Musings of the Great Eric

Americans would vote for a homosexual before they’d vote for an atheist

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It’s remarkable that as a middle class heterosexual white male I can still claim membership to the most hated/distrusted/discriminated minority in America (or however you want to interpret the results, anyway).

While I can’t say I’m surprised, the psychology behind this fascinates me. Why is there a perception that faith (or at least, the god-belief) is so virtuous, and why are reason and rationality so devalued?

Personally, I’d like a guy in charge of a nuclear arsenal capable of blowing up the planet ten times to be a rational kind of fellow – not someone who hears voices in his head, as George W Bush has claimed on more than one occasion.

But just looking at the American political scene, being able to convince the electorate that you’re a person of strong faith seems able to make up for a lot of other (what should be disqualifying) moral faults: alcoholism, hard drug use, and going AWOL on national guard duty, for example.

Not being a religious person, this is one of the mindsets of the religious that truly baffles me, and thus I find it interesting. Professing faith strikes me as the ultimate in non-action from a politician, but people seem to so strongly equate religious belief with being a good person that it overwhelms other considerations – like what they actually do. Shouldn’t the ultimate basis for judging a person’s morality be by what they do rather than what they say they believe?

So suffice to say, I don’t get it.

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Written by Eric

February 22, 2007 at 12:58 pm

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  1. Even as a theist, I have to agree with you that the ultimate basis for judging a person’s morality should be by what they do rather than what they say they believe. Many self-proclaimed “theists” in the public square are pretty vile.

    As an aside, I interpret the poll results not as showing hate, distrust, or discrimination (mostly); I think it has more to do with the fact that most people claim to be theists, and people vote for politicians to whom they can relate.

    poppies

    March 25, 2007 at 9:20 pm

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    July 28, 2007 at 3:12 pm


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