Originally posted by Metal Brain
If a person avoids voting for an atheist just because he is an atheist it is a type of discrimination. I became curious about this when I watched the McLaughlin Group last week. Someone on the panel suggested people want someone with the same beliefs as themselves, but I don't see how believing in god is going to help a person make decisions. If anything, I would think it would have the opposite effect.
i thought that in politics policy mattered, that is the actual content of what a particular
candidate is promising to deliver irrespective of their personal beliefs. Why a persons
personal beliefs should have a bearing on either their ability to make decisions or to
form a governing body you have not stated although without a doubt i suspect that
some kinds of bias may exist. I have no idea what the McLaughlin group is.
There were and are many religious groups which have fomented great social change
from hospital and prison reform to the abolition of slavery. Are you willing to deny
that they were motivated to a lesser or greater degree by their religious convictions?