John Kerry on Faith
An ongoing collection of quotes from Kerry about faith, his relationship with God, religion & politics, and more.
--Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, AZ, October 13, 2004
"With faith in God and with conviction in the mission of America, I believe that we can reach higher. I believe we can do better. I think the greatest possibilities of our country - our dreams and our hopes - are out there just waiting for us to grab onto them."--Third Presidential Debate, Tempe, AZ, October 13, 2004
"And let me say it plainly: in that cause, and in this campaign, we welcome people of faith. America is not us and them. I think of what Ron Reagan said of his father a few weeks ago, and I want to say this to you tonight: I don't wear my own faith on my sleeve. But faith has given me values and hope to live by, from Vietnam to this day, from Sunday to Sunday. I don't want to claim that God is on our side. As Abraham Lincoln told us, I want to pray humbly that we are on God's side. And whatever our faith, one belief should bind us all: The measure of our character is our willingness to give of ourselves for others and for our country."--Speech at the Democratic National Convention, Boston, MA, July 29, 2004
"I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America."
--Interview in the Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald, July 2004
"The Scriptures say: 'It is not enough, my brother, to say you have faith, when there are no deeds.' We look at what is happening in America today and we say: Where are the deeds?"
--Speech at New Northside Baptist Church, St. Louis, March 28, 2004