President George Bush
U.S. Head of State, on atheists
American Atheists' President Jon
Murray, son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, demanded an
apology from President George Bush for remarks he allegedly made at a
news conference during the presidential campaign. Murray claims that Bush said he
didn't know if "atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be
considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
-- from the
Associated Press, in the St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch, saturday, 21
january 1989 3B
"I don't know that atheists should be considered as
citizens, nor should they be considered patriots," Bush said during an August
27, 1988 press conference, according to an American Atheists spokesman.
The White House has yet to admit or deny Bush's statement despite calls
for clarification by several newspaper reporters. White House Counsel C. Boyden
Gray responded vaguely two months later, stating that Bush "is a religious man
who neither supports atheism nor believes that atheism should be unnecessarily
encouraged or supported by the government."
-- from the Minnesota Daily,
tuesday, 2 may 1989 p 14