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

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