Saturday, January 9, 2010
"..I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots."
I know this is an older news article however the tone in Washington hasn't changed over the past 10-15 years so how 'bout we grab our torches and pitch-forks (metaphorically speaking of course) and lets drive all the bigots, racists, anti-Semites and homophobes out of Washington once & for all....
President George Bush Senior: "I don't know that Atheists should be considered as patriots, nor should they be considered as Citizens."
When George Bush was campaigning for the presidency, as incumbent vice-president, one of his stops was in Chicago, Illinois, on August 27, 1987. At O'Hare Airport he held a formal outdoor news conference. There Robert I. Sherman, a reporter for the American Atheist news journal, fully accredited by the state of Illinois and by invitation a participating member of the press corps covering the national candidates, had the following exchange with then-Vice-President Bush.
Sherman: What will you do to win the votes of the Americans who are atheists?
Bush: I guess I'm pretty weak in the atheist community. Faith in God is important to me.
Sherman: Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?
Bush: No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
Sherman (somewhat taken aback): Do you support as a sound constitutional principle the separation of state and church?
Bush: Yes, I support the separation of church and state. I'm just not very high on atheists.