Letter To President Bush
Peter Hopp

Graphic Rule

Hello,

Unbelievable. It took you less than 30 minutes to completely disregard myself and 30 million other Americans, quash our religious liberty and mock the sanctity of the separation of church and state. It is clear to see what your agenda in the next four years will be. It is not pretty, and I for one do not relish the idea of stepping back hundreds of years to a time where my religious views can bring me harm - physically, financially, and socially.

You, however, seem to enjoy the thought of religious persecution as a foundation of your office. You have inflicted an incredibly divisive action on the entire citizenry you claim to represent, and I strongly oppose your activities in this regard. I request that you immediately make a public apology to those who do not share your religious views, specifically atheists, and issue a personal statement in which you indicate that you will not continue mixing church and state business as part of your presidential agenda. I further request that you choose an American who is openly atheist to serve with you in a high-ranking policy position. This would do much and go far to show that you are truly an open-minded president who will see that all Americans are served equally and that your interest in a single, particular group does not override the knowledge of your need and responsibility to share representation among all religious viewpoints. It would also serve to support the fact that atheists are able Americans who have much to give to the good of our country and world without regard to their religious ideals.

Please allow me to outline my concerns. You issued a proclamation ordering your inauguration day as a "national day of prayer." You called "upon the citizens of our Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship to pray alone and together and offer thanksgiving to God for all the blessings of this great and good land." You added, "I ask Americans to bow our heads in humility before our Heavenly Father, a God who calls us not to judge our neighbors, but to love them, to ask His guidance upon our nation and its leaders in every level of government."

What you did is wrong and completely groundless. You have the highest office in the world and the first action you take is to remove myself and other atheists from any equal, fair and just representation under your guard. You have made it open season on those who do not hold your beliefs. Well done. It is truly a wonderful day when I can wake up and know that the leader of my country cares zero, nothing about my right to religious freedom.

Although I'm certain you'll hear this reference more and more throughout your four year crusade, your words and actions bear a striking similarity to another world leader of historical note. I'm sure you are quite familiar with his beliefs, as you share the same deity he supported to bolster his office and activities. His name was Adolf Hitler, and although I am sure you will not move in such an openly destructive manner as he, it looks as though your crusade may prove as divisive as his. You certainly have begun in the same manner by separating people by their belief system, and using the Oval Office as the pulpit from which to broadcast declarations of religious favoritism to our country and the world. Your separatist, elitist banter has effectively removed me from consideration as an equal citizen to the hundreds of groups and thousands of citizens who make stigmatizing, oppression, hate and overt prejudice toward atheists a part of their everyday lives. You have fueled the hatred that open atheists feel and experience on a daily basis and it is your responsibility to correct that without delay.

I hope you will take swift action to address and correct the concerns I have described.

Sincerely,
Peter Hopp

Graphic Rule

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