In a speech at a Christian university Jeb Bush â€“ in vast contrast to a speech delivered by fellow Catholic JFK â€“ said he would let his religious beliefs influence how he governs.
It is perhaps a stunning marker on the timeline of religious control of the United States.
Fifty-five years ago then-Senator John F. Kennedy, facing a nation fearing religious control of the White House and a nation that had never elected a Roman Catholic as president, was forced to deliver a speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association to reassure the Protestant ministers, and American voters, that he was a strong believer in the separation of church and state and that he would never let his faith govern him as he governed the country.
“I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party candidate for president who also happens to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my Church on public mattersÂ â€“ and the Church does not speak for me,” Kennedy told the solemn and skeptical audience.Â
“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 for whom 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,” Kennedy promised.
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.
For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jewâ€” or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist. It was Virginia’s harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson’s statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you â€” until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.
Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end; where all men and all churches are treated as equal; where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice; where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind; and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood.
That is the kind of America in which I believe. And it represents the kind of presidency in which I believe â€” a great office that must neither be humbled by making it the instrument of any one religious group, nor tarnished by arbitrarily withholding its occupancy from the members of any one religious group. I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.
Compare those now almost sacred words to the promise Kennedy’s fellow Roman Catholic Jeb Bush made today, while speaking also to a religious group: Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, where he delivered the keynote address at this morning’s commencement.
“I am asked sometimes whether I would ever allow my decisions in government to be influenced by my Christian faith,â€ Bush told the group of 34,000. “Whenever I hear this, I know what they want me to say. The simple and safe reply is, ‘No. Never. Of course not.’ If the game is political correctness, thatâ€™s the answer that moves you to the next round. The endpoint is a certain kind of politician weâ€™ve all heard before â€“ the guy whose moral convictions are so private, so deeply personal, that he even refuses to impose them on himself.”
Image: Screenshot via Liberty University/YouTube
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Trump Reverses on Illegal Hosting of G-7 at His Own Resort – Blames ‘Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility’
President Donald Trump late Saturday night finally reversed his decision to host the G-7 at his Doral Miami resort in June of 2020. Ignoring numerous Republican lawmakers, legal experts, and bipartisan condemnation of his unconstitutional and illegal decision the president instead blamed the “Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility.”
….Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019
Curiously, Trump announced his administration would “begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”
But on Thursday Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a rare White House briefing that the administration had conducted an exhaustive search for the best space to host the G-7 leaders, and fairly decided Trump’s Doral Miami resort was “perfect.”
Mulvaney went so far as to claim the White House had looked at 12 locations, including two in Utah, but decided on the Doral.
He also preemptively refused to release any emails or other items documenting the search process.
But if an actual search had been conducted, it would make sense to simply announce the 2020 G-7 would be held at the next “best” locale. Instead, Trump announced a new search would be conducted.
Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’
‘Bro Tweeted Out an Ad’
After tremendous public and private bipartisan condemnation of his decision to host the 2020 G-7 at his own Miami resort President Donald Trump Saturday night appeared to be laying the groundwork of reversing the unconstitutional and illegal decision.
In an insane series of tweets the president did what he always does: blamed the media for holding his feet to the fire in accurately reporting the consequences of his actions.
“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” Trump tweeted, adding that “each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”
Also going “crazy” are Republicans and legal experts.
Should Trump host the G-7 at any of his properties he would reportedly be violating at least one if not several laws, and the U.S. Constitution.
Many quickly took to Twitter to express their condemnation yet again.
bro tweeted out an ad lmao https://t.co/EQfDBXjNfs
— Beckett (@Beckarumba) October 20, 2019
i ThOuGhT i WaS dOiNg SoMeTHiNg VeRy GoOd FoR oUr COuNtRy By UsInG tRuMp nAtIoNAl DoRaL, iN mIaMi, FoR HOsTiNg ThE g-7 LeAdErS. iT iS bIg, GrAnD, on HUnDrEdS oF aCrEs, NeXT tO mIaMi InTerNatIoNaL aIRporT, hAs TrEmEnDoUs BaLlROoMs & MeEtInG rOoMs, AnD eAcH dElEgAtIoN wOulD hAvE… https://t.co/d2PokaRegi
— dONaLd j. tRuMP 🇸🇴 (@realSpongeTrump) October 20, 2019
I have used
you had probably
it is conspicuous
and avarice https://t.co/0VJpE6rXJ5
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) October 20, 2019
Dude is just literally advertising his hotel right now. https://t.co/353STP5hUT
— Vincent Rivas-Flores (@vincentrivasfl) October 20, 2019
It’s official. Donny Trump is an idiot. An amoral unethical entitled stupid person with serious psychological problems.
What a mess. https://t.co/N8lFIILp66
— Not On My Watch (@NotOnMyWatch9) October 20, 2019
You’re corrupt as fuck. Everyone knows it whether they are in denial or not. https://t.co/EFKzEya02n
— Ghost of Poe 👻 (@BenStancliff) October 20, 2019
2 words… EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE https://t.co/ZGZwiK6w0R
— Dan in the Midwest (@ray_gull) October 20, 2019
You thought wrong https://t.co/Oh3TmuMjBR
— Marion Eicker (@EickerMarion) October 20, 2019
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“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.
“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”
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