In Kennedy's Footsteps

(By Ted Powers -- Associated Press)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Forty-seven years ago, another presidential candidate chose Texas as the site of his address on faith and politics. Here is an excerpt from John F. Kennedy's speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on Sept. 12, 1960.

"But because 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."

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