"When George Bush was campaigning for the presidency, as incumbent vice-president, one of his stops was in Chicago, Illinois, on August 27, 1987. At O'Hare Airport he held a formal outdoor news conference. There Robert I. Sherman, a reporter for the American Atheist news journal, fully accredited by the state of Illinois and by invitation a participating member of the press corps covering the national candidates, had the following exchange with then-Vice-President Bush.
Sherman: 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.
Sherman: 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 patriots. This is one nation under God.
Sherman (somewhat taken aback): Do you support as a sound constitutional principle the separation of state and church?
Bush: Yes, I support the separation of church and state. I'm just not very high on atheists."
I was so angry...our country, a country built from people who faced religious persecution in their own countries, who chose to leave their lives because they were tereated unfairly because of what they believed, elected this man into office. Even though he considers anyone who does not believe in god to be unpatriotic and therefore not worthy to be a citizen of the country, we still elected him...we have the separation of church and state to prevent the government from creating a national religion, but somehow it is perfectly ok for our former president to discriminate against those who don't believe in a god...in his eyes, only theists are worthy of being citizens of our country...that blows my mind..i realize that this conversation took place in 1987, so i was barely a year and a half old, but would any one care to share their views on this?