The number of atheists world-wide is growing but yet I have not heard of any person serving in a major political office and openly atheist. Does anyone know of any openly atheist politicians? Isn’t it about time we see more?
In the U.S., I'm at a loss to think of any and would be floored if any got elected. Elections still require a majority vote and a majority of Americans still think that one needs god to be in office.
But it would indeed be a breath of fresh air. I think it was a congressman - Minnesota I think? - recently elected who really was Muslim. That alone was a major leap for this country and blow to paranoia/racism.
Does Jesse Ventura count as a major political office? I thought there was a woman in SC or NC that was trying to get elected last fall, but I don't know her name or if she got elected. She was pretty open about being an atheist.
Sadly, I think that any American politician who claimed publicly to be an atheist would be committing political suicide. I don't think that a large proportion of Americans are ready to concede that you don't need to be Christian to be a moral person. That said, I suspect that there have been, and are, many American politicians who were non-believers and have merely paid lip service to religion. A few that come to mind immediately are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Barney Frank, Al Gore and Ronald Regan. I am really just speculating about these individuals but, for one reason or another, I have gotten the feeling that none of them are, or were, more than conveniently and symbolically devout.