Snopes - never heard of it. Did a little research. It's not run by experts as I thought, but by a couple; Barbara and David Mikkelson. So don't know how that can make it more believeable... They search the net themselves for the answers....
Snopes is pretty reliable. In this particular case there is no way to conclude if Bush actually said that. I think it sounds plausible, but I don't reference it because it isn't reliable.
Here's an idea:
AlexBP, if you think that all this anti-atheist stuff is just a myth we have created, I challenge you to put that hypothesis to the ultimate test: You pretend to be an atheist for two weeks.
For two weeks' time, you act as if you are a vocal
atheist to everyone you know. Tell your friends, your co-workers, your boss, your parents, grandparents, confess your atheism to your church leaders... Everyone that is important to you in your life.
If any of them try to debate your views, debate back as best you can. Defend your viewpoint.
Be bold and fearless, because you know for a fact that no one is going to treat you any differently, right?
You don't actually have to stop believing for this expereiment--you are only putting your hypothesis to the test. After two weeks you can tell everyone it was just a phase and things will be back to normal... Maybe... Or then again, you might have lost a bunch of friends, maybe your job... But it all depends on where you live and the kind of people in your life.
Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is?