Simone Pathe, a student at Bates College, has a nice article about being an atheist that starts off with a hurtful truth:
By publishing this article on the internet I am probably eliminating any shot I ever had at being elected President of the United States. I’m not too concerned because living in the White House has never been my biggest goal. But, after having motivational mantras drummed into my head for 12 years of public school, and even after three years here at Bates, it’s disheartening to realize, that no, I can’t always “be all I can be.” Sadly, sometimes achievement has more do with who you are than what your human potential is.
… If I’m ever running for any elected office or nominated for any federal position, some Fox News reporter or conservative senator will find the above printed words and use them to shoot me down.
With that out of the way, you can write just about anything Simone talks about how atheism has made her a better, more compassionate person.
I’m fully convinced that if more people came out as atheists, the negative perception of us would start to disappear. Then, some of the college students and recent graduates will be able to imagine a country where we can run for higher office without our rationality becoming a liability.