I would vote for an atheist I agreed with on most of the important issues so long as it could be shown that they were not "anti-religion" zealots. One of the cornerstones of this country is freedom of religion, as long as an atheist were able to approach the issue with some modicum of respect and their other political stances were in line with my own, than yeah, I'd vote for the atheist.
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A politician's religious beliefs is not something I take into account in deciding who to vote for. Therefore, I could and would vote for an atheist whose political philosophy I agreed with.
Hell no, unless the atheist was clearly superior to the believer.
It depends on his views. I wouldn't not vote for him because he is an atheist, but probably due to the values that most atheists hold.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
Only if he is in line with MY political issues and philosophy, which is conservative. I don't give a **** if he is atheist, although I do think it's a good quality in a person to follow SOMETHING because he may think there is no greater power than he to hold himself accountable. But largely irrelevant. If he has this charles dawkins attitude "All religion is bad we are better off without it, re-educate people! do whatever we can to stop people from believing!", then, absolutely not.
I don't consider someone's beliefs or lack of beliefs to be important in themselves. I try to go with the person who I think will do the best job at the time and who I agree with on the most issues. I also look at how much respect they have for other people's points of view. I don't think I could vote for someone who publicly stated that he felt all religious people were stupid or ignorant just as I don't think I could vote for someone who publicly stated that he felt all atheists were immoral or evil. All politicians should publicly show respect for even those beliefs that they don't agree with or actually privately respect.
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"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.