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?
Some day, declaring oneself to be atheist while running for public office could be seen as a great opportunity much like when the opportunists of today run on a green-friendly campaign but ten years ago advocated nuclear energy plants. Did these civic-minded men and women evolve? Oh, sure, some did, and some are still full of shit.
It seems like the best place to start working on increasing the role of atheists in politics would be in local elections. In the American bible belt where I live, this would be futile. But in the more civilized parts of the U.S., I suspect that this could be accomplished.
I agree. Being from SOuth Carolina I can tell you that it is suicide to run for any office as an atheist. Tha't too bad too, because there are alot of great South Carolina atheists that would make great elected leaders.