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Looking Back on Kennedy's 'Houston Speech'

As Mitt Romney prepares to give a widely-anticipated speech about "Faith in America," here are clips of John F. Kennedy's address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, on Sept. 12, 1960 at the Rice Hotel.

"I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant, nor Jewish. Where no public official either requests or accept instructions from the Pope, the National Council of Churches, or any other ecclesiastical source. 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 considered as an act against all."

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation posted this clip:

Here's an extended version of the speech, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

"While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that I believe we have far more critical issues in the 1960 campaign," Kennedy states at the beginning of the speech:

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This interesting clip produced by YouTube user yulacu is a mashup of Kennedy's comments with recent photos suggesting his hope for a Church-State separation does not exist.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  December 6, 2007; 9:00 AM ET Miscellaneous , Mitt Romney , YouTube
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Manu talk about the greatness of Kennedy's speech. What people forget is the question and answer session that followed when he was assailed on specific questions related to his faith and not once was he trapped in double talk.

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