Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Religious Doctrines

The 1960, Supreme Court decision in Engel vs Vitale ruled it unconstitutional for public schools to allow prayer, even though the prayer was non-denominational and students were allowed to abstain from the exercise.  President Kennedy announced, that he understood many people were angered by the ruling, but that there was “a very easy remedy -not a constitutional amendment but a renewed commitment to pray at home, in the churches and with their families.”

By making the above statement, JFK put to rest the fears, that our first Catholic president was going take his order from the Vatican.

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine was asked by the debate moderator to discuss a time when he struggled to balance his personal faith and public policy position.

Tim Kaine grew up in an Irish Catholic household, and was educated by Jesuits at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City.  He has tries to follow the teachings of his church in his personal life, but he doesn't believe that in a first amendment nation, where we don't raise any religion over the other, and are allowed to worship as we please, that the doctrines of any religion should be mandated for everyone. 

For the former Virginia Governor the hardest struggle in his faith life was that the Catholic Church is against the death penalty, but as governor of a state where there was death penalties for crimes if the jury determined them to be heinous. 

Kaine told voters, that if you elect me I will uphold the law.  He was elected governor, and found it difficult to allow executions to go forward.  He still believes that it’s very important that politicians who have deep-faith lives don't feel that they should be able to substitute their own views for everybody else in society.


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