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  •  Funny you should choose to use a Kennedy graphic (15+ / 0-)

    to embellish this diary... because for those of us old enough to remember these things, here's a couple of quotes from a speech he gave to the Greater Houston (Texas! of all places) Ministerial Association on 12 September, 1960:

    “But let me stress again that these are my views. For contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me.”
    And this:
    “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.”
    And these comments were made at the height of the "cold war", a few years after a scared Congress, threatened by the imaginary prospect of "...a commie around every corner" insisted on stamping deity acknowledgement on our currency to show the world that we thought of ourselves as a 'God-fearing nation".

    How easily this country was buffaloed into secular-based political nonsense in such a short time by the snake oil salesmen of the republican party, the John Birch Society and their neocon offshoots. Just goes to show how the majority of voters in this country are so profanely gullible and vain that they could let both their temporal and spiritual liberty fall into the hands of such vulgar cretins.

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