Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Question of the Day

Could you vote for an atheist for public office?

[cross-posted]

8 comments:

Earl said...

No.

DannyG said...

Depends on the office. But, in general, yes. If someone can do the job with honesty and integrety his or her personal faith is irrelevant. I probably have the hardest time with President/VP. I want that person to acknowledge something beyond themselves, something eternal, and to know that they are accountable not just to the voters.

Dan Trabue said...

Is he a Democrat or a Republican? Gay or straight? I need more details!!

Allan R. Bevere said...

It depends... What kind of BBQ does s/he like?

Keith Taylor said...

No

Dan Trabue said...

Could you vote for an atheist for public office?

Hmmm, my hunch would be that, for a good number of Christians, they couldn't vote for the vast majority of Christians for public office, let alone an atheist.

John said...

I would, provided that the candidate was not a militant atheist and his/her political views coincided with mine.

Of course, I'm coming from the perspective of having been an atheist. I would have no objections to being governed by the John of six years ago.

DannyG wrote:

I want that person to acknowledge something beyond themselves, something eternal, and to know that they are accountable not just to the voters.

I don't get the sense that most Christian politicians feel that they are accountable to any power, earthly or eternal. So a politician's faith just isn't much of a selling point.

Debbie Andrews said...

I would probably vote for an atheist. How do we really know what is in a man's (or woman's) heart? The faith issue during election time is so distressing for me as it is so obvious it is just a vote-getting tactic.

We just need to avoid electing the kooks - Christians and otherwise.