Nationalism and Atheism:
Some people feel that atheists should not be considered citizens.
Even thought, the US Constitution guarantess religious freedom to all persons, including the right to be an Atheist:
- "...once a person admits to not believing in God, this raises the question of weather or not that person believes in America..." Chief spokesman for National office of the Boy Scouts.
- "The Boy Scouts of America maintain that no member can grow into the best king of citizen without recognizing his obligation to God." Statement on the Boy Scouts of America, membership form.
- "The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgements of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship..." Boy Scouts of America policy, 1970
- "Who are beneficiaries of the Court's protection? Members of various minorites including criminals, atheists, homosexuals, flag burners, illegal immigrants (includinig terrorists), convicts, and pornographers." US Presidential candidate Pat Buchahan, Address to the Heritage Foundation, Feb. 29, 1996
- "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God." George Bush
- "If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being." Jerry Falwell
- "The 'establishment of religion' clause of the First Amendment means at least this: neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion." U.S. Supreme Court justice Hugo Black, Majority opinion; Everson v. Board of Education 330 U.S. 1 (1947)
- "No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or nonattendance." U.S. Supreme Court justice Hugo Black, Majority opinion; Everson v. Board of Education 330 U.S. 1 (1947)