September 15, 2012

Your religion cannot stop me from choosing. Your religion cannot deny science and facts. Your religion cannot guide my country.

Do you remember what Senator John F. Kennedy said in 1960, speaking to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association? “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 Catholic) how to act… I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish – where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source…”

I don’t want to know about the religious faith of any candidate for any office or the religion of any public official. I am offended when I hear elected officials say, “God bless America.” Enough. Separate church and state.

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About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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