[LNHY/ACRA] The Daily Super Short-Short Story #51 [long]

OTL bperler at sprynet.com
Wed Nov 10 19:24:38 PST 2004

"Martin Phipps" <phippsmartin at hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:df8f4cb4.0411090238.1c64c489 at posting.google.com
> saxon.brenton at uts.edu.au (Saxon Brenton) wrote in message
> news:<15f3bff1.0410311521.62e70fa at posting.google.com>...
>>      In August of 1988 the then president George Bush Sr said that as
>> far as he was concerned atheists didn't deserve citizenship of the United
>> States.
> I found this quote from Dan Quayle:
> "I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Savior, for
> whose Kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming
> again, with life and liberty for all who believe."

It's debateable if that's really a Quayle quote.  Some sources attribute it to
him, although most seem to call it a standard pledge for the Christian
Coalition.  Allegedly, Quayle either participated in a recitation or led a
recitation, although given that sources can't seem to agree on what Quayle's
role there was, and don't seem to cite an actual date more specific than 1994,
I'm not sure how reliable it is.

For that matter, the Bush atheist quote is almost certainly false.  Although
he supposedly uttered it during a press conference in 1987 (not 1988, although
some sources do incorrectly cite the latter date), I've yet to see any
reliable cites from that time that support it.  (And only one non-reliable
cite, which is what tends to be referenced when referring to the story.)  If
no one thought to report that story at the time it supposedly happened, it's
probably a good sign that it didn't really happen.

But that's probably going far enough off-topic for the group for now...

Brian Perler                                             bperler at sprynet.com
"[T]he devil you know is better than a kick in the groin on a cold morning"
     -Bastard Operator From Hell

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