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 H. W. Bush
That's just wow ... I'm more outspoken these days about being an athiest. Luckily I live in Canada but many of my net pals are American. While things can go a little quiet when I mention it, they are respectful enough and noone has ever challenged or asked me not to state my beliefs or that I'm wrong. In fact I have great respect for my American friends.
So what's in the water these high profile dumb asses are drinking these days!?
Large corporations and/or groups of extremely wealthy and like-minded individuals are vetting politicians (puppets) they can control. The puppet must not have a brain or imagine himself to have any power beyond the dictates of his handlers. They like religions, because a religion can be reconfigured to suit any purpose, and the religious, because they are controllable and obedient.