Belief and politics

I read somewhere, very recently, that an acknowledged atheist in our society, no matter how qualified or politically necessary, can never be elected President. Damn… there go all my hopes for the future.

Perhaps the majority of voters think we need a god to keep the world at peace, or feed the hungry, or raise the poor from the economic miasma.

And what about giving us an edge on foreign religions? Hell, don’t they believe in the god as well?

And what about the conflict between religion and science? Don’t we need science for civilization to progress? And don’t we need to reinforce education, rather than lay off teachers,  to promote science?

And Math?

And the Arts?

It seems, though, that the fundamental beliefs of the atheist in human development and responsibility are meaningless when compared to the beliefs of the prayer-meeting politician.

I signed a petition this week to have “Under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. I’d sure like to see “in God We Trust” taken off our money. Neither is likely to happen.

I know the rich keep getting richer while the poor trust in a god to lift them up to a mythical “next life.” The don’t see that they are being used… kept in their place by that upper class.

Now, I CAN’T take advantage of the poor. I’m what’s called in NYC an “Ethical Humanist.” It doesn’t make me much of a political guy in West Virginia… but, at least, I can live with myself.

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on September 29, 2011, in Art, Arts, atheism, campaign, editorial, Education, election, ethics, government, Opinion, petition, Politics, Religion, Science, Technology, Warning, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. As a Christian deeply embedded in the work of the church (preparing to enter ministry soon), I could not agree with you more.

    To begin with, when people start to use personal religion as a reason to pursue given governmental policies, that religion loses any credibility – it becomes a mere tool for pursuing self-interest. The religious right has done more harm to my religion than I care to recount.

    Yet, when the progressive Christians try and do the same thing, they are missing the second big point: Religion is never a good argument for the public sector! If the foundation of your argument hangs on a premise that your opponents could never reasonably accept (because they are, for example, atheists), then your argument is pointless.

    Thirdly and lastly, the conflation of patriotism with God is distressing. When we start to wish that God [only] bless America, and claim God as being on our side, we have shrunk God into an image that I personally could never believe in.

    And there’s my Christian two cents.

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