The 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s historic speech

Dr. Gary Scott Smith writing at The Center for Vision & Values: “This September 12 marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s historic speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in which he countered religious objections to his candidacy and promised to honor the separation of church and state . . . Kennedy insisted that no Catholic prelate should tell a Catholic president how to act and that no Protestant minister should tell his parishioners for whom to vote . . . Religious bodies must not try to impose their ‘will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials.’”