this is fairly significant folks.  as a constituency we are being ignored. most of us want some pretty basic things but politicians don't cater to us.  by some accounts non-believers carried the day for Obama this past November.  

what would most of us want?  here are my most basic requests:

1.  federal ban on creationism

2.  prayer and religious ornaments banned from public grounds

3.  legal abortion (i know it's legal, but it needs to be way more legal in some states)

4.  legal weed (i know it's not universal but i have a feeling it's close)

5.  end of abstinence only sex ed

6.  pentacostals all put in loony bins

ok, i can compromise on #6.  

feel free to add what i missed.  

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Pat, that took guts. Well done.

Thanks. I also do work as children's legal advocate in the local trial courts. Since I'm known as the most outspoken atheist in the county, the local judges, when swearing me in, never ask the "so help you god part." They know better.

Thanks Matthew, I am moving my comment here to join this discussion. 

Time has come to speak up and out about issues that concern us because if we do not, our Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches will remain in the hands of people who believe in god, who believe god loves them and answers prayers, that prayer can stop earthquakes, storms, and climate change. That is, a non-being sees all the suffering and humiliation taking place on Earth and will answer pleas for help. Show me the evidence! 

Being silent, thinking and acting privately, one person can make a difference. By coming together for a common purpose, discussing, evaluating, planning together, and taking positive action can change what we perceive as needing change.  

I would like to see atheists be able to run for government offices, including President of the United States. To quote Quentin R. Bufogle:

“I want an avowed atheist in the White House. When time comes to push that button, I want whoever's making the decision to understand that once it's pushed, it's over. Finito. They're not gonna have lunch with Jesus. Won't be deflowering 72 virgins on the great shag carpet of eternity, or reincarnated as a cow. I want someone making that decision who believes life on this Earth isn't just a dress rehearsal for something better -- but the only shot we get.”

"Ability" isn't at issue. Legally there's nothing stopping any atheist from running. The problem is in this culture, he or she would most likely not be elected. And that, unfortunately, is not something you can legislate.

Outstanding! I share that vision. 

A strengthened voter's rights act.

Constitutional equal rights amendment.

Marriage equality for LGBT persons in all states.

No preemptive wars.

I agree!

Add to the list:

7.  death with dignity. This would mean without Oregon's requirement that two doctors agree a person is terminally ill and has at most six months to live.

That is a very good addition. Government is generally uninterested in you while you live but suddenly want to control your right to die. And usually based on belief in the fairies. Ironically if they allowed you to die with dignity there would be more death taxes for them as people frequently waste the savings in the last months of life hanging onto something they have no choice in. Then of course the medical bunch wouldn't make their cut so who knows.

Yes Tom.  You mentioned what I was too busy (or lazy) to look-up.  I knew there was something in Oregon's law that made me think they didn't really allow death with dignity.

Not wanting to disagree, but assisted suicide is a reality in Oregon and Washington. I don't think it's heinous to require 2 doctor's opinion when the issue is helping someone end their life.  And for a doctor, it's a major paradigm shift, and violates the Hippocratic Oath, even for those who sincerely and thoughtfully want to end suffering in a compassionate way.

The act is currently used in both Oregon and Washington states.  In Oregon, "Since the enabling law was passed in 1997, 460 patients had died under the provisions of the Death with Dignity Act."    By 2011, 255 people in WA state did the same.  npr.

As for the expectation for a 6 month life expectancy, that's the same as the current Hospice referral. 

One could argue that a person should be able to commit suicide regardless of life expectancy, such as someone with intractable pain - but the 6 month requirement does not seem excessive to me.  I imagine it covers the majority of people affected.  Most people with longer life expectancy also have the where-with-all to do it without a Dr's Rx, although some may not.




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