The Effects Of Religion And Morality On The Administrations Of Two Presidents

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Religious beliefs of a state’s society often dictate the operation and behavior of a state, both on the domestic and international scale. States are at the most fundamental level a collection of individuals that cooperate and interact with one another to maintain a stable and functional society within a set geographic boundary. Citizens within states interact with each other and with other states on the global scale. Every interaction is subconsciously driven by the emotions, and religious and moral values of these citizens. In a democracy such as the United States, citizens elect individuals to represent their emotional, religious, and moral beliefs in the decision-making processes involved in inter- and intrastate activities. In America, the highest elected representative is the President, who holds great power and authority in the high priority, federal level decision-making endeavors of the country. This paper will attempt to provide insight into the effects of religion and morality on the administrations of two former U.S. presidents, John F. Kennedy Lyndon B. Johnson.
The election of Kennedy as president in 1960 marked a major turning point in U.S. history. For the first time in American history, a Catholic president was successfully elected to office. There was great controversy among the Protestant majority at the time whether a Catholic president, under the right circumstances, would place the values and virtues of the Roman Catholic Church over that of the nation’s

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