Good ol’ Santo Rum is disgusted by JFK. Not for the reasons you’d think, like the affaird with the 19-year-old intern or the Marilyn Monroe fling. Nope, he’s grossed out to the point of vomiting over a JFK speech about the separation of Church and State.
To be clear, here is what JFK had to say on the matter back in 1960:
“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 a Catholic) how to act and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote. … I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish … where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials — and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.”
All sounds like something totally reasonable, right? No religious institution (if the President is affiliated with a religion) should govern the President’s actions, and no specific set of religion based morals should be pushed upon the country. That’s really the gist of it. The country has no official religion, at least that’s what John Adams said in the Treaty of Tripoli, “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion, -”
But in the land of the crazy – you know, where Rick lives – this means something completely different. To him it means people of faith are just supposed to sit quietly, and that makes him sick:
“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion. That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square. … To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?”
Sit down dude. Then tell me where JFK said any of that. Then tell me, if we don’t allow faithy people to step up and speak, then how am I even listening to you? What you’re fundamentally failing to understand is that you yourself keep violating the First Amendment. First off, by asking Obama where his Christian values were? Then, by consistently stating that you’re trying to bring Christian values “back” to the country. By making your whole image about Christianity, you bring the implication that you want to establish an official religion.
And then he rambles back to the whole birth control debate. “…from the president, someone who is now trying to tell people of faith that you will do what the government says, we are going to impose our values on you, not that you can’t come to the public square and argue against it.” Sir, it’s been made clear that absolutely no catholic orgs will have to do this. And if he wants to talk about freedom? Catholic businesses employ non-Catholic people and people with no religious affiliation at all… So by not allowing them access to health care based on their own morals… isn’t this imposing their beliefs on the employees?
Please though, if Ricky does lose his lunch, please make sure someone catches it on tape. It would make for an awesome campaign video.