Insulting atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina declares people of faith make better leaders.
Speaking in Iowa at the Caucus Candidate Forum Series earlier this week, Fiorina discussed the importance of her faith while insulting those without faith.
I think people of genuine faith, whatever their faith is — I’m a Christian — but people of genuine faith, I believe, make better leaders. And I don’t say that with disrespect to anyone, but I’ll tell you specifically what I think faith gives a leader. I believe faith gives us empathy. A person of faith knows that no one of us is any better than any other one of us. Each of us are created by God. And that empathy permits us to see in someone’s circumstance possibilities. Faith gives us humility. Humility is really important in a leader, because it is humility that causes a leader to say, “Sometimes I must be restrained. Sometimes this is not something I should do. Sometimes this is something I don’t know. Sometimes I need to seek wisdom and counsel of others,” perhaps, for example, the citizens of this great nation…And finally, I think faith gives us optimism. And you cannot lead effectively — which, in the end, leadership is about unlocking potential in others — you cannot lead unless you know that people will rise to the occasion. That there is a brighter future in front of us if we do the right things.
Fiorina’s statement implies that people without religious faith are inferior to people with faith, and goes on to imply that people without faith lack empathy, humility and optimism. Such claims are obnoxious, and without substance.
Indeed, one could easily make an argument in the other direction, claiming that religious faith makes one less empathetic, less humble, and less optimistic.
In fact, religious faith is a dangerous deception, and human history is replete with examples of people doing monstrous things in the name of some god that does not exist.
Fiorina has been rising steadily in the polls, and as a Republican politician she is expected to throw red meat to the conservative Christian base of her party. Apparently, in Iowa this week, it is feeding time.
Bottom line: Insulting atheists, agnostics and other freethinkers while promoting religious superstition with bad arguments is good politics for a GOP presidential candidate.
The culture wars continue.