Godless in North Carolina elections

The North Carolina Republican party is attacking Democratic candidate for the US Senate, Kay Hagan, for ties to that ultimate evil in US politics, atheists. Much of it is political misrepresentation, because Hagan, by all appearances, fits most standards of devoutness American politicians are measured against. She did, however, meet with representatives of a “Godless Americans PAC,” which I imagine takes some liberal-mindedness, not to mention courage.

You can find out more on the “I’m important and smart” blog, including scans of the Republican flyer accusing the Democrat of associating with atheists.

We already knew about polls that show atheists to be the people most despised by Americans, least likely to get their votes. Nice to see politicians putting such useful information into action.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16241851773339800938 Charlie

    Typical republicans. You know, a University of Minnesota study found that atheists were ranked below used car salesmen in terms of how much Americans trust them.

    And there’s actually a good reason for that. Look around you. Atheists by and large are often dishonest. They’re also far (FAR) worse than republicans when it comes to attacking strawmen, ad homs, caricatures, oversimplified propaganda, unmitigated proselytizing, irrational dogmatism, useless non-arguments, etc. (Open any of the ‘new atheism’ best-sellers to see this.) It’s no wonder that at the end of the day nobody really trusts atheists.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11815695119406091177 Interested

    Charlie am I missing something? You can’t be defending this action.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16241851773339800938 Charlie

    I’m not defending the particular action.

    I’m just being upfront about atheists.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05211466026535549638 Bradley Bowen

    Questions for Charlie..

    You appear to be implying that atheists are in general less honest than theists.

    Do I understand you correctly?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11815695119406091177 Interested

    Charlie I really take exception to what you say. In my vast experience, living among the Christians of the bible belt and having mormon folk in my family, I must say that the most dishonest people I know claim to be Christian. There is also a saying that if you have to do business in UTAH, where 75%+ are mormon, you better be prepared to be cheated.

    I think there are good and bad, honest and dishonest in all categories of people but I can assure that the majority of people in jails and prisons are Christian, not atheist.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05211466026535549638 Bradley Bowen

    More Questions for Charlie…

    To help me understand your thinking, please respond to this short True/False quiz:

    1.Jews are stingy. True/False

    2.Blacks are lazy. True/False

    3.Women are deceitful. True/False

    4.Atheists are dishonest.True/False

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05211466026535549638 Bradley Bowen

    Typical of bigots, Charlie provides only subjective and anecdotal support for her prejudice against atheists.

    The idea that atheists are lacking in moral integrity is an ancient prejudice, but the objective empirical data goes against this old belief.

    About 1 our of 3 Born Again Christians have divorced, the same as the rest of the population, and the same figure holds for atheists.

    "New Marriage and Divorce Statistics Released"
    The Barna Update
    March 31, 2008
    http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID;=295

    "In evaluating 15 moral behaviors, born again Christians are statistically indistinguishable from non-born again adults on most of the behaviors studied."

    These statistically indistinguishable behaviors include: lying, backstabbing, stealing, getting drunk, using illegal drugs, and having sex outside of marriage.

    "American Lifestyles Mix Compassion and Self-Oriented Behavior"
    The Barna Update
    February 5, 2007
    http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID;=264

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14687132844586133330 Angela

    Charlie, just curious. Do you actually know any Athiests in real life? I do and none of them are less than trustworthy, honest, and hard-working. What’s wrong with this? I also know some Catholics who were perpetrated by nuns and priests, some Baptists who were womanizers and coke junkies, and well, lets face it the BTK killer in Kansas was the highest ranking elder in his church.

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