7215 Cameron Road Austin, TX 78752 16 August 1992 To: George Bush The White House 1600 Pen

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From: AMERICAN ATHEIST GHQ, INC. 7215 Cameron Road Austin, TX 78752 16 August 1992 To: George Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 President Bush: On August 27, 1987, at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, while campaigning for the office you now hold, you responded to a question from a reporter concerned with American Atheists: REPORTER: What will you do to win the votes of the Americans who are Atheists? BUSH: I guess I'm pretty weak in the Atheist community. Faith in God is important to me. REPORTER; 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 as patriots. This is one nation under God. Since that time you instructed C. Boyden Gray, Nelson Lund (on two occasions), and Joseph W. Hagin II of the White House staff to send classic non-responses to our continuing requests to you for an apology and retraction. Sir, the Census Bureau, the National Council of Churches, Gallup Poll, and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York all affirm that Atheists comprise up to 10 percent of the population, being most frequently Nobel prize winners, scientists, professors, lawyers, doctors, and businessmen. In addition, Atheist veterans who have served their nation proudly in three wars and recent conflicts wonder why they risked their lives for a Commander in Chief who, by example, leads fellow Americans to discount them as you do. Your insult cannot be tolerated. We again insist on an apology and suggest that this could best be made at the time of your acceptance speech this week at the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas. AMERICAN ATHEIST GHQ INC. Madalyn O'Hair Founder MMO'H:eis *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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