Canadians. You have to stop making those of us in the U.S. feel even worse than we already do. You get Justin Trudeau. We have… Christ, it’s sad to finish that sentence. You have a Cabinet that’s diverse and full of experts in their fields. We have a bunch of evangelicals who deny science and have no business running their departments.
And now, a new poll suggests that Canadian citizens wouldn’t let someone’s atheism, sexual orientation, or gender identity get in the way of their voting habits.
The Angus Reid Institute found that an astonishing 80% of the population would have no problem voting for a party led by someone who’s an atheist. (By comparison, Gallup found in 2015 that only 58% of U.S. voters were comfortable supporting an atheist from their own party for President.)
… some seven-in-ten (71%) see a gay man as likely to become PM — a development that would see Canada join the small handful of countries, including Ireland as of earlier this month, to have a gay leader.
Similarly, large numbers of Canadians anticipate a Jewish, lesbian, or atheist leader. Notably, the percentage who expect each is higher than the perceived probability of an evangelical Christian leading Canada’s government…
To be sure, a candidate’s gender, religious beliefs, ethnicity, etc. shouldn’t matter at all. People should only care about the candidate’s ideas and policy proposals. Good ideas can come from devoutly religious people and I’ve heard plenty of bad ideas from the mouths of atheists. So while I wish all of these percentages were higher, it’s nice to know that at least in Canada, they’re nearly all closer to where they should be. We all have a long way to go in some categories, but it’s a shorter distance up north.
There’s more analysis at Canadian Atheist, if you’re interested.
(Thanks to Dorothy for the link)