Re: George W. Bush's Speech on September 20, 2001

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 05:12:20 MDT

Eugene Leitl <> writes:

> On Fri, 21 Sep 2001, Michael M. Butler wrote:
> > I consciously adopt the language of my audience. At the end of a
> > recent post, I mentioned God even though I'm an agnostic. Was the rest
> > of the content valuable, or rendered valueless?
> The latter. To cite a recent case, a superficially reasonable email on
> post-WTC policy sailed into my inbox a few days ago. It made sense right
> unto the final sentence, which read "God bless America". Now, I don't
> trust people basically driven by inscrutable motivations. One might
> support points of policy, warily so, but certainly not the person pushing
> it. Sooner or later, the dissonance must surface.

What is the big deal here? Saying "God bless America" speaks quite directly
to the 90% of Americans according to polls who have some level of theistic
belief. To ask for God's blessing on America in the face of 9/11 and that
level of belief is almost mandatory if you want to reach the people and speak
to their hearts. Why should those who are not theistic make such a big deal
about this?

- samantha

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