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← Religion gets away with what no political party could

JeremyW's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by JeremyW

Slight digression here, but by a sort of proxy, we in America are currently in a similar situation... certainly mostly with the "G"OP but even observably less religious politicians in both parties simply HAVE to recite whatever dopey Christian shibboleths to bubble up to the top.

"All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear, when the holy land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be, when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed — peace be upon them — joined in prayer." - Barack Obama

A publicly anti-theist politician absolutely would not be able to get elected to any respectable office. The list of prominent lawyers and politicians in the US who admit to being atheists is hilariously short.

I fantasize about an imaginary list of actual in-the-closet atheists who are currently holding office in the US (and I think that Obama is one, in fact) becoming public; I think that it would change the entire political conversation in this country.

Politicians in the US do actually conform to a lot of your criteria, the demands for unswerving allegiance, the symbolic acts, youth groups, indoctrination, etc...

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:40:43 UTC | #897259