Subject: Bush, patriotism, and atheism Some of you may be aware that on August 27, 1988, t

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Subject: Bush, patriotism, and atheism Some of you may be aware that on August 27, 1988, then presidential candidate George Bush made the following statement: "I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God." Then, in late June, United Press International reported that "Parents" magazine had asked 1,000 adults about their view toward patriotism. About 73 percent said that the country needs more patriotism; half of the people owned an American flag. Interestingly, 71 percent said they did not think being an Atheist had anything to do with patriotism. According to this poll (I can make no claim as to its validity), the majority of the American public does not agree with what George Bush said in his insulting remark. Despite this fact, the media refuses to comment on the issue, and President Bush will not apologize for his statement. I believe that Bush's statement should be insulting to you, even if you are not an atheist. The fact that he can get away with denying the citizenship of a minority group in this country is simply outrageous. His statement would have been no more offensive if he had denied the citizenship of Jews, Democrats, or anyone else who follows his or her conscience, regardless of what anyone else believes. If you believe that Americans, and *all* people, should have the right to freedom of thought, I urge you to write to the President to express your opinion about this issue. You can write to him at: George Bush President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Thank you for taking the time to read this. Tom Cook cook@cpsvax.msu.edu

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