Subject: Re: Non-christians go to hell?
Date: Tuesday, 11 Jul 1989 20:06:01 EDT
Organization: North Carolina State University - Computing Center
From: Wayne Aiken
In article <835@mmsac.UUCP>, bob@mmsca.UUCP (Bob Brown) asks:
>could you please provide a source for the President saying that he
>thought Non-Christians were second class citizens and not be allowed
>to vote. I'm kind of interested in following this a bit further.
The quote was in a short confrontation between George Bush and Robert I.
Sherman during the media interview at O'Hare International Airport on
August 27, 1988. Bush was there in Chicago as part of his campaign. The
exchange was as follows:
Sherman: What will you do to win the votes of the Americans who
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 think that Atheists should be considered as citizens,
nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under
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.
So, there you have it. The person who holds the highest office of the land,
who is sworn to uphold the Constitution, supports a religious qualification
for citizenship. This is nothing less than a slap in the face to the approx.
9% of this country who are Atheists, including many Veterans. Bush has been
asked repeatedly to either clarify his remarks or apologize, but he has so
far either ignored or dodged the issue.
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