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If, for example, another candidate had similar ideas, yet was 'religious' and not a religion that was in conflict with Judeo-Christian Mores, I'd probably vote for the religious candidate.
originally posted by: buster2010
I would have no problem voting for an atheist. It would be nice to have a person in office that isn't hoping our constant wars in the ME may help to speed up Armageddon like the Evangelicals we have in office are hoping. The Founders were smart enough to keep religion out of politics too bad modern Americans aren't.
'We live in a country in which a person cannot get elected president if he
openly doubts the existence of heaven and hell. This is truly remarkable,
given that there is no other body of "knowledge" that we
require our political leaders to master. Even a hairstylist must pass a
licensing exam before plying his trade in the United States, and yet
those given the power to make war and national policy?those whose
decisions will inevitably affect human life for generations?are not
expected to know anything in particular before setting to work. They
do not have to be political scientists, economists, or even lawyers;
they need not have studied international relations, military history,
resource management, civil engineering, or any other field of knowledge
that might be brought to bear in the governance of a modern
superpower; they need only be expert fund-raisers, comport themselves
well on television, and be indulgent of certain myths. In our
next presidential election, an actor who reads his Bible would almost
certainly defeat a rocket scientist who does not. Could there be any
clearer indication that we are allowing unreason and otherworldliness
to govern our affairs ?'