“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth– persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

If the Right is allowed to quote and idolize Uncle Ronnie, I see no reason not to do the same with John Kennedy:

“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 how 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.”

–presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, September 12, 1960

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