A Secular American’s Guide to the 2012 Election

Leave it to the college students to do the focused research on the presidential candidates.

Derek Miller of the Illini Secular Student Alliance recently gave a talk on the two mainstream presidential candidates and their stances on issues pertinent to Secular Americans.

That’s not to say you should only vote on atheist-y issues — Derek acknowledges that in the video — but this is still a really nice summary of where the candidates stand on issues we tend to talk about in our community.

Just so it’s clear, this is far from a commercial for President Obama. He’s criticized heavily throughout the video for many of his decisions.

In case you need a summary for quick viewing:

(0:00 – 3:55) Why does a candidate’s religion matter?
(3:56 – 16:57 ) Personal religious views of the candidates
(16:58 – 29:15) Candidates’ official positions on secular issues
(29:16 – 32:16) Concluding remarks and final grades
(32:17-35:33) Q&A and gossip about the Church of the Latter Day Saints

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.