Robert W. Stewart quotes Dannemeyer's press secretary, Paul Mero, as saying, "To us, it's those who believe in a God against those who don't."
This echoes what Dannemeyer wrote in a Times Op-Ed piece on Nov. 8, 1981: "The First Amendment provides freedom for religion. The modern interpretation for absolute freedom from religion is erroneous and logically impossible." And what the head of his party, then-Vice President George Bush, told a Chicago airport press conference in August, 1987: "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."
My, my. Compulsory religious faith as a test of citizenship, in violation of the Sixth Amendment. With Dannemeyer and his friends as the arbiters of orthodoxy, no doubt. Whatever he and his admirers think they represent, it certainly is not America.
JAMES E. BRODHEAD