JFK on Religious Freedom

President Kennedy faced criticism and supspicion about his Catholic faith when he ran for the presidency. In a speech to Protestant ministers, JFK warned that if prejudice towards Catholics was tolerated it would lead to an undermining of religious freedom for other groups. “For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed,” Kennedy said, “in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew— or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist.”