Ben Franks, Part 2

Ben Franks is the Democrat running for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals in Texas. Now the Republicans are using his supposed atheism against him as reason alone not to vote for him.

The El Paso Times had said Franks was an atheist a couple weeks ago, when they were discussing the Democrats’ official party platform which says “We want a Texas where all people can fulfill their dreams and achieve their God-given potential.” Franks didn’t care that the word “God” was in that statement. He was quoted as saying, “I’m an atheist, [and] this does not bother me. I’m a pragmatist.”

However, according to this article, Franks says he was misquoted. He really said, “Let’s say I’m an atheist. I still have no problem with this platform, because I’m a pragmatist,” implying he wasn’t a non-believer.

That God is in the party platform in the first place should be of concern to everyone, and if Franks was an atheist, I’m disturbed that he’s ok with it. But I can understand the worry over the political suicide that would occur if he said the party should remove the reference to God.

It doesn’t matter to me if he’s an atheist one way or the other. But the Republican tactics just support the idea that it’s ok to knock someone down if they don’t believe in the Christian God.

Funny how they aren’t saying anything else negative about him, as if he’d be a wonderful candidate except for his religious beliefs.

[tags]Ben Franks, Republican, atheist, God, Christian, Texas[/tags]

  • spin sycle

    “But the Republican tactics just support the idea that it’s ok to knock someone down if they don’t believe in the Christian God.”

    welcome to texas. It’s scary as hell to tell anyone here that you don’t agree with their superstitions. (I live here)

  • txatheist

    Ditto as spin cycle said. Hemant, I say this with all the respect in the world to you…go to the rural south and see how things are whether it be your skin color or lack of religious beliefs and you will encounter a world much different than Chicago. Right here in my district Representative John Carter will win this November. Why? He has dodged every single debate but runs on the fact he is a good Christian man. That’s all it takes to win.

  • txatheist

    One more thing. I went to the last Carter/Mary Beth Harrell debate at the Cedar Park, TX library. Carter didn’t show as usual but I submitted a question to her and the libertarian candidate. I asked if they would submit a bill to have the TX Constitution amended that it not state one must acknowledge a supreme being to hold office in Texas. Mary Beth said she wasn’t familiar with it but would look into it. The funny thing was she said that would surprise her because that violates the US constitution. I said “yep”. I emailed her the TX constitution and am waiting for her to acknowledge the violation.

  • Mojoey

    Hi, nice blog. I found you while fishing for stories about Franks.

    I linked to your first story on Franks at Only in Texas: A Republican Godliness Test

    I’ve also added you to my Atheist Blogroll.

    Drop me a note when you get a chance.

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