This doesn't bode well for all the godless liberals out there running for office:
Whether they attend religious services or not, 91 percent of Americans say they believe in God, according to a poll conducted this spring by Princeton Survey Research Associates for Newsweek. Voters say they would not vote for an atheist. Sixty-two percent of respondents in the Newsweek poll said they would not vote for an atheist as did 78 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats. Independents were more open to the idea, with 45 percent saying they would not vote for someone who did not believe in God.Democrats have elected Catholics, Jews, gays, and Muslims, but atheists are still off limits I guess.
As Michael Kinsley wrote, an American politician would rather burn in hell than admit to being an atheist.
I wonder how many in Congress are in the closet on this.
I think "in the closet" is an apt way to put it. Admitting you are an atheist is not unlike admitting you are gay. You likely have known it for a long time and are comfortable with it but worry about the reaction from others when you come right out and say it.
Hey, wasn't Jesse an atheist? He talked about religion kind of the way Sam Harris does (tho with smaller words). But I guess most people didn't know that when they voted for him.
I thought he - Jesse - was more of an agnostic, but I haven't really thought about it much. E.J. Dionne of the Wash. Post had an interesting take on Sen. Vitter the other day. His point was that at the end of the day, we ought to worry more about a candidate's or office holder's competence that his or her private life. A competent athiest in the office of the Presidency would certainly be better than the incompetent born again in there now. By the way, I saw a funny bumper sticker the other day: "Born OK the first time."
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