The purpose of AtheistVoter is simple: Ensure that elected officials know that atheists, agnostics, and other nonreligious constituents vote — and vote in huge numbers — so they can no longer simply ignore us or take our votes for granted.
The effects of religion in public policy issues can be seen in every level of government: from anti-LGBT discrimination to restricting the healthcare choices of women, from preferential treatment for religious group in the tax code to the excuse of “it’s tradition” for allowing Christian ideology to remain part of everyday government practices.
Policies rooted in religious bigotry and theology attack the fundamental rights of the nonreligious and our fellow citizens. History has shown us the only way to change the political dialogue is to show elected officials the value of our votes.
While I’m under no illusion that atheists will sway the Presidential election on our own, there is a helpful list of upcoming candidate events. If you’re in the area, it would be great to attend and ask questions about the candidates’ views on church/state separation. Get them on the record and let them know it’s an important issue to you.
Note that the site doesn’t endorse candidates or explicit positions. That’s because this is more about getting atheists involved in politics no matter what their preferences are.
“This is about protecting our most fundamental right to good government. Politicians pander to religious extremists on women’s healthcare, LGBT rights, and the role of religion in government. That needs to stop today,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists. “2016 will be the year American politicians finally face their atheist constituents.”
Well… you would hope, anyway.
And if a website does nothing for you, remember that the Reason Rally will take place again next year (an announcement about the date is forthcoming). A gathering of tens of thousands of atheists in Washington may be the most effective way to make clear politicians should take our concerns seriously if they want our votes.