The details surely have changed, but the spirit of JFK's remarks to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association during the 1960 campaign ring as true, and apparently, sadly, remain just as required, as they did then.
Rather than defensively deny what amounts to an allegation of being Muslim, Obama, instead, ought to have cribbed this line from Kennedy: "So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in — for that should be important only to me — but what kind of America I believe in."
Let me just add that, in this, I have a particularly personal interest. I am a non-Christian myself. To use Obama's phraseology, I have been a "committed Buddhist" for a number of years. My faith means much to me, has seen me through quite a lot, and I believe the world is a better place for having available the teachings of the Buddha. Although I have no interest in pursuing any elective office, it pains me to think that avenue is closed to me simply because I do not worship Jesus Christ.
In the midst of the current anti-Muslim hysteria, let me close, simply, with another prescient passage from Kennedy's Houston speech:
For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew— or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist. It was Virginia's harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson's statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you — until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.