PRESS RELEASE For release: 11 January 1993 American Atheists today asked Bill Clinton to t

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PRESS RELEASE For release: 11 January 1993 American Atheists today asked Bill Clinton to take the presidential office with his hand on the Constitution instead of the Bible. Jon Murray, president of the group, noted, "The transition of power from one elected president to his successor is a secular, not a religious event." The inaugural is cluttered with religious events: a pre-event prayer service at First Baptist Church in D.C., Streisand singing "God Bless America," Judy Collins performing "Amazing Grace," Reggie Jackson [the twelve-year- old who sang at the Democratic National Convention] singing "God shed his grace on thee" about "America, the Beautiful," the Philander Smith College choir performing "City on the Hill," and that old badger, Billy Graham, intoning both an invocation and a benediction. With the gauche notion of ringing the "Bells of Hope" (see attached sheets) it sounds as if the White House is the "City on the Hill" while sounds of church bells ring out during the inaugural. This is quite obviously a religion-based idea, referring back to the medieval times of church bell ringing when kings are crowned. (1) Clinton is not king; (2) He should pledge to commitment to his office with his hand on the Constitution of the United States, not the Bible; and (3) since the transition of power is secular, he should cancel the religious accouterments and *not* swear "so help me God." All that is lacking is a "Saying of the Rosary," a wearing of a yarmulke, or perhaps the wrapping of Chelsea in orange robes in order to complete the religious spectacle to include other (than the Protestant) religious in the god manifold. The American Atheist message to Clinton is short and sweet, "Give us a break. If you feel that you must be sworn in 'so help you God,' who is to help the American people? As American Atheists understood your campaign, we though you said *you* could do the job. Why, now, ask your God for help?" *********************************************************************** * * * 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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