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  •  Kind of a chicken or the egg argument (6+ / 0-)

    Which comes first, ending discrimination against a group, or getting people within that group elected into office?

    Here's the thing: there are probably already Atheist/agnostic Representatives/Senators right now. The difference is that they are not open about it. Because if they were, they probably wouldn't have won. That's the reality of the situation.

    In the US, Muslims and Mormons are more electable than Atheists right now. Does it really make more sense to expect an openly Atheist politician to win an election first, or change public opinion, both within the Democratic community, and the general public?

    •  And the one well-known one who (1+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber

      was in the Congress kind of crashed and burned.

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun May 19, 2013 at 03:07:15 PM PDT

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      •  True. There's always the thought experiment (2+ / 0-)
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        Glen The Plumber, skohayes

        Even before we get to freshly electing an openly Atheist politician, let's consider this: A representative who initially won office as religiously affiliated, then while in office declared that they were Atheist, and is not running for re-election. Who wants to guess how that works out?

        This is not to deny that there have been openly Atheist/non-religious US politicians in the past. However, in today's hyper-religious hyper-tribalism era, it is practically unheard of.

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