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1 JOHN F KENNEDY Address To The Greater Houston Ministerial Association

2 SOAPSTONE

3 SPEAKER : John F Kennedy  Age : 35  Candidate for USA Presidency  35 th president

4 OCCASION  September 12, 1960  John F Kennedy felt his duty to address to the Great Houston Ministerial Association in Houston, Texas that the real issues of the 1960 campaign were not religious issues, although the real issues has been obscured by the so called religious issues.

5 AUDIENCE  Houston Ministerial Association  Skeptical audience of Protestant clergy.

6 PURPOSE  The purpose of John F Kennedy addressing this matter to the Greater Ministerial Association was so he could demonstrate that he believed in an America of religious freedom and tolerance.  He believed in absolute separation of church and state.  Believed that religion should not dictate political policy and politics should not interfere with religion.  Kennedy also believed in religious tolerance he believed in an American president who was not limited due to his religious beliefs.

7  Kennedy did not think Americans should be intrigued with his religious views and beliefs of others.  Should have been intrigued with the bigger issues such that he said” The humiliating treatment of our President and Vice President by those who no longer respect our power, the hungry children I saw in West Virginia, the old people who cannot pay their doctors bills, the families forced to give up their farms, an America with too many slums, with too few schools, and too late to the moon and outer space.  These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues-- for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barrier.”

8 SUBJECT  The subject of this speech was to inform the Greater Ministerial Association and Americans that the campaign of 1960 should not be about religious issues but in stead of the real and serious issues that were going around the world such as the cold war tensions between the United states and the Soviet Union.

9 TONE  Concise “While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that we have far more critical issues to face in the 1960 election”  Clear “These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues”  Passionate “ For without reservation, I can "solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, so help me God.”

10 ETHOS  Ethos Candidate for presidency “I ask you tonight to follow in that tradition, to judge me on the basis of my record of 14 years in Congress” “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic.”

11 PATHOS “This is the kind of America I believe in, and this is the kind I fought for in the South Pacific, and the kind my brother died for in Europe. ” ”The humiliating treatment of our president and vice president by those who no longer respect our power; ” America He believes in. “Separation of churches and state is absolute” “Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end”

12 LOGOS  “The humiliating treatment of our president and vice president by those who no longer respect our power; the hungry children I saw in West Virginia; the old people who cannot pay their doctor bills; the families forced to give up their farms; an America with too many slums, with too few schools, and too late to the moon and outer space”  “This is the kind of America I believe in, and this is the kind I fought for in the South Pacific, and the kind my brother died for in Europe. ”  when they fought for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom; and when they fought at the shrine I visited today, the Alamo. ”

13 CONCLUSION  John J Kennedy with this speech hoped to make the Houston Ministerial Association understand that his religion would not interfere with his presidency if elected.  “Solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, so help me God.” 


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