On the NoGod blog Dave Silverman asks:
What about you? Do you “vote your Atheism”? Will Atheism and your commitment to the First Amendment separation of government and religion be the major factor in which candidates you support in 2006 and beyond?
GAMPAC, The Godless Americans Action Committee is calling upon Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists and other nonbelievers to support the political candidates that vote “our issues.”
How do you feel about this? Let us know.
There’s no way I could vote for someone merely because they’re an atheist. Atheists are not of one mind and being an atheist does not make one a liberal. An atheist can support the seperation of church(es) and state, but support other things that are in line with theistic ideas.
I’ve met atheists that are against reproductive freedom. I’ve met atheists that are against equal rights for homosexuals. There are atheists that support preemptive war. Other atheists support restrictions on freedom of expression.
If GAMPAC wants to do something productive, it should focus on getting people involved in the political process not trying to turn atheists into single issue voters. How often do we hear the phrase ‘but the Democrats aren’t as (whatever) as the Republicans”?
Has it never occured to anyone that the Democrats don’t feel any pressure to be anything other than not as bad the Republicans because they know we won’t hold them accountable? And since when has being less evil somehow better than being not evil?
It’s sort of like saying the White Separatists are less racist than the White Supremacists so we should support them. And when the White Separatists gain power they’ll remember us peons and do the right thing.
Uh, sure. They’ll shoot us before they hang us, right?