His mother was an atheist (horrors)

We’re pretty used to an atheist having a snowball’s chance in hell of success in American politics. Here is something I hadn’t come across before: a “values voter” firmly decided she’s going to vote against Barack Obama because his mother was an atheist and father was a Muslim.

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Does this mean there is someone out there spreading “his mother was an atheist” as a smear against Obama? Sigh…

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11338993634025153018 Bruce

    If this woman represents the “Heartland” of America, then I hope the heartland has a massive coronary very soon.

    God will do what’s right? Sure he will, just like he is helping you right now by allowing the stock market to collapse and the economy to sink into a recession and/or depression. And if Obama wins the election, will that be God’s will as well? Will you denounce God as an anti-Christian atheist because he let Obama win?

    Honestly, I think people like this are becoming a dying breed. There is no doubt that they are concentrated in certain parts of the country, but those parts do no make up the majority of the population. They have a lot of power in those states, but as we are seeing in the polls, apparently not enough to keep some of those red states from 2000 and 2004 from turning blue.

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

    Obama is too intelligent to be an atheist. He has actually been a theist for over twenty years. Joe Biden is also a committed theist.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if McCain were an atheist, though.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11688233034699511182 ryan

    Bruce: As a self-ordained representative of the “Heartland” I am unhappy to inform you that this woman is, in fact, representative of a huge volume of people who dwell in our suburban, exurban, and rural communities. Fortunately, I think you’re right that this is a dying breed. Sort of.

    Midwestern voters aren’t exactly dropping their radically conservative social values; rather, they are realizing–at long last–that they are being manipulated and rebelling against it. They are slowly coming to understand that the answer to social problems isn’t to knee-jerkingly outlaw the symptoms. Banning abortion doesn’t reduce abortions, it merely makes them more dangerous; refusing to educate kids about safer sex doesn’t keep them from having sex, it just keeps them from doing it more safely.

    I don’t know whether this represents a coming sea-change or a temporary backlash against the Bush administration, but it is at least a minor step in the right direction.

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

    Charlie, Charlie please…Obama is “too intelligent to be and atheist” look at the video clip again. Does that woman seem intelligent to you?

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

    ^How that is relevant I do not know.

    Obama is brilliant and he rejects atheism. Sorry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17836453361405062274 Brooks

    Charlie, I dare you to go up to Obama and tell him his parents are idiots for being atheists and come back and tell us how he reacts to you insulting his family.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03743116454273042629 Sheldon

    Ohhh my! Thats a whole lot of stupid in that woman!

    The comment about having a president named Obama was incredible! I can’t believe there are people willing to go on camera and be so stupid for posterity!

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

    Well I do have to agree with Charlie about one thing…Obama is intelligent and he ‘seemingly’ rejects athesim but like many intelligent people he may still be in the closet.

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