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Subject: Re: President of the US referring to God Date: 9/13/2001 7:10 PM
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Michael,

As a proud American and an atheist to boot, it's declarations like this (as well as Biblical references in presidential speeches like we heard the other night) that make me feel like an alien or at least ignored or unwanted. Offended, not really; disappointed, yes.

Surely you know that President Bush is a religious man. Personally, I'm not surprised when he says things that include his religious orientation. Most people's speech reveals things about their most strongly held beliefs, whether those beliefs be religious, political, sports, or whatever. It's common and I'd think everyone would be used to it by now. It certainly doesn't mean he's trying to push his beliefs on you or anyone else, he's just allowing his beliefs to color his choice of wording and phrasing. I'm not a sports fan, but I don't get bent out of shape when people include sports analogies when speaking (although sometimes I don't understand them), and I don't see how religious references are any different.

The separation of church and state in the US Constitution is limited to Congress passing laws. President Bush is not Congress nor was he proposing specific legislation.

Are you disappointed that President Bush doesn't share your atheist beliefs, or that he didn't make his speech be emotionless pabulum designed to show nothing of himself and offend no one?

Phil
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