I think everyone mis-read everything :( Or I typed it out the wrong way
Obviously, as a nonreligious person, I agree with you that atheists/nontheists are well suited to public office because they will have fewer issues with keeping church & state separate. I just think it's interesting, and odd, and kind of sad that people have come a long way in terms of being willing to vote for women, and gays, and adulterers -- but don't believe in God? Not suited for government! Really? I don't get it, but I think it's likely that people still have this (mistaken) belief that without religion, people cannot be ethical or moral. You would think that the myriad scandals in the church and in politics already among "faithful" churchgoing leaders would have been enough to convince voters.
I think you are right, in that people view "godless" as having no moral standards. Which is obviously completely inaccurate, as are most stereotypes.
Coming from someone who does not live there anymore, it does seem that Americans are very frightened by someone who doesn't believe in a higher power. It's like this dark unknown and people just think you are weird or militant, which most of us aren't! (Well, maybe weird but not militant). It was funny because the British prime minister made some remark about God the other day and all the news channels and papers were like, "who does he think he is bringing God in to politics?"
I just think maybe sometimes when it comes to knowing the candidate because of the prejudices maybe they shouldn't comment on religious views either way but, then
I don't know if that will help for sure or happen. :dunno:
Well, there are so many adulterers in politics that it's nearly impossible not to vote for one. ;) Far fewer atheists. :P
Really, though. It's not surprising. I've only recently begun to feel comfortable describing myself as an atheist, and I'm cautious about who I use that label with because people really don't understand that doesn't make me some sort of devil.
I read that article while I was brushing my teeth, and got all distracted by the Game of Thrones hot guys links and didn't respond. I agree, it is hard for me to fathom why atheists come far behind anyone else in the polls of who would be trusted in politics. Especially when you figure if they are admitting to that, they're probably being honest about a lot.
organizations have done like the Catholics for Habitat our sponsor and they were really friendly folks. In general I am so confused about "where I belong"
I feel like I am not a Christian nor Atheist rather I am spiritual as in I believe in the afterlife (of some ghostly spirits) but, the Heaven and Hell thing I think can be on Earth. I am digging around. Anyways I think for sure especially a politician it would be really hard to admit that. We need more blunt people like Penn Juliette, :laugh: