Saturday, April 23, 2005

One Man's Opinion

With all due respect to John and his post on anti-religious Democrats, I'll see his some-guy-on-a-liberal-website and raise him the 41st President of the United States of America:
Interviewer: Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are Atheists?

George Bush: No, I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots.
So, on one hand we have a guy just expressing his opinion (and not chosen as a representative of a group as a whole), and on the other we have the leader of the free world who was, for four years, the most vocal and powerful Republican around. Granted, Bush didn't put this opinion to any direct use via Stalinist-like purges of Atheists and Agnostics, but to think that this man thought that there were a significant proportion of law abiding, nonviolent Americans that did not deserve their citizenship is pretty pathetic.

1 comment:

John said...

That is a very disturbing quote. But I factchecked (albeift a brief one) it and can't find it traced back to any conventional news source. It hasn't been mentioned by The New York Times, CNN, or BBC. Most of the mentions from Googling are on blogs and message boards, the most prominent of which is Dean's Blog for America.

If Bush did say this, then he deserves a vigorous media flogging. But I don't see any solid basis for the quote. Correct me if I am wrong -- I only did a brief check.