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  1. I was quite young, but I do remember that Kennedy's religion was used as a scare tactic, and that I didn't understand why. I still don't.

    My best friend at the time was Catholic, and she was okay, so what was the big deal? Among the two of us and our parents and siblings and friends, we none of us ever figured out why being Catholic would disqualify anyone from doing something. So we dropped the subject and refused to return to it. We had the evidence of our own experiences, and we all just decided that the scare tactics were so much garbage.

    I think that was my first brush with bigotry. And having worked out for myself that it was a load of crap, I've never let myself get suckered by it. No one's religion or ethnicity or culture is the sole defining feature of their character. And those who claim otherwise need to be brought up short.

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