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From the Fall 1988 issue of FREE INQUIRY "The following exchange took place at the Chicago airport between Robert Sherman of American Atheist Press and George Bush. The Republican presidential nominee was there to announce federal disaster relief for Illinois. The discussion turned to the presidential primary: SHERMAN: What will you do to win the votes of 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: 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------- FREE INQUIRY is published quarterly by the Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism, Box 5, Buffalo, NY 14215-0005. (It's always nice to be wanted, especially when you've just been stripped of your citizenship ... !)

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