Ted Kennedy: The Vital Necessity of Church/State Separation – 1983

August 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
It is wisdom like this the man should be remembered for.
clipped from www.examiner.com
Almost a quarter century ago, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy addressed Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Baptist College, and made an eloquent case for the separation of church and state, and for tolerance of people of all faiths and no faith, to an audience who would likely be hostile to the message.

The separation of church and state can sometimes be frustrating for women and men of religious faith. They may be tempted to misuse government in order to impose a value which they cannot persuade others to accept. But once we succumb to that temptation, we step onto a slippery slope where everyone’s freedom is at risk. Those who favor censorship should recall that one of the first books ever burned was the first English translation of the Bible.
President Eisenhower warned in 1953, “Don’t join the book burners…the right to say ideas, the right to record them, and the right to have them accessible to others is unquestioned — or this isn’t America.”

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