An atheist in the White House? Why not, it's happened before
By TONY HUDSON - NEW STATESMAN
Added: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:44:59 UTC
According to an excellent and thought-provoking article by Sholto Byrnes, atheism is not allowed under the constitution of Indonesia. During the scope of the article, he also claims that "a declared atheist would not stand a chance of running for America's highest office". It is something that can be said around anyone with even a fleeting knowledge of American politics and society which will, more often than not, be met with agreement. The idea that a non-religious person could not be made President of the United States is, in most circles, the conventional wisdom.
The case could be made, however, that the conventional wisdom is wrong.
Firstly, the United States has already elected presidents with no supernatural means of support. Three names -- that might sound familiar -- are those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. These three unelectable heathens have all merited impressive memorials in Washington DC. All three were re-elected for second terms.
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