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Can an Atheist make it to The House of Representatives, The Senate or perhaps even the Presidency?

Answering my own question:

Presently, no. In the future, possibly(25% or so).

Please share your thoughts

By AchillesXIII
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It all depends on who gets their ass up and goes to the polls.

But running as an atheist in and of it's self? nah, Even I wouldn't vote on just that. What's the stand on the rest of the issues...

RoseyRose Level 5 July 11, 2018
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Over 70% of voters identify as christian in the US. To me that translates into no chance for the Presidency being openly Atheist in the foreseeable future. An Agnostic may pull it off prior to an Atheist due to their (I don't know) position on the existence of gods. Congress will slowly grow it's non religious population as religious generations die off.

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kensmile4u Level 7 July 11, 2018
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We couldn't even keep a non-protestant Christian in the Oval Office without him being assassinated. (And yes, I am aware that this is a gross oversimplification of the factors which likely led to his assassination, but the fact that he was the first Catholic president seemed to be a sticking point for a lot of people.) A non-Christian in office would cause the seas to run red with blood and a 40-day rain of frogs.

Mudslinging about/involving dubious claims regarding Obama's religion was a major tool in attempts to hamstring both his candidacy and his presidential administration.

I would love for this country to progress to the point that an overt non-Christian could successfully run for and hold federal office (or a couple SCOTUS seats) but given that "America is a Christian nation" is still a relatively popular sentiment I fear it won't be until all the fundamentalist Federal incumbents still playing Cold War politics currently older than 60 are dead, assuming they haven't all been replaced by their proteges. Given the high incumbency rates at the federal level, it could be as far away as 20-40 years, when the children of GenX and Millenials are old enough to have a controlling interest in the federal political arena.

geist171 Level 6 July 11, 2018
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I think presently, yes. Bernie was pretty clearly not a believer in a literal deity and he had enthusiastic support. All it would take is for the candidate to also be a no-BS straight shooter (like Bernie) and an open acknowledgement of non-belief could actually go in her/his favor. People (enough of them to elect a president anyway) are ready for honesty. It could happen in 2020. That’s not to say there wouldn’t be a ton of dissenters, but we have that now.

skado Level 8 July 11, 2018
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According to statistics, not yet.

Morganfreeman Level 7 July 5, 2018
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It would worry me if an atheist was blocked from doing so.

Ellatynemouth Level 8 July 5, 2018
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Currently atheists are banned from holding public office in seven states. Because no one has challenged the relevant laws yet. They'd be overturned, at least until Trump's SC pick gets in, then we're likely screwed.

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That's shocking. Some rule must be being broken there. It's a human rights issue.

@Ellatynemouth I bet the loophole works like this: since atheism involves not believing in God (or does not include belief in God) it's not TECHNICALLY a religion and therefore it is allowable to discriminate against them because there are no laws protecting anyone from discrimination based on 'philosophical leanings.'

@geist171

Yes. It's like being able to discriminate against gay people in cake shops. Being gay is not a faith.

Then there are those would complain about not being able to make jokes about gay people... "It's political correctness gone mad!"

Everything is weighted in the bully's favour.

@Ellatynemouth the controlling demographic seems to equate 'equality' to 'ascendancy over me' and then the people within that demographic who have grown complacent and secure in the idea of their continued control start to see other people having this expectation of levelling the playing field equalling destroying their (to them) natural advantages. There's a bit in one of the Nero Wolfe stories that sort of works here. 'Did you know, when an international financier is held up at gunpoint, he gives the assailant not only his wallet, but his pants and shoes as well, because it doesn't occur to him that even a common thug would draw the line somewhere.'

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Highly doubtful. The churches have too much , the rich are too righteous in their and the people are too mistrustful of anything they can't relate to. With being so widespread, atheism is still looked down on by most.

Shawniedawn Level 5 July 5, 2018
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most polictians know there is no gods and religions are fake. They know if they don't play up the god card people are stupid and will not vote for them otherwise. If they really believed they would not be lieing , and thieving like they do.

benhmiller Level 6 July 5, 2018
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we are still a nation of superstitions, myths, legends and lies. So many will not admit there is no gods and all religions are made up

benhmiller Level 6 July 5, 2018
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Only when Vatican will turn to ashes

Morganfreeman Level 7 July 5, 2018
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I didn't think we would have a president that looked like Obama in my lifetime.

We will have an-out-of-the closet secular president someday. During our lifespan - not sure about that one.

UrsiMajor Level 7 July 5, 2018
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I have no doubt that there are non-believers in congress or any other branch of the government. But they can't come out and say that because they know that they simply get elected.

What I would love to see is any government official that has finished their term and not trying to go for another. To actually come out and admit that 'yes, I am a non-believer' I always have been.

TristanNuvo Level 7 July 5, 2018
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I'm sure we've already had them in all three capacities mentioned. An "avowed atheist" might be a better question.

ProudMary Level 8 July 5, 2018
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An atheist yes to all those posts. An atheist activist? No. I don't think personal beliefs should be discussed at all as long as their beliefs conform to the Constitution. This would prohibit religious activists from holding leadership positions as well.

Seminarian Level 6 July 5, 2018
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Not possible until the climate against atheists change.

Marine Level 8 July 5, 2018
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They are there, and always have been, including Presidents. To admit it would be political suicide.

Sticks48 Level 8 July 5, 2018
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Look up "Free Thought Caucus".

LimitedLight Level 6 July 5, 2018
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Thank You. That's the best news this year.The Congressional Freethought Caucus just started April 25 2018 by four Dem Reps in the House. The Right named them 'The Atheist's Club'. It iz a start.

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An open atheist. If bet there's a closeted atheists in all sorts of places.

weelittleone Level 6 July 5, 2018
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