My question is very simple. Should religion be kept out of government?
John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic president, and he said, “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.” In the recent presidential campaign, Mitt Romney was a Mormon, and gave a speech in Virginia in which he said, “I will not take God out of the name of our platform. I will not take God off our coins and I will not take God out of my heart,” Romney said to loud cheers. “We’re a nation that’s bestowed by God.” These are two examples of the different sides of the debate. Again I ask, should we allow religion to influence the state?
Posted: August 13th 2013