He’s not an atheist, but I still think Barack Obama is the best viable candidate in terms of respecting a separation of state and church.
If you’re in Iowa, here’s to hoping you’re caucusing for him. (And not just for that reason.)
Hopefully you’re not as much of an anti-atheist bigot as the woman below:
Meanwhile, Obama shook hands in a downtown food court. Although he had a lot of eager well-wishers, he did get one chilly question: is he an atheist?
“I’m a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ,” Obama replied, according to a pool report. “Don’t read e-mails.”
He was referring to malicious rumors that he is either a nonbeliever or a radical Muslim.
“I hated having to ask him that,” said the questioner, Zanata Moore-El. “But I heard he was like an atheist. I don’t want a president who’s an atheist. I’m a firm believer in God. I just really wanted to make sure because I really wanted to vote for him and he has some good topics and everything.”
Ugh. Sadly, I’m sure there are plenty of others who think like Moore-El.
It’s also disappointing that political reporter Marcella Bombardieri thinks being called a “nonbeliever” would qualify as a “malicious rumor.”
It might be untrue, but it’s not an insult.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Iowa Caucus, Democrat, Republican[/tags]