This is a must watch for all Christians - Faith in Public Life and Politics

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The article and video below are important for Americans to read and to watch whether you are Catholic, Baptist or anything else.

 

JFK's Religion Speech ‘Sincere, Compelling, Articulate - and Wrong' 

"Fifty years ago in Houston, John F. Kennedy declared in a famous speechto Protestant ministers that his Catholic faith would not influence the public policy decisions he made as President. But Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput told an audience at Houston Baptist University on Monday that Americans of all faiths are still "paying for the damage" from a speech that was "sincere, compelling, articulate - and wrong."

"Real Christian faith is always personal, but it's never private," said Chaput. "And we need to think about that simple fact in light of an anniversary."

 

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Rainmaker
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Hugh Krone
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Alice I really do have a problemwith "stealth Christians"
Mar 04, 2010 07:22 AM #1
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Alice Linahan
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Hugh,

I am not exactly sure what you mean by "Stealth Christians".

Mar 04, 2010 11:36 AM #2
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Kathryn Sparks
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Alice,

Whether one is a Catholic, or a Christian of any denomination, or a person of whatever religion, they should not be ashamed to say that they are exactly that.  I believe that the Constitution allows for that.

I do remember, although I was very young at the time, how people expressed concerns about how Kennedy would be influenced by the Pope and how our Country would be run by the Vatican.  Even as a young child, these concerns and this concept seemed absurd to me.

Nonetheless, Kennedy did need to address them and, obviously, he did.

Did this concern and his response heard in this famous speech set the Country on the wrong path?  I do not know.

However, I do believe that Kennedy was untrue to himself and not representative of the average person.

If there is a conflict between the laws of ones country and the teachings of ones religion, then which of the two should that person follow?

A true believer of a given religion would follow the teachings of his religion, or God, versus the laws of his country, or man.

Since from the founding of our Country and well into the 20th century the leaders were of a Christian background, there generally was not a conflict.

In the modern day, our Country has become heavily influenced by liberal thinking, which wants to isolate religion as much as possible from government.

Certainly, there is an uproar about this, because the majority of the Country is still Christian, which makes it look like the efforts of the liberals are actually an attack on Christians.

I believe that these liberals are trying to more closely adhere to the constitution, rather than to actually attack the Christians.

However, I further believe that the extreme liberals, also, do not believe in any God, and hence tend to have a disdain for Christians.

I count Barack Obama among the extreme liberals and, while he states that he is a Christian, I do not believe that this elitist thinker believes for one second that there is a God.

Although, I know that I have not cleared things up about this issue, I hope that I have put some sort of perspective upon it.

Mar 05, 2010 06:51 AM #3
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