Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Wasatch White House?

During the 1960 campaign, Nixon and the Republicans tried to convince voters that a Kennedy presidency would be a threat to the separation of church and state. Here's part of a speech JFK made two months before the election as he sought to dispel accusations that he was a proxy for the Vatican:
Whatever issue may come before me as President--on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject--I will make my decision... in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise.
Now read this post. As the 2008 campaign approaches, we'll see whether Romney proclaims his own ideological independence from his church. But let's not hold our breath. Times -- and Republicans -- have changed, haven't they?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Mormocrat said...

Being a devout Mormon and a conservative Democrat leave me feeling a bit like the proverbial black sheep. I'm not sure how the church keeps it's tax exempt status what with all the coercion on political matters. Times are good while Bush is in power...

12/15/2006 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a man he was...a great man...a great american...

12/15/2006 10:11 AM  
Blogger Tlaloc said...

I have to say this for the GOP of the time: if Kennedy had been a protestant it never would have been an issue. In other words the GOP hasn't completely reversed itself as the post would seem to indicate. They were bigoted against some religions, and for others, then and the same is true today. All that has changed is they've rearranged which religions they see as good and which as bad. Catholicism is okay now. Islam is bad. Mormonism is up in the air, maybe it gets to be a "good ole boy" and maybe it gets to be "other."

12/15/2006 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

taking orders from the Vatican or Salt Lake City: not sure which is worse.

12/15/2006 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

giving the vatican orders to face mecca and pray...thats power...

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