Would you vote for an atheist

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Would you vote for an atheist
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Thu, 07-01-2004 - 11:42am
Below is a link to an article about Ron Reagan Jr. When asked if he would consider running for president he said that he would be unelectable due to his athiesm.

Do you think an atheist could be elected to office ? If an athiest shared most of your views on public policy, would you vote for him/her ? Or would being an athiest completely disqualify him/her from getting your vote ?

TIA

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/27/magazine/27QUESTIONS.html?ex=1088913600&en=e9236ca4b50a1a31&ei=5062

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Registered: 11-15-2003
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 12:05pm
If I agreed with his policies, of course I'd vote for him! People actually vote/not vote for people based on the candidate's religious beliefs???
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Registered: 09-10-2003
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 12:39pm
I vote on how the candidate views certain issues...religion has nothing to do with my vote.I find it somewhat sad that some people would not vote for someone who agreed with the issues all because of religion.
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Registered: 04-03-2003
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 12:43pm
I don't care if a candidate worshipped the afore-mentioned Marvin the Martian; if s/he was solid on the issues I care about, I'd vote for her/him. IMO, religious affiliation should have absolutely no effect on a candidate's ability to govern.

DD

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Registered: 04-19-2004
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 12:51pm
Thanks for the link - that was interesting.

I always vote based on politics, so I would vote for an atheist if we agreed more politically than I did for his or her opponent.

A small part of me would almost feel compelled to vote for him no matter his political beliefs because at least it could mean a demographic change. We always get the Christian white male - shake it up, people!

Although I don't think the country as a whole is ready to allow it, they should be. I just don't have a lot of faith (heh) in the masses anymore.

Sheryl

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Registered: 01-28-2004
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 1:24pm
Yes, I would vote for an atheist. I do not, however, think an atheist could be elected at this time.

Alisha

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Registered: 10-30-2003
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 1:43pm
I am sure an atheist could be elected to various positions today. I am sure there are already several serving at all levels of government. However, I think we are a long ways off from electing an atheist as President. I think we will elect a women and an African-American before we elect an atheist, and I don''t think a candidate from either of those two groups can get elected today.

That being said I would vote for anyone whose issues I agreed with, regardless of their religion, gender, race, or sexual orientation.

Anne

I have no need for anger
With intimate strangers
And I got nothing to hide


- Amy Ray

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Registered: 01-28-2004
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 2:26pm
>>>>>However, I think we are a long ways off from electing an atheist as President. I think we will elect a women and an African-American before we elect an atheist, and I don''t think a candidate from either of those two groups can get elected today.<<<<

I meant President. I should have been more specific and said so, and yes, I agree a woman or an African-American has a better shot at the Presidency right now than a white male atheist.

>>>>>>That being said I would vote for anyone whose issues I agreed with, regardless of their religion, gender, race, or sexual orientation.<<<<

Same here. I wouldn't vote for an atheist I thought would try to shove his atheistic views down the nation's throat, but I wouldn't vote for a Christian who would try to make Christianity the state religion, either.

Alisha



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Registered: 03-25-2004
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 2:56pm
It goes without saying that I'd vote for an atheist. In fact, I probably already have, since I keep voting third parties!

I don't think that people vote for candidates based on their religion per se. However, people do vote for candidates who they feel share their values, and religion is frequently used as a proxy for values. It seems to be hard for a lot of religious people to understand that religion is *not* the font and source of good values, and that belief in God need not have anything to do with values and morality.

Pete

"My eyes! The goggles do nothing!"

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 3:04pm
I'm uncomfortable voting for anybody whose God-belief is a major part of their political agenda. That could include both atheists and fundamentalist Christians.

My guess is that there are atheists in public office at all levels. They, like most public officials have the good sense to keep their opinions about God private.



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Registered: 03-09-2001
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 3:59pm
Well, it would depend on his/her platform, experience, political voting record, personal qualities (values, morals, etc.). I don't think declaring oneself to be a member/believer in any religion qualifies a person for anything at all, except maybe going to a particular church/temple, LOL! :P So, if I liked what I came to know about the person, I'd vote for him/her. I'd vote for someone I thought could do a good job, even if she/he DID believe in some religion, for that matter. :D I don't think one's religious label (if a person uses one) should qualify or disqualify her/him from seeking political office. It's immaterial. Extraneous information. Doesn't matter. JMO.


Blessings,

Gypsy

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