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Sunday, February 23, 2003

George Bush the Elder on Atheists

The following exchange took place at the Chicago airport between Robert I. Sherman of American Atheist Press and George Bush, on August 27 1987. Sherman is a fully accredited reporter, and was present by invitation as a member of the press corps. The Republican presidential nominee was there to announce federal disaster relief for Illinois. The discussion turned to the presidential primary:

"What will you do to win the votes of Americans who are atheists?"
"I guess I'm pretty weak in the atheist community. Faith in God is important to me."
"Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?"
"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
"Do you support as a sound constitutional principle the separation of state and church?"
"Yes, I support the separation of church and state. I'm just not very high on atheists."

Great isn't it. This is the current Imperial Family, after all, and Bush II makes Bush I look reasonable as far as religious zeal.

Article here. The site has a bunch of arguments about atheism in general. I was pleased when I noticed the post on Godel's Incompleteness Theorem didn't try to oversimplify Godel's work to the extent that it can relate to all our lives.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This exchange never happened. Don't believe me? Do some research. You won't find a single neutral source to confirm it.

4/16/2007 12:12 AM  

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