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When Massachusetts Democrat John F. Kennedy ran for president of the United States against Richard Nixon in 1960, a lot was made of his religion. Kennedy was the first catholic to become the nation's president.
In September of 1960, Kennedy addressed the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. An exerpt from his speech reads:
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, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote--where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference--and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.
Today, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is among the front-runners in the republican primary. Romney, if elected, would be the first Mormon to become president.
Should a political candidate's religious believes be a factor in the election process?