Tuesday, December 4, 2007

JFK vs. Bob Dutko

I was reading some other blogs when I came across the speech given by John F. Kennedy concerning his religion. You can read and/or listen to the whole thing, but here's a snippet:
"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 parishoners 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."
Refreshing, isn't it? Compare that to the daily screeds of one Mr. Bob Dutko calling for a "blending" of church and state and calling for the government to enforce religious prohibitions on birth control and abortion.

No wonder so many people liked JFK...

UPDATE: The Carpetbagger has a good take on Romney's speech, calling it the "anti-JFK speech".

1 comment:

John B said...

I understand that Mitt Romney is to make a speech about religion and politics ( probably due to flak over being a Mormon) As was mentioned in previous blogs, the Constitution makes it clear that there is no religious test to hold public office. And most of the candidates usually seem to get religion when running then backslide once in. When is this nation ever going to understand the idea of everyone following his own conscience. Oh I forgot,it's because Bob is one of those dipsticks who don't get it and has a radio program to sprew his crap. My bad.