So the news is in. It has been confirmed. There is no more looking for last minute surprises or a sudden turn around.
Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for President of the United States of America. And I plan on throwing my support behind him. I hope you, my atheist readers (assuming you’re out there) will do the same.
Now why do I think that the godless of America should throw our support behind Obama? Well, I have a few reasons actually.
The first is quite simple: Atheists, speaking generally, tend to be liberal. Barack is the liberal candidate. If we wish to move the country away from the ‘conservative values’ that have been pushed by the Bush regime for the last 8 years, then Obama is the answer. I don’t think he’s the answer to all our problems, or the perfect candidate for liberal America. But he’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Second is his position on religion.
Senator Obama also laid down principles for how to discuss faith in a pluralistic society, including the need for religious people to translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values during public debate.
He’s clearly religious. Which is no surprise. It’s going to be many, many years before we get an atheist who can even run for president, let alone have a chance of winning. That, coupled with his overhaul of faith based initiatives. (Essentially, he puts the money given to faith based organizations under government supervision and removes their ability to descriminate religiously with the funds they are given.)
Do I think that Obama will change the way the government operates in America? No. Do I think that we will immediately get out of Iraq and our foreign relations will be peaceful and loving? No. Do I think that all our social and economic problems will immediately be solved? No.
But as I said before, a vote for Obama is a step in the right direction. A vote for McCain is a step back.