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.
When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.
Do you tell me that the Bible is against our rights? Then I say that our claims do not rest upon a book written no one knows when, or by whom. Do you tell me what Paul or Peter says on the subject? Then again I reply that our claims do not rest on the opinions of any one, not even on those of Paul and Peter ... Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human to rights, are nothing but dead letters.
We owe a faith to the world and to ourselves. We owe a grace and gratitude to things that have brought us here. But I think it's a very important to say, 'Well, for everything, God has a plan.' That's like an excuse. Maybe the real faithful act is to commit to something, to take action, as opposed to saying, 'Well, everything is in the hand of God.'"