Sunday, May 15, 2005

Sunday Sermonette: The Father and the Son (Axis of Evil)

Every preacher knows a little humor is a good thing, especially before you scare the shit out of everyone.

The Son: The British are American citizens:
As young Americans, you have an important responsibility, which is to become good citizens.

George W. Bush, in a June, 2001, letter to British students at Oakhill College in Lancashire, England: but giving the benefit where doubt is due, we ask, had they been Americans, wouldn't they already be citizens? Quoted from Randy Cassingham, "This is True" (24 June 2001) and via Positive Atheism's Big Scary List of George W. Bush Quotations

The Father: Atheists aren't:
The following exchange took place at the Chicago airport between Robert I. Sherman of American Atheist Press and George Herbert Walker Bush, on August 27 1987. Sherman is a fully accredited reporter, and was present by invitation as a member of the press corps. The Republican presidential nominee was there to announce federal disaster relief for Illinois. The discussion turned to the presidential primary:

RS: "What will you do to win the votes of Americans who are atheists?"
GB: "I guess I'm pretty weak in the atheist community. Faith in God is important to me."
RS: "Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?"
GB: "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
RS: "Do you support as a sound constitutional principle the separation of state and church?"
GB: "Yes, I support the separation of church and state. I'm just not very high on atheists."

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