Saturday, August 29, 2009

MY FAVORITE TED KENNEDY QUOTE

I appreciate the perspective and political manner of Ted Kennedy
The more our feelings diverge, the more deeply felt they are, the greater is our obligation to grant the sincerity and essential decency of our fellow citizens on the other side. . . .
 In short, I hope for an America where neither “fundamentalist” nor “humanist” will be a dirty word, but a fair description of the different ways in which people of good will look at life and into their own souls.
I hope for an America where no president, no public official, no individual will ever be deemed a greater or lesser American because of religious doubt — or religious belief.
 
I hope for an America where the power of faith will always burn brightly, but where no modern inquisition of any kind will ever light the fires of fear, coercion, or angry division.
I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity.

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  1. I never was a huge Ted Kennedy fan, not at all. But it was wonderful watching him become substance free over these past 10-15 years. No more slurred speeches; we got to see the natural intelligence of this man flower once he was alcohol free. When I heard of his illness, this was my regret; that his sober and clear headed time on earth would be cut short. My prayers are with his family.

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