As an atheist and Constitutionalist this is my favorite (and it's coincidental that it's from the presumptive Republican candidate for President):
- "I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation."
--John McCain interview with Beliefnet.com, September 2007.
A number of Republican candidates have made erroneous statements about the Christian underpinnings of America. According to Mike Huckabee, most of the Founding Fathers were clergymen. Duncan Hunter repeated an old myth about the personal prayer book of George Washington. But McCain's statement seemed the most egregious. Anyone who wants to be president should be intimately familiar with the constitution. Article Six states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."