When John Fitzgerald Kennedy ran for President of the United States the rap against him by those who didn’t want him elected was that if We elected a Roman Catholic to the Presidency. The Pope would have an influence on Our political system. Of course this was nonsense, and just another example of the hate language used in modern day politics by candidates and their operatives, in the run for office. Today we have perfect examples of multiple cases of religious hatred being used against men running for the Presidency. Obama has been noted for his youthful Muslim schooling, Romney is vilified because he is a Mormon, and Huckabee is both promoted and derided because he was once a Baptist Minister.
In the history of this Country there have been 42 different Religions represented by the occupants of the Oval Office. Just to name a few. There have been 11 Episcopalians beginning with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the two Roosevelt’s and George Bush. There were 10 Presbyterians including such notables as Ronald Reagan, Eisenhower in his later years and Wilson. Five Methodists and 4 Baptists including Carter, Harding Clinton and Truman. There has been one Jehovah’s Witness, Dwight David Eisenhower as a child, and as mentioned just one Catholic despite the fact that over 25% of the United States population claim to be Roman Catholics.
What is the point of all these statistics. It is the quality of the man, and what h /she stands for, and has voted for, that should be the determining factor in deciding whom we should elect to the highest office in Our Country, not his/her religious affiliation. I believe a supporter of the Constitution, and a foreign policy based on the national interest are more important than where he/she goes to Church on Saturday or Sunday!
President JFK had this to say about religion in the Presidency: ”Whatever one’s religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts — including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state. We the voter should ignore the hypocrisy of Religion bating and support and elect the person we believe will keep this Country Great, powerful and Free!