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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinS View Post
    Then why vote at all?
    Vote for something that's harder to fake, like religion.

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    There is a distinction, and personal views do seep into political views. Religion frequently affects political policy.
    This is another good argument for why a candidate's chosen religion is germane.

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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Vote for something that's harder to fake, like religion.
    So, you would not take into account the proclaimed policy of somebody seeking to hold political office?


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm
    This is another good argument for why a candidate's chosen religion is germane.
    I never said it wasn't, in many cases.

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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by MadLib View Post
    I wanted to see if religious people would vote for a president who shared all of his views on politics (excepting the religious points of social conservatism) but didn't believe in God.

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    I'd venture that an atheist president would actually be more moral. After all, if the only legacy s/he will leave is what they did in office as there's nothing after life and everyone who will remember you personally will eventually die, they'd make in theory more practical moral decisions then someone who has heaven awaiting them. Just an idea.
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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    I'd venture that an atheist president would actually be more moral. After all, if the only legacy s/he will leave is what they did in office as there's nothing after life and everyone who will remember you personally will eventually die, they'd make in theory more practical moral decisions then someone who has heaven awaiting them. Just an idea.
    So the belief in an afterlife could cause someone to be less moral?

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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinS View Post
    So, you would not take into account the proclaimed policy of somebody seeking to hold political office?
    I personally see very little distinction. Religion is inherently infused with a unique philosophy, which leads to an ideology, which shapes policy.


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    I never said it wasn't, in many cases.
    True, you made a good point.

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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    So the belief in an afterlife could cause someone to be less moral?
    Potentially. If this is just a test and it really doesn't matter once you get in, it's far less of a concern how you're remembered compared to that memory being the only thing you have left as a link to the living world.

    That said, I personally think people are inherently evil and will do evil things regardless of what they profess to believe in.
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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I personally see very little distinction. Religion is inherently infused with a unique philosophy, which leads to an ideology, which shapes policy.
    It is still very possible for an atheist to share the same political views as a religious person.

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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Potentially. If this is just a test and it really doesn't matter once you get in, it's far less of a concern how you're remembered compared to that memory being the only thing you have left as a link to the living world.

    That said, I personally think people are inherently evil and will do evil things regardless of what they profess to believe in.
    This is a graded test. How well you do determines whether you get in. That concept acts as an incentive to live a moral life.

    I agree that there can be moral people who are atheists, but I also believe that good people gravitate toward religion.

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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinS View Post
    It is still very possible for an atheist to share the same political views as a religious person.
    I agree. I know several atheist conservatives, for instance.

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    Re: Vote for an atheist president (for religious people)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Even within America, many of us have differing morals.
    Are you talking about the major ones like murder and rape for example or the religious ones like most of the ten commandments (which btw seem to ignore many modern day morals and is mostly about god)?

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