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Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

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Source Notes: Source: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, remarks in Bonn, West Germany, at the signing of a charter establishing the German Peace Corps, June 24, 1963.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963, p. 503.This remark may have been inspired by the passage from Dante Alighieris La Comedia Divina, trans. Geoffrey L. Bickersteth, Inferno, canto 3, lines 3542 :by those disbodied wretches who were lothwhen living, to be either blamed or praised. Fear to lose beauty caused the heavens to expelthese caitiffs; nor, lest to the damned they thengave cause to boast, receives them the deep hell.A more modern-sounding translation: They are mixed with that repulsive choir of angels undecided in neutrality. Heaven, to keep its beauty, cast them out, but even Hell itself would not receive them for fear the wicked there might glory over them.Dantes Inferno, trans. Mark Musa, p. 21 .

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 November 22, 1963), often referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. A member of the prominent Kennedy political family, he is considered an icon of American liberalism. During World War II, he served as a naval lieutenant in the Pacific theater and was cited for exceptional bravery for the rescue of his men. Kennedy is the youngest person ever to have been elected president of the United States, at the age of 43. (Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest ever to serve as President of the United States.)

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