Candidates for Political Office Should Respond to These Statements

The folks at Ask An Atheist have put together a list of statements they’d like to see politicians comment on so that we can make a more informed decision on whom to vote for. While some of the statements are silly, many of them warrant a simple Agree/Disagree answer:

The planet Earth is closer to 4.7 billion years than it is to 6,000 years old.

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I believe that the United States of America is not officially a Christian nation.

President Barack Obama has provided enough evidence to prove that he is a natural born U.S. Citizen.

A well-qualified candidate’s atheism would not prevent me from voting for or endorsing their candidacy.

I believe that a strong separation between church and the state is the best way to preserve religious liberty.

You can check out the rest of their list here.

They also provide the contact information for candidates in Washington State (where they’re based) so that readers can contact their offices and politely request that the candidates respond to the list.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • gwen

    I stopped listening to them a while ago. It was the first time I have ever deleted an atheist podcast. 

    • Anonymous Atheist

      Why’s that?

  • http://nwrickert.wordpress.com/ Neil Rickert

    I’m looking at the original list of 13 questions.  I haven’t a clue for question 5.  Google tells me that Deckard is a fictional character.  I guess I never read that one.  And I have opinion for question 12, since I never did watch the prequels.

    All of the rest are easy to agree with – unless you are a politician.  I would guess that many politicians would find it necessary to give answer that pander to the religious right.  What a pity that our politics fallen to that level.

    • Stev84

      That one’s about the movie (Blade Runner), not the book (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).

      The Director’s Cut (which added the unicorn dream sequence and the origami) makes it pretty clear that he is a replicant and the “Dangerous Days” documentary confirms it. There are also other tiny hints, even in the original version, which is how the speculation started, although some in the production preferred for it to be ambiguous.

  • 3lemenope

    5.    Deckard was a Replicant.

    Well, duh. Unicorn. Can I haz endorzement nao, mebbe?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1685304633 Rebecca Friedman

    Atheists in other states, feel free to do the same!  Election is 10 weeks away!

  • MichaelD

    Deckard probably refers to the character from blade runner / do androids dream of electric sheep for people who don’t know.  Course I’d much rather debate the political leanings of Deckard Cain from Diablo ;p

  • Towebster

    Good questions. The problem with the second one is that there is no real definition of what a ‘Christian’ nation means.  For me, the answer is impossible without a that.

    • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

      But it doesn’t ask if they believe the U.S. is a Christian nation, but whether it is officially a Christian nation. I cannot think of any definition of “Christian nation” that would allow that to be answered in the affirmative.

  • Birdie1986

    I’m all for having a sense of humor, but if they really want to be taken seriously, what is with the Blade Runner and Star Wars questions? Really?

    • Sam

      Yes, really.

      We’ve got some experience with politicians, and campaign workers, and they eat stuff like this up.     I’m all for keeping the geek factor out when necessary, but there may be someone out there who’ll answer the quiz just to get a crack at those two questions.

      We didn’t drop them in there willy nilly.

  • Luther

    Looking at the original 13 it is not a serious list.  If we want to be takeen seriously, we should not endorse this list. What is needed is a SCIENCE debate between the candidates, perhaps with scientists or at least science writers as the questioners. I am not generally in favor of a religion debate, but there were two last time. I presume there is none this time because some would say it would be unfair to one of the candidates.

  • Waltz707

    I simply love no. 12

    12. George Lucas was mistaken to make prequels to his “Star Wars” trilogy

  • Mike Gillis

    I think it’s silly to completely reject our candidate questionnaire because it’s only *85.6%* serious.

    Out of the total of 13 questions, we’ve got 11 serious ones that I’ve all seen popular national level political figures take bad stances on.

    We have a couple of humorous questions because (1) we don’t think that all political activism should be treated with the tone of a funeral, and (2) because it matches the tone of our radio show.

    I would much rather ask a ridiculous question for fun, than do what the religious right does: asks a ridiculous questions and treats it completely seriously.


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