Atheists Targeting Republican Politicians

Here is an excerpt from a story published by CNN:

An atheist organization known for being provocative plans to take that reputation to the next level this week by putting up seven billboards that call out prominent politicians and religious leaders.

American Atheists plans to target three Republican politicians: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former House Speak Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The seven signs will go up around Dallas and Austin, Texas.

Atheists in the USA wish to participate in the political arena without being told that the political arena requires a belief in God’s existence.

As it turns out, the USA’s political arena doesn’t require a belief in God’s existence. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states, “. . . no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The religious neutrality of the political arena is reflected in the First Amendment, which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .”

So, Atheists in the USA are indeed welcome to participate in the political process. Why then would some of them feel a need to speak out against some Republican politicians?


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