…several hundred years down the line and all of a sudden there are “experts” telling us what the founders meant to say about the separation of church and state…Sarah thinks U.S. law should be based on the Ten Commandments, but if that were so, wouldn’t someone who seems to have no regard for “Thou shalt not bear false witness” find themselves in a bit of a bind?…Ah technicalities…another instance of: do I say, not as I do.



Ah, for the wisdom of John F. Kennedy when he spoke to a group of Protestant ministers on the issue of his religion, Sept. 12, 1960! His words are as relevant today as they were then, especially for those who believe otherwise (such as Sarah Palin):

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…

It would benefit each and everyone to read President Kennedy’s entire speech that ended like this:

…without reservation, I can “solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, so help me God.

Now that’s leadership with intelligence!


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