September 1st, 2010
12:44 PM ET
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Santorum to challenge Kennedy speech in Texas

Santorum will take on one of JFK's most famous speeches next week.
Santorum will take on one of JFK's most famous speeches next week.

(CNN) - As he contemplates a run for president, Rick Santorum has decided to take on the premise of one of President John F. Kennedy's most famous speeches.

The former Pennsylvania senator, who lost his reelection bid in 2006 and has expressed interest in running for the White House, will deliver a speech in Houston, Texas next week titled "A Charge to Revive the Role of Faith in the Public Square."

The speech, to be delivered at the University of St. Thomas, is being billed as a challenge to the speech Kennedy delivered in Houston 50 years ago, during which the then-senator and presidential candidate famously addressed concerns about his Catholicism.

In the now-historic speech in which he sought to quell concerns the dictates of his religion would influence his decision making, Kennedy articulated a view of complete separation of church and state.

"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," said Kennedy then.

Among other destinations, Santorum's recent travel has taken him to Iowa and New Hampshire – the two states that kick off the presidential nominating process.


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  1. Bob, Virginia

    And then Scumbag Santorum will give us his views on man-on-dog sex.

    September 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. indyreader

    Dominionists like Santorum need to be kept out of government for everyone's good. Ya think the reactionary religious divisiveness and the endless wrangling of the courts dealing with church/state issues that should never have become issues in the first place are bad now – you don't even wanna know how ugly things will get if a mental midget like this guy gets back into a position to craft legislation. It's obvious that Santorum and his fellow regressives just want to take us back into the past.

    Folks, it's not an "originalist" vs. interpretationalist theoretical argument any more, re the Constitution: We are a diverse society now – it's just a fact. The job of government has to be to provide the best environment, the most freedom, for ALL citizens, EQUALLY, here and now. It makes no difference that the founding fathers were Deist (kinda-sorta Christian, basically, though not so similar to today's Christians as they seem to think) – things will be better the less the government has to keep one religion off the neck of another, and that's just not possible the more one religion tries to set up shop within the government.

    September 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. blarkin

    what has happened to this great country when a ex corrupt (jack abramoffs bag man ) senator thinks he can run as President with this load of crap.Hopefully the american voter is not as gulible as he thinks they are.

    September 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Jack Taylor in NYC

    So, what does this "Santorum" want? Christian sharia? Shall we start stoning adulterers.

    You are no Kennedy, you are just "Santorum".

    September 1, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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