|Harding at 17 (Public Domain)|
With details of Warren G. Harding’s extramarital affairs being splattered throughout national news outlets, isn’t it time to switch gears from his alleged love of women to his alleged love of God?
Wikipedia tells us that Harding’s paternal ancestors were “mostly ardent Baptists,” and that his mother was “a devout Methodist.” Both parents practiced medicine, and Harding himself was a journalist.
Harding was known for his racial and religious tolerance. During the 1920s, “an age of severe racial intolerance,” Harding made it a point to advocate for the civil rights of African Americans. He appointed some African Americans to federal positions, and supported the federal anti-lynching Dyer Bill. Harding also appointed well-known Jewish and Catholic leaders to high-ranking positions, and was in favor of “a Jewish homeland in Palestine.”
Adherents.com lists Harding's religion as “Baptist,” and offers these quotes from his speeches:
It is my conviction that the fundamental trouble with the people of the United States is that they have gotten too far away from Almighty God. (1920)
In the experiences of a year of the Presidency, there has come to me no other such unwelcome
impression as the manifest religious intolerance which exists among many of our citizens. I hold it to be a menace to the very liberties we boast and cherish. (1922)
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