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Dana Perino, Former Bush White House Official, Tells Atheists To Leave The Country

Posted by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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Dana Perino, Former Bush White House Official, Tells Atheists To Leave The Country

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The former press secretary to President George W. Bush has demanded that atheists who object to the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance should leave the country.

The comments by Dana Perino, who served as chief spokesperson for Bush and face of the White House daily press briefings from 2007 to 2009, came during a discussion of a Massachusetts lawsuit opposing the pledge. Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in the case Wednesday.

The case, brought against the Acton-Boxborough School District by atheist parents who are identified only as “Doe” in the lawsuit, seeks to end the daily recitation of the pledge. They claim that reciting a daily pledge containing the phrase “under God” is a form of indoctrination to a religious viewpoint that “invalidates atheism,” and therefore violates the constitutional ban against the government respecting an establishment of religion.

The Fox News political roundtable program “The Five” took up the issue of the lawsuit Wednesday as well. Perino (pictured), a participant in the discussion, when asked how she felt about arguments that challenge religious references in government-sponsored ceremonies, said she was “tired of them.”

“Our representatives have spoken again and again, and if these people don’t like it, they don’t have to live here,” said the onetime Bush mouthpiece.

“Yeah, that’s a good point,” responded the show’s host, Bob Beckel.

Greg Gutfeld, former editor of Men’s Health magazine and described as “a libertarian political satirist, humorist, magazine editor and blogger,” also participated in the discussion. Gutfeld noted that the Constitution is set up to protect people who hold minority beliefs, such as the refusal to believe in God. Perino responded that atheists should not care about mention of God in the pledge, saying “God” is “just like some guy’s name — ‘Obama.’”

Gutfeld pointed out that, though atheists are “a minority,” atheism “is not an extreme idea.” Another panelist, Kimberly Guilfoyle, former first lady of San Francisco, responded, “But why should they be catered to? Why are they so special?”

Written in 1892 by Socialist Francis Bellamy, the pledge was intended to be used in any country. References to the United States were added in 1923. The phrase “under God” was added in 1954 at the height of American panic about Communism, at the insistence of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

At the time, Bellamy’s daughter protested the addition.

SOURCES: Fox News (2), Newshounds, USHistory.org, Associated Press

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lga1965
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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Well isn't she just sweet.....not. She's a dictator, a bigoted Bible Thumper. Does she really think the USA has to be 100%Christian ? I've got news for her......
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JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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 She's not the boss of me.  *Blows raspberry*

stringtheory
by Gold Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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I think many, including some atheists, have a hard time understanding the value in projecting secularism. Secular is a dirty word in, at least, the protestant Christian culture, so asking for government to be all secular, including in appearance, is "catering to" atheists. It is not.
slashteddy
by Bronze Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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Really? The representatives have spoken, and if the people don't like it, they should leave?

Uhm. Shouldn't that be the other way around?
Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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She's ignorant apparently. She represented Bush; figures...
muslimah
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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 Maybe she just leave and then she wouldn't have to worry about it.

I myself like the phrase "under God". I don't necessarily consider to be just a Christian thing. Not just Christians believe in God. I also though realize that and accept that not every one does believe in God. Instead of fighting or arguing over the phrase everyone should just say it how they want to say it. I think the whole thing is silly to make an issue over it.

supercarp
by Silver Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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The "under God" phrase was not put in until the 1950's. It should not have been.

parentalrights1
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM
It's funny how atheists shouldn't care if its in there but Christians care if it is.

Anyone who complains about Christian privilege is just whining according to the privileged.
AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM
dumber than a box of rocks and incredibly lucky to be living in America as stupid as she is. luckily the founders also believed her to be more useless than a bucket of warm spit
lga1965
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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I think it was in the 1950's. Because there were groups who feared communists . John Birch Society. When a preacher suggested it, they went for it.
They wanted everyone to combat the Godless Communists,Iguess.


Quoting supercarp:

The "under God" phrase was not put in until the 1930's. It should not have been.

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