Q&A: Did Richard Nixon have a religious side?

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  • Lone Eagle Aurora, CO
    June 1, 2017 8:25 a.m.

    Since a person's religion is, to be simple, a set of values, everyone has a religion, even Richard M. Nixon.

  • BobbyPaluga Austin, TX
    May 29, 2017 3:34 a.m.

    It's hard for those under 45 to see what national politics were at one time, statesmen, not divisive people who view those on the the opposite side as being irresponsible ideologues, or a bit dim.
    In 5th grade, back in the 60's, I gave a report about Everett Dickson, Republican senator from Illinois. He didn't insult the Democrats, he worked with them and pointed out the good things and good people who were working together. He had nothing negative to say about the opposition, Jerry Ford was much the same way. Today it's Sen. Paul, Cruz, Reid, and Boxer insulting each other.
    Nixon seemed to work together with the Dems to get the work of the people done, today we have a quagmire of all talk no action.
    Religion is tricky in politics, are connections phony or from the heart? Are truly religious leaders better leaders than those who are not? Not from where I sit. Would Nixon be part of the GOP Dog and Pony show speaking at Liberty University commencements? Not likely. Trump looked silly trying to link himself to Evangelical Christians who have a polar opposite set of values

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    May 27, 2017 7:07 p.m.

    Richard Nixon: The man who would be king.

    Fortunately it was discovered before it was too late that indeed, the emperor had no clothes.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 27, 2017 7:49 a.m.

    @jsf;
    "Apparently, "thou shalt not steal" and "thou shalt not bear false witness" were parts he didn't believe in. Could you include such as Obama and Hillary in that statement."

    Reading comprehension 101- this article is about Richard Nixon and his scandalous Presidency.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 26, 2017 3:26 p.m.

    There were things to like about Nixon, but his doings in southeast Asia were positively evil. Religious or not, nothing makes up for that.

    That said, Vietnam was very much "Kennedy's baby." Regarding the assassination of Diem under Kennedy, Bill Colby's wife described with horror the process of killing Diem in the afternoon and praying for his soul in the evening.

    The Vietnam war discredits the memories of Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon altogether.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    May 26, 2017 3:11 p.m.

    Apparently, "thou shalt not steal" and "thou shalt not bear false witness" were parts he didn't believe in. Could you include such as Obama and Hillary in that statement.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    May 26, 2017 10:16 a.m.

    I remember hearing Nixon speak at the Smith Fieldhouse at BYU after he lost the 1960 election, and before he was elected President in 1968. The one thing I remember was he said he was on the debate team at Whittier College, and had been at BYU before at a debate contest. He impressed me as a very good public speaker.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 26, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    Guess he was a cafeteria religious person, you know pick and choose the parts of the bible that you like and ignore the rest. Apparently, "thou shalt not steal" and "thou shalt not bear false witness" were parts he didn't believe in.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 26, 2017 8:03 a.m.

    I saw an interview from Fox about trumps' visit with the Pope and one commentator noted that both trump and the Pope were 'men of god'. I reviewed the Access Hollywood tape to remind myself what that would sound like.
    Nixon, too, may have sought relief or comfort in religion. I wonder if it was really, as I once heard on the Simpsons, "Prayer...the last refuge of a scoundrel".