It’s not entirely serious, of course, but now that Senator Jim DeMint has resigned from the Senate, it’s up to Republican Governor Nikki Haley to appoint his replacement until a special election can take place, and Richard Dawkins is endorsing native son Herb Silverman:
I think the time is now ripe for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to appoint Herb Silverman as the first acknowledged Jewish Atheist in the United States Senate. Herb has had political experience in his 1990 run for Governor of South Carolina, as described in his book Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt.
Herb is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Mathematics from the College of Charleston and will soon be retiring as President of the Secular Coalition for America so he can devote full time to his work in the Senate. He promises to follow our godless Constitution carefully and will take his oath for office as he affirms on the Jefferson bible.
I asked Herb what he thought about Dawkins’ endorsement and he told me this:
The highlight of my campaign has been the endorsement from Richard Dawkins. Should South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley now appoint me as United States Senator to replace the quitting Senator Jim DeMint, it would be almost enough to make me believe in miracles.