In June 2015, Gallup released a study detailing the “least electable” demographics in the United States. This year’s big winner — socialists, who surpassed perennially disliked champion Atheists as the bane of the electorate.
To be fair, socialists are scary. They are essentially communists sans the unnatural undead-like long life of the more severe demagogues (Is Fidel Castro dead yet?). More unsettling still, however is our country’s bigotry toward Atheists.
Historically speaking, it has never been a better time to be an Atheist (although it has never been a worse time to be a white person, so please consider this in a relative sense). This is to say that Atheists have been persecuted for millennia; public disdain is a preferable punishment to stoning one for committing the thought crime of apostasy (but it is worth noting that this still occurs in some parts of the world).
But its not just public disdain when we are speaking of the electorate; at its core, this means that Americans are allowing religious beliefs to influence their political decisions. Yeah, big surprise. But because many people simply won’t vote for people because of their non-faith, their religion is informing the composition of our government. So when the church decides the composition of the state for the majority of Americans, how can we pretend that church and state are separate? Until we no longer have electorate “deal-breakers” based upon people’s respective creeds, which have been present since the inception of our union, we won’t be a truly secular nation.
This is not even to speak of the general prejudice that accompanies the non-believers, the heretics and the infidels. I will save that discussion for another time, and leave you with this; imagine 40% of people didn’t want to vote for a Jewish candidate instead of an Atheist. Welcome to Obama’s fourth reich, please this way to an Obamacare death panel.