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Gays and lesbians.
What’s the question?
Here’s what Mark Oppenheimer of Slate said about us:
When the lion lies down with the lamb, when the president is a Republican Muslim and the Democratic speaker of the House is a vegan Mormon lesbian, when the secretary of defense is a Jain pacifist from the Green Party, they will all agree on one thing: atheists need not apply. A 2007 Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Americans would not vote for an atheist for president. (By contrast, only 43 percent wouldn’t vote for a homosexual, and only 24 percent wouldn’t vote for a Mormon.) As Ronald Lindsay, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, told me in an e-mail: “Atheism spells political death in this country.”
Indeed. Only one current congressman has confessed to being an atheist: Rep. Pete Stark, a Democrat from the lefty East Bay region of Northern California. If he ever ran for president, he would need God’s help just as surely as he wouldn’t ask for it.
I’m still optimistic that we’ll see more Congresspeople come out as atheists during Barack Obama‘s adminstration, during this time of a Democratic majority. We’ll move up in the ranks in the coming years. We just need non-religious people to come out as such so others can see it’s possible. As more Americans get comfortable with the idea of atheists holding public office at all — even locally — it’ll be easier for us to get elected to higher office in the future.
(Thanks to Javier for the link!)