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  •  ONLY athests should be allowed to run..... (3.62)
    ..for office, because only atheists are likely to respect the religious freedom of all, while keeping government secular.

    "What luck for rulers that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler

    by Bensdad on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 07:06:38 PM PST

    •  Completely untrue (none)
      You can have militant atheists too, you know. What if they get into office and decide that religion should be repressed? You can't assume that all atheists are going to be nice, reasonable, respectful people.

      Besides, it's insulting to religious people to imply that they can't keep their religious lives and their ethical/political lives separate.

      I say this as a secular humanist... or an atheistic neo-pagan, if you really want to push it.

      •  agreed... (2.50)
        I've run across more than one atheist whose belief in "NO GOD!!!" is so strong that if such a person were elected to public office, he'd probably try to burn people alive for heresy.

        Fanatic fundies have more in common with each other than with the rest of us, whether the excuse for fanaticism is atheism, Christianity, Islam, or for that matter, Wicca.

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        by alizard on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 08:44:05 PM PST

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    •  its more than just that (none)
      actually, a professed atheist is the only one who can be trusted to honor the obligation of an office since for a religious person who believes in the soul, their official duties could come in conflict with the posterity of their immortal soul and they could not be trusted to carry out the necessary deeds of the office in fear that in doing so they would go to hell for it.
    •  Apatheists should be encouraged to run! (none)
      I think we should encourage apatheists to run for office. An apatheist, some of whom are believers, is somebody who doesn't get all that worked up over religious matters. There's a great essay about apatheism, defining the term basically, here.

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