Have Faith, We’ll Have an Atheist President

Mar 31, 2015

By Penn Jillette

I’m an atheist and I’m not running for president. That means my chances of being taken seriously as a presidential candidate are a bit better than Donald Trump’s.

Some of my fellow atheists bemoan that atheism is the final taboo in politics – polls report that America would never elect an atheist president.

Because of that, they brag that their favorite candidate (usually Obama or a Clinton) has to lie and say they believe in god and promise that they pray for supernatural guidance in world affairs.

They justify that their heroes are liars because Americans are too stupid and too bigoted to be told the truth. When you celebrate your hero as a liar, you’ve lost the moral high ground.


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15 comments on “Have Faith, We’ll Have an Atheist President

  • ‘They justify that their heroes are liars because Americans are too stupid and too bigoted to be told the truth. When you celebrate your hero as a liar, you’ve lost the moral high ground.’

    When your Libertarian views skew your acceptance of Climate Change, THEN you have lost the moral high ground.



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  • Yes. With any luck we will have an atheist president before too long…

    …let’s just hope that it’s someone rational and not an anarcho-capitalist nutjob like anyone Penn Jillette would support.



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  • What would atheists like an atheist president or prime minister to do that a ‘believing’ one would not? Or put the other way, what would atheists like an atheist president or prime minister to not do that a ‘believing’ one would?



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  • CumbriaSmithy Apr 1, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    What would atheists like an atheist president or prime minister to do that a ‘believing’ one would not?

    “Believing ones”, come in a wide range of flavours and some bad-tastes, but the most obvious things are to keep religious theocratic bigotry and sectarian politics, out of national legislation, to allow people equality and freedom to run their lives without religious interference based on ancient dogmas. (Contraception, abortion, same-sex marriage, freedom from discrimination in services and business etc.)

    There are plenty of examples of atheist and secular leaders in English and Scottish politics.



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  • It will probably not happen anytime soon. Probably not in my lifetime (I assume I will die somewhere in the range of 2050). Maybe sometime in 2200. The USA seems very messed up from what I see. I’m in Canada.



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