The History of Presidential Faith

My Examiner article today talks about the importance of a president’s faith and religious preference. It was 50 years ago this past Sunday that JFK spoke about his Catholic faith and his belief in the principle of separating church and state issues.

In doing research for the article, I pulled video clips from JFK (Catholic), Mitt Romney (Mormon) and several by Barrack Obama (Christian who some believe is Muslim) about faith. For the article I was only able to include JFK’s speech but felt these two speeches deserved recognition as well.

One is the speech that Barrack Obama gave this past Easter at the White House prayer service (which some email forwards claim no longer happens). In it, he professes that Jesus is his personal savior and even quotes from one of the gospel’s directly.

The second is the speech 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave in defense of his Mormon faith during the primaries of the presidential election. It was one of the best speeches about his faith, religion in America and about the true principles of the separation of church and state. Romney will likely be a key player in the 2012 presidential election so this subject is bound to come up again. His speech here shows why he will likely be a front-runner again.

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