I was incensed. There it was in the Washington Post, President Obama's campaign adviser casually acknowledging that he did not view the group collectively known as "nones" as a constituency.
This egregious statement is on a par with Mr. Romney's 47% remark. It simply sweeps us under the rug. He says we do not matter.
We do not matter even though an overwhelming majority of nones voted for the President's re-election; figures as high as 87% have been floated in recent days.
So I wrote the petition. Amazingly, no one else has addressed the issue on the Website.
I then E-mailed it to practically the entire Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way, posted it to Mensa, Intertel, the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry, the mail list I have for the Secular Coalition of America, my wife's freethinker's group on Yahoo. You name it, I posted it.
So please consider reading and signing my petition, and even if you choose not to sign, please consider what it means when a sitting president's campaign adviser can blithely state that he does not view 1/5 of the American public as a constituency, what it means for our civil rights, and what it means to others who are religious that hear that.
Remember that phrase attributed to GHW Bush: he did not view atheists as patriotic nor believe they should be citizens.
James, Aviation Electronics Technician First Class, US Navy (Retired-disabled)