Americans Confess Whether They'd Vote For An Atheist Presidential Candidate
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When it comes to electing a leader, the choice is an easy one if a potential candidate shares the same values as yours.


And while a candidate is fit to lead remains to be seen, we rely on our instinct to choose someone with whom we can relate.

But sometimes, our options are limited and we inevitably go with someone who is the lesser of two evils.

Curious to hear from strangers online about a hypothetical, Redditor Cashmeresquid2309 asked:

"Americans of Reddit, would you vote for an openly Atheist presidential candidate? Why or why not?"

Redditors were quick to point out the answer was a no-brainer.

We Already Know The Answer

"Asking Reddit if they'd vote for an atheist..."

"I feel like the answer would be obvious."

– sarahmagoo

Sci-Fi Analogy

"Americans of Reddit, would you vote for a Star Wars fan who heckin loves doggos?"

– WitnessChemical

For The Atheists In The Crowd

"Atheists of atheistville, would you vote for an open atheist?"

– nixcamic

Others weighed in with a range of opinions.

Redirect, Please

"Better to ask the question in r/conservative"

– DoctorTacoMD

About 45

"What's funny is how many of them would probably say no, even though they voted for Trump and would do so again. Say whatever else you want about him, but I seriously can't understand how anyone could genuinely believe Trump is a Christian. He's so obviously faking it and is undoubtedly the most atheistic president we've ever had or are likely to have for a long time."

"This is a guy who's never even so much as read the Bible or attended church, who told a conservative radio host his favorite Bible verse was 'an eye for an eye', who told evangelical interviewers that he's never asked God for forgiveness because he's never done anything wrong, and who routinely commits all 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth) without remorse."

– empfindsamkeit

From A Different Perspective

"Not an american but interestingly according to this survey on 1006 people from 2007, being atheist was the worst thing you could be as a candidate (of the things asked) with only 45 % of people saying they'd vote for one."

– ilovecatfish

An atheist candidate isn't necessarily a big strike.

Double Negative

"I wouldn’t not vote for someone just because they were atheist."

– HabitualEnthusiast

Credibility First

"This is it. If they’re running on platforms I support with a history to back up those campaign promises, I don’t care if they belong to the church of the flying spaghetti monster. They could literally be a member of the satanic temple and I, an actual practicing Christian, would give less shi*s than a constipated sloth."

"Edit: yes, I realize the Satanic Temple does not actually worship satan. I used it for that purpose. The Church of Satan has some…problematic views and I probably would not vote for someone who literally holds a platform of eugenics."

– Phoenix_of_Asclepius

Some view the role of religion in politics as important.

It Depends

"Religion can be relevant: I would have strong reservations about voting for a Scientologist, even if I agreed with the policies they proposed. I would have strong reservations voting for a member of an apocalyptic cult or, possibly worse, a follower of the (highly heretical) 'prosperity gospel,' which unfortunately includes more and more so-called 'evangelicals' — I didn't vote for George W. Bush, but it's not because he was an evangelical."

"It depends on the role: I'd probably be more flexible with a legislator than an executive (mayor, governor, president), as their character is IMO more important than for a legislator and their policy stances somewhat less important relative to a legislator."

"Satanic temple — well, that's just an organized group of atheists and humanists with an intentionally inflammatory choice of name. They're generally fine people."

– alyssasaccount

A Bad Rap

"The Satanic Temple is an excellent organization that every decent person should be able to respect. A Church of Satan member, not so much."

"There's a huge difference between them!"

– StarsEatArtBooks

And Redditor boganvegan said it best.

"Better an open atheist than a fake Christian."

It all boils down to trustworthiness. Without full transparency, how could anyone put their faith in a candidate who spews nothing but lies?

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