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Baptist leader supports Santorum critique of JFK 'Houston speech'

February 29, 2012

R. Albert Mohler, Jr, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, sides with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in his critique of the famous “Houston speech” by President John F. Kennedy.

Santorum has come under heavy fire for his statement that when he read the text of Kennedy’s address on church-state relations, “I almost threw up.” Mohler has come to his defense:

Santorum should have avoided gastrointestinal references in his comments, and he clearly missed some of the careful nuances of Kennedy’s speech, but his criticism of Kennedy’s argument is both timely and essentially right.

Kennedy promised to separate religion from politics entirely, Mohler argues. Such an approach is neither possible nor desirable.


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  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 29, 2012 5:57 PM ET USA

    Kennedy's speech was clearly political pandering to the secular leftists in the Democrat party. Kennedy opened the door for the leftists and they used the opening to convince Americans of the "separation of church and state", a nonexistent constraint on religion. Fortunately, the Obama administration has opened the door to debate freedom of religion with his mistaken "compromise" on Obamacare contraception. Hopefully, we can restore religious discussion to the public square.