5 Ways Democrats Mythologize JFK
3) JFK would be at home in today’s secularist Democratic Party.
For Kennedy, communism was not just an evil ideology but evil because of its godlessness. As Ira Stoll points out in his enlightening new contrarian book JFK: Conservative, the religion-themed speeches he gave would today sound startling coming from anyone but the most conservative Republicans, and certainly no Democrat is ever heard speaking this way any more. In a 1955 speech at Assumption College, Kennedy said,
Religion is not simply a weapon -- it is the essence of the struggle itself. The Communist leaders do not fear the phraseology of religion….what they fear is the profound consequences of a religion that is lived and not merely acknowledged. They fear especially man’s response to spiritual and ethical stimuli, not merely material. A society which seeks to make the worship of the State the ultimate object of life cannot permit a higher loyalty, a faith in God, a belief in a religion that elevates the individual, acknowledges his true value and teaches him devotion and responsibility to something beyond the here and now.”