QUESTION: Do you think that's an inappropriate statement? And what I ask is...
BUSH: No, I just don't agree with it.
QUESTION: You don't agree with it?
BUSH: No. I think people oppose my nominees because of judicial philosophy.
QUESTION: Sir, I asked you about what you think of...
BUSH: No, I know what you asked me.
QUESTION: ... the way faith is being used in our political debates, not just in society generally.
BUSH: Well, I can only speak to myself. And I am mindful that people in political office should say to somebody, You're not equally American if you don't happen to agree with my view of religion.
Right about here, if you are anyone remotely close to needing to do clean up for the prez, you are shaking in your shoes - thank goodness he restates what he actually means and cleans up his own mess, but my goodness...
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As I said, I think faith is a personal issue. And I take great strength from my faith. But I don't condemn somebody in the political process because they may not agree with me on religion.
The great thing about America is that you should be allowed to worship any way you want. And if you chose not to worship, you're equally as patriotic as somebody who does worship. And if you choose to worship, you're equally American if you're a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim.
And that's the wonderful thing about our country and that's the way it should be.