any boycott of the public schools (which I attended myself) — and instead of doing this do not judge me on the basis of these pamphlets and publications we have all seen that carefully select quotations out of context from the statements of Catholic Church leaders, usually in other countries, frequently in other centuries, and rarely relevant to any situation here — and always omitting of course, that statement of the American bishops in 1948 which strongly endorsed church-state separation.

    I do not consider these other quotations binding upon my public acts — why should you? But let me say, with respect to other countries, that I am wholly opposed to the state being used by any religious group, Catholic or Protestant, to compel, prohibit or prosecute the free exercise of any other religion. And that goes for any persecution at any time, by anyone, in any country.

    And I hope that you and I condemn with equal fervor those nations which deny it to Catholics. And rather than cite the misdeeds of those who differ, I would also cite the record of the Catholic Church in such nations as France and Ireland — and the independence of such statesmen as de Gaulle and Adenauer.

    But let me stress again that these are my views — for, contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for President [but the candidate] who happens also to be a Catholic.

    I do not speak for my church on public matters — and the church does not speak for me.

    Whatever issue may come before me as President, if I should be elected — on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling, or any other subject — I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be in the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressure or dictate. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise.

    But if the time should ever come — and I do not concede any conflict to be remotely possible — when my office would require me to either violate my conscience, or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office, and I hope any other conscientious public servant would do likewise…"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    America
    Posts
    30,719
    I wish you had the audio for this.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


  3. #3
    Partridge Guest
    Jack Kennedy "one of america's greatest people"? Sorry, I ain't buyin it. Not no way.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    America
    Posts
    30,719
    Quote Originally Posted by Partridge
    Jack Kennedy "one of america's greatest people"? Sorry, I ain't buyin it. Not no way.
    I look at it this way... he had to have been doing something right in order for the powers that be to go through the trouble of killing him.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


  5. #5
    Good Doctor HST Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Gold9472
    I look at it this way... he had to have been doing something right in order for the powers that be to go through the trouble of killing him.
    That's just a great line. Kudos.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    America
    Posts
    30,719
    Quote Originally Posted by Good Doctor HST
    That's just a great line. Kudos.
    Keep it.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


  7. #7
    Partridge Guest
    If two bullys fall out and one kills the other, does that make the dead bully any more righteous? Not in my opinion. Does the fact that Nazi generals tried to take out Hitler make Hitler a good guy (or the pragmatic Nazi generals for that matter)? Do the plots against Roosevelt or Harold Wilson make them good guys?

    The Kennedy administration was responsible for a terrorist war against Cuba. Instead of using his Inaugaral Address (the most important address any President will ever make) to tackle the most issue important facing America in 1961 (ie the Civil Rights Movement and virulent racism endemic in US society) he used it to play the 'Red Card' and told us how Loas and Vietnam were the greatest threats the world had known since Hitler.

    The Soft-Liberals can keep him and their Camelot mythology.

Similar Threads

  1. My Fondest Memories Of Camp OUT NOW
    By Gold9472 in forum 9/11 Justice Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-25-2010, 12:29 PM
  2. My Fondest Memories Of Camp OUT NOW
    By Gold9472 in forum The New News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-25-2010, 12:29 PM
  3. Bad Memories - Video Inside
    By Gold9472 in forum The New News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-02-2008, 10:27 PM
  4. Bad Memories - Video Inside
    By Gold9472 in forum 9/11 Justice Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-02-2008, 10:27 PM
  5. Going Bankrupt: The U.S.'s Greatest Threat
    By Gold9472 in forum The New News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-23-2008, 07:29 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •