(Alt title: My dear friend The Cheap Chick‘s webmaster told her to start making her blog titles SEO-friendly. I am not there yet.)
I actually can’t remember why I started thinking about this. Maybe it’s because of something I saw zooming past me on Google+ (yes, Virginia, there are people on Google+; and I follow so many of them that I miss 75% of what’s being posted). Maybe it’s because I had Oh My Darlin’ Clementine stuck in my head and I went looking up lyrics (though this has nothing to do with the lyrics, it’s just the last thing I remember before this. My brain is sort of haphazard like that).
Fact, I am full of parantheticals today.
Fact, I’ve been reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, so my brain is a little more disjointed than usual.
Fact, this blog post is supposed to be slightly more serious than usual, and perhaps I’m avoiding it.
Okay, so here’s what I’m wondering. From what I can gather, there has only been one person to ever hold office and be “out” as an atheist. Not only that, but there are no fewer than 7 states that specifically state in their constitutions that atheists are forbidden to hold office (Google that shit, hooker; it’s not obscure).
Now, despite the fact that I may or may not have just called my seven readers hookers, I would actually like to have a conversation about this. My blog may not be the place to do it (as in, I only have seven readers), but maybe I’ll throw this out into the Google+ sea and see what I might see see see. My question is this:
Atheists vote for theists all the time. We have no other choice, really, but I also think that we are firm enough in our beliefs that we realize putting our lives in the hands of theists is not necessarily going to shake our foundation. Still, we often have to give up certain rights because our lives (big picture, not the day to day stuff) are run by people who generally subscribe to a whole separate set of beliefs from us. And after that rambling preamble, my real question is to theists: Would you ever vote for an atheist? I want an honest answer of why you think it would be bad to have an atheist represent you. Would you rather have someone who you believe has your best interest at heart lie to you about their faith just so they don’t lose your vote (think about it: statistically, given the number of politicians with advanced degrees, there are bound to be atheists in Jesus’ clothing)? And how can you be truly patriotic if you deny someone the basic right the Founding Fathers set forth (Here, I won’t even make you Google it this time)?
I guess that was three questions. Whatev. I hope some of my “friends of faith” (or even perfect strangers of faith) can step out on a limb and answer these questions for me. I realize that there are some rather liberal and groovy people of faith (most likely the ones that are friends with me fit in that category, otherwise they’d probably have a hard time being friends with me), and that not all peoples of faith would be completely against an atheist in office. But I think that most are, and I’d kind of like to get some perspective on that.