The National Atheist Party has been asking various U.S. Representatives, Senators, Governors and candidates for those offices what they will do for atheist voters.
Such a simple thing to do and yet so few have ever taken the initiative…
Quietly, they’ve been posting the responses on their website.
There’s not much in the way of “Here’s how we’ll help atheists,” but there’s a lot of support for church/state separation and equality for all from the people who have responded. Below is just a sampling of the posts:
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, What Will You Do for Atheist Voters?
The Governor will continue, during this, his final year in office, to treat all Montanans of any or no faith fairly and equitably.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), What Will You Do for Atheist Voters?
Thank you for contacting my office with your question regarding my support of atheist constituents.
In a nation founded on diversity and strengthened by the contributions of many faiths, we must never use religion as a wedge to divide the American people. Instead, we must state in a united voice: violence in the name of any religion is a betrayal of our fundamental values as Americans; any responsible government action must be rooted in facts, fairness, and an unending commitment to the rights and liberties of every American.
Senator Patrick Leahy, What Will You Do for Atheist Voters?
The First Amendment of the Constitution protects people who exercise their right to practice a particular religion and those who practice no religion at all. Another important part of the First Amendment is that it prevents the government from endorsing a particular religion. I believe we need to maintain the strength of the First Amendment by guarding the rights of free speech and freedom of religion, without permitting the government to direct or interfere with religious or spiritual beliefs. Separation of church and state is a fundamental component of our system of government. I believe that we must respect the genius of the founders and tread lightly in the area of religion when it comes to government action.
Religious freedom and acceptance of a diversity of worldviews, including atheism, are at the core of our nation’s history. These values remain as important today as they did more than two centuries ago.
You can check out other responses as they arrive on the NAP’s website.