Last night in Stamford, Conn., former President George H. W. Bush â€“ one of the nation's 2.3 million baptized Episcopalians â€“ took strong issue with his denomination's presiding bishop, the Most Reverend Frank Griswold of New York, for recent anti-American comments the cleric made.
The 41st president was in Stamford to receive the World Affairs Forum's Altschul Award from U.N. Ambassador John Negroponte.
Bush quoted Griswold's public statement: "I'd like to be able to go somewhere and not have to apologize for being from the United States. â€¦ I am not surprised that we are hated and loathed â€¦ for indifference to human suffering."
The retired president described this Griswold statement as "rhetoric that is highly offensive. I find these quotes offensive. Knowing the president as I do, they were uncalled for and hurt this proud father very much.