Walker and Santorum’s policies stand in sharp contrast to the position of President John F. Kennedy.
During the 1960 campaign, anti-Catholic prejudice threatened to derail Kennedy’s presidential hopes, with accusations that Kennedy’s allegiance to the Pope in Rome would supersede his responsibilities to the American people. In what has long been considered a watershed speech, Kennedy directly addressed the issue in remarks in Houston.
As one teacher “unapologetically explained” to the study’s researchers, “If you don’t believe in God, sorry about that, but it’s a religious school and I’m going to talk about it.”
The study went on to note that the staff at explicitly religious voucher schools “openly acknowledge their religiosity [and] tend to expect students to accept that religion as a major aspect of their school experience.”