If You Want Politicians to Fill Out Your Questionnaire, Can You At Least Ask Properly-Worded Questions? September 5, 2014

If You Want Politicians to Fill Out Your Questionnaire, Can You At Least Ask Properly-Worded Questions?

Like many news organizations, 40/29 News in Arkansas has a questionnaire they sent to all major political candidates. They’re publishing the responses on their website and one question in particular stands out for its *awful* wording:

Do you think prayer should be allowed in schools?

Every single atheist I know would say yes to that question. If students or teachers want to pray privately, I have no desire to stop them. What I (and many others) oppose are school-sponsored prayers, whether they’re led by teachers, principals, or football coaches. That’s the question they should be asking, but you’d never know that from the word.

Despite that, Nate Steel, a Democrat running for Attorney General, managed to screw up the softball question:

I think the freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion. Growing up in a rural public school, blessings and prayers were commonplace.

I have no idea what that means. Does the Attorney General wannabe want to ignore the First Amendment and let school officials lead prayers? Does he want Christianity to be imposed upon the students? Who knows. A better-worded question might have elucidated the matter.

Incidentally, Steel’s other answers are no better. It’s hard to distinguish him from your typical southern Republican. In fact, he may have fooled the news team, too — check out the URL on that site.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Brian for the link)

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