Re: Education versus Propaganda

Carl J Lydick (carl@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU)
14 Aug 1995 04:49:07 GMT

In article <40me8v$>, (Laurence A. Moore) writes:
= (Nathaniel Tagg) wrote:
=Carl J Lydick (carl@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU) wrote:
=>> For example, George Bush declared at one point that he didn't
=>> think that atheists should be considered citizens of the
=>> United States.
=> Does anyone have a reference on this?

How about the following?

The following exchange took place at the Chicago airport between
Robert I. Sherman of American Atheist Press and George Bush, on August
27 1988. 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:

RS: "What will you do to win the votes of Americans who are

GB: "I guess I'm pretty weak in the atheist community. Faith in God
is important to me."

RS: "Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of
Americans who are atheists?"

GB: "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as
citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one
nation under God."

RS: "Do you support as a sound constitutional principle the
separation of state and church?"

GB: "Yes, I support the separation of church and state. I'm just
not very high on atheists."

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