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How do you decide which political candidate to vote for? Do you vote for the same political party as usual? Do you go over a candidate's record and positions? Even if you do basic research, when was the last time you saw much or any information about a candidate's views on issues like equal civil rights for atheists and church/state separation? Such information is rare, which means you need to do some original research. You need to interview the political candidates asking for your vote.

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November 5, 2010 at 9:56 am
(1) tmandetroit says:

These are some great ideas and questions, Austin. It is important to let politicians and the general public know that discrimination of any kind is not acceptable. Freedom of conscience, to believe or not to believe in anything at all, is a fundamental human right. The more we promote citical thinking, the better educated we will become as a nation. It is appalling to me that so many Americans do not know how to use critical thinking skills or even constuct a simple logical argument. Truth and reality must be based upon facts that are supported by observable and testable evidence. Rumours, half-truths, and all out lies are often accepted without even an ounce of doubt. Skepticism is necessary for individual intellectual growth. P.T. Barnum was absolutely correct in saying that a fool is born every minute. But if we thrust skepticism into the public arena, atheists, freethinkers, secularists and humanist will become more visible and accepted.

November 5, 2010 at 11:58 am
(2) ChuckA says:

IMO, because atheism is definitely NOT a religion, and we’re not Just secularists, etc. we have no official representatives or central association to function as a sort of single representative voice; especially regarding contact with the major media.
The one openly atheist person I can think of, who gets regular, even popular recognition, is comedian Bill Maher.
(Comedians, for the most part, always seem to be our best allies?)
Otherwise atheists in general are ignored when it comes to elections. The only admitted atheist in Congress, if I’m not mistaken, is Pete Stark (democrat in CA.?)…and, after the latest Tea Party debacle, is he even still there? ;)
I happen to think we’re getting to a stage where we atheists…or godless…or…”non-theists”, or whatever moniker “floats your boat”, may have to decide on a central organization, much like a political party; if only to gain some recognition as a political force to be reckoned with by the majority of politicians.
I suppose the closest major secular ally we have right now would be AU, “Americans United for Separation of Church and State”; of which the current, and longtime, president is Rev. Barry Lynn, who may, indeed, secretly(?) be an atheist. Which reminds me of this Site…

…Which I’ve been rather seriously considering using for…what!…a late in life establishing of a very questionable “status”? Yeah…”Rev. ChuckA”…has a kind of ring to it, dontcha think?…or is it more like a “thud”?
I’m reminded of Christopher Hitchens’ repeated criticism of various so-called ministers (like Rev. Sharpton, f’rnstance) getting attention JUST because of that all too murky titled status.

November 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm
(3) ChuckA says:

continuing from above…
As to any OFFICIAL candidates…well…that’s a whole other, perhaps NOT, for the moment, important aspect. The point being, until the major political parties, as well as the major media, are forced to recognize…i.e., have a much more realistic and accurate handle on “real numbers” of us “godless” (heathens?), they’ll continue to ignore us when making decisions about things like Faith-based economic policies.
I voted for Obama in 2008; but all I’ve seen on things like Faith-base issues, like the “National Day of Prayer”, etc. baloney, is pretty much the continuation of the previous administration’s rather outrageous leaning towards what are clearly, IMO, unconstitutional, even Dominionist oriented policies.

Speaking of the AU; here’s the (probably temporary) link to a video of Barry Lynn’s latest talk on the AU channel RE the increased dangers we secularists and atheists face after the 11/2/10 mid-term shakeup. (It’s about 40 min. in length)…

November 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm
(4) ChuckA says:

I forgot (in my 1st comment, above) to include the link to that Site that offers FREE ordination…
for atheists!
Check it out?:

November 4, 2013 at 11:13 am
(5) Jeanne says:

Personally, I do not care about a politician’s personal religious beliefs. What I do care about is whether or not that individual can separate their personal beliefs from their official duties. If a candidate thinks that their religion should shape their policies in a secular government, that individual will not get my vote. Lately, that includes most republicans

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