Note the date of this program has changed to November 17, 2015
Religion in Today’s
John Nichols Author, Journalist, Political Commentator
November 17, 2015
1500 Sunset Blvd. Houston, TX 77005
“I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute . . ..”
–John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1960, addressing the Greater Houston Ministerial Association at the Rice Hotel, Houston, Texas
Fifty-five years ago, then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy famously explained his vision of an America with “a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.”
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Mr. Nichols will discuss the role of religion in presidential politics. Are we closer to Kennedy’s vision, or are we slipping further away?
John Nichols is the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine and associate editor of Madison, Wisconsin’s daily paper Capital Times. Co-founder of Free Press, Mr. Nichols is also an author and co-author of multiple books, including the recently published Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. Mr. Nichols has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, including Thom Hartmann, The Ed Show, and Up with Chris Hayes.
If we are honest - and scientists have to be - we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination. If religion is still being taught, it is by no means because its ideas still convince us, but simply because some of us want to keep the lower classes quiet.
Public prayer is not intended to promote religious values, but to enhance the authority of some churches and some political views over others. Similarly with the posting of the Ten Commandments. It is about power, not about religion. Government by Christian or Islamic or any other faith has rarely been progressive. And the Constitution clearly intends that there should be freedom from religion.