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Although I’m an atheist, I almost always vote for a Christian, not because I’m impressed by their declared God beliefs, but because I usually have no other choice – unless I vote for a third party or write-in candidate who has no chance of winning, and even they are probably religious believers. Nonetheless, in reality, closeted atheists have received hundreds of thousands of votes from constituents who probably didn’t know they were voting for an atheist.

The good news for atheists, agnostics, and humanists is the creation of theFreethought Equality Fund, a new Political Action Committee (PAC) dedicated to expanding voters’ choices by backing the candidacy of open nontheists to public office. It is the first such PAC with a paid staff. (Full Disclosure:  I’m an unpaid advisory board member of the Freethought Equality Fund.)

Launched by the American Humanist Association’s Center for Humanist Activism, the Freethought Equality Fund will support candidates who share our goals of protecting the separation of church and state and defending the civil liberties of secular Americans. And it will probably also support some theists and “closeted” atheists who advocate for our causes.

Written By: Herb Silverman
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4 COMMENTS

  1. It is fear of the unknown. It is just the same as fear of gays was a generation ago. We need to see atheists in sitcoms, in movies, as heroes, as villains. If atheists hide in the closet, Christians can tar them with any nonsense and it will be believed. Priority #1 is cracking the stereotypes.

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      It is fear of the unknown. It is just the same as fear of gays was a generation ago. We need to see atheists in sitcoms, in movies, as heroes, as villains. If atheists hide in the closet, Christians can tar them with any nonsense and it will be believed. Priority #1 is cracking the stereotypes.

      Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. I’m a snob and don’t watch much TV but from what I have seen and heard of over the last decade I’m not holding my breath for an atheist version of Will and Grace.

  2. I could imagine Third Rock From the Sun, a sitcom about aliens, exploring religion and being puzzled all to heck.

    Big Bang Theory about physicists could naturally tackle religion if the writers had the nerve.

    You could do a show where a main character is a precious child genius who simply explains to people why religion is wrong, oblivious to the mad attachment others have to error.

  3. Big Bang Theory has presented a fair number of interactions between Sheldon and his Texas Christian Mom that were pretty funny. He often refers to her Bible thumping ways with rolling eyes and exasperation.

    Howard is a checked out Jew and takes a good ribbing about that from time to time. Rajesh also rolls with the punches when the guys make Hindu jokes at his expense.

    I don’t recall much said about Leonard’s religious background or lack of it. I say to the writers of Big Bang: Let Leonard come out as an Atheist!!!

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