Non-Religious Montana State Rep. Says Gubernatorial Candidate Shouldn’t Have to Answer for His Faith

Greg Gianforte, the wealthy Christian whose family foundation has donated a lot of money to Christian causes including the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum (a Creation museum), is considering running against Montana Gov. Steve Bullock in 2016.

But Daniel Zolnikov (below), a Republican State Representative who supports Gianforte, says he doesn’t want to see the candidate campaign on his faith.

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The reason? Zolnikov is not religious and he doesn’t think faith is a good reason to vote someone into office.

I repeat: A non-religious Republican politician is calling for a fellow Republican to tamper down his faith rhetoric. There’s a sentence I never thought I would type…

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Podcast Ep. 89: Cristin Padgett, Openly Atheist Texas House Candidate

Our latest podcast guest is Cristin Padgett, a Democrat hoping to win a seat in the Texas State House.

She’s doing that in a heavily gerrymandered district in a very red part of the state. What makes her candidacy so unique, though, is that she has made public the fact that she’s an atheist, making her one of the only openly non-theistic candidates this election cycle in any part of the country. Not exactly part of anyone’s playbook in Texas politics.

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We spoke with Padgett about how she can convince Texans in her district to support her, what she could accomplish with a Republican majority in the House, and what she learned from the failed gubernatorial campaign of Wendy Davis.

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Mike Huckabee Answers Atheist’s Questions at Iowa Rally

Reader Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, has been going to meet-and-greets with a number of candidates to ask why atheists should consider supporting them.

A couple of days ago, he shared with Mike Huckabee his concern about an eroding wall between church and state, and then asked why atheists should vote for him, especially given the things Huckabee has said about us.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: Merging Church and State “Is Not What Our Founding Fathers Wanted”

Reader Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, has been going to meet-and-greets with a number of candidates to ask why atheists should consider supporting them.

During an event with Sen. Bernie Sanders yesterday, Justin asked him for his thoughts on politicians who “base a lot of their legislation on their religious beliefs.”

Sanders, who was under the weather, expressed his support for church/state separation (as you’d expect):

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Sen. Ted Cruz Responds to the Question: Why Should Atheists Vote for You?

Reader Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, has been going to meet-and-greets with a number of candidates to ask why atheists should consider supporting them.

That may seem silly given the religious conservatism of the Republican field, but it’s an important question.

His most recent exchange was with Sen. Ted Cruz. Justin told me he asked his question right after Cruz “worked the crowd into a frenzy with some anti-Obama, anti-Hillary, pro-gun, pro-God rhetoric.”

The crowd went silent when he began his question with, “I’m an atheist…”

So how did Cruz respond? Why should atheists vote for him? See for yourself:

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