Nontheist Advocacy Group Grades Major Party Presidential Candidates

Aug 19, 2016

By Secular Coalition for America Staff

The Secular Coalition for America has released its 2016 Presidential Voter Guides for the general election. Candidates from the two major parties received a grade of “A” through “F” based on public statements regarding eight issues related to the separation of church and state, science-based policy, and respect for nontheists.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earned an “A” while Republican nominee Donald Trump earned an “F”.

“The nonreligious are now the largest voting bloc in the country and it is essential that they know where the candidates stand on these critical issues,” said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. “These guides will empower secular voters to hold political candidates accountable. Donald Trump’s flunking grade should serve as a wake up call to his campaign about the political peril of pandering to the religious right. This divisive rhetoric no longer resonates with an American electorate that increasingly accepts science, embraces religious pluralism, and values the separation of church and state ”

A poll conducted in July by the Pew Research Center confirms that nonreligious voters are overwhelmingly supporting Hillary Clinton (67%) over Donald Trump (23%).


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6 comments on “Nontheist Advocacy Group Grades Major Party Presidential Candidates

  • @OP – Donald Trump’s flunking grade should serve as a wake up call to his campaign about the political peril of pandering to the religious right. This divisive rhetoric no longer resonates with an American electorate that increasingly accepts science, embraces religious pluralism, and values the separation of church and state “

    A poll conducted in July by the Pew Research Center confirms that nonreligious voters are overwhelmingly supporting Hillary Clinton (67%) over Donald Trump (23%).

    Trump keeps pandering to various blocks where he thinks votes are to be found, but he cannot even work with his own campaign staff for any length of time or pick people who have reputations the public can respect!

    June 2016 – Corey Lewandowski, is to leave

    August 2016 – Paul Manafort, resigns

    “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Mr Trump said in a statement.

    “I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process.”

    Mr Manafort has faced public scrutiny in recent weeks after the New York Times reported that the Ukrainian government had uncovered ledgers pledging more than $12m (£9.2m) in undisclosed cash payments for his work with Mr Yanukovych, who fled after an uprising in November 2013.

    Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau is also investigating business deals worth millions of dollar that are linked to Mr Manafort.

    Mr Manafort, a former adviser to George HW Bush and Bob Dole, only joined the Trump campaign in March, to help the New Yorker secure the party’s nomination. He was promoted to campaign manager in June.

    and Trump then promoted Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster, to campaign manager.

    3 in 3 months???



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  • @OP – Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earned an “A” while Republican nominee Donald Trump earned an “F”.

    It seems Trump is attracting “F” grade supporters who are into comparative political angry nuttery!!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37177938

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is to address supporters of Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Mississippi later.

    He will appear before 15,000 activists in Jackson, although it is unclear whether he will share a stage with the Republican presidential nominee.

    Mr Farage told local radio in the state that the similarities between Brexit and the US election were “uncanny”.

    Mr Trump, who is trailing his rival Hillary Clinton in the opinion polls, backed the UK’s exit from the EU.

    In a tweet last week, Mr Trump said: “They will soon be calling me Mr Brexit”.

    Mr Farage, who attended the Republican convention in Cleveland last month, said he would not “fall into the trap” of endorsing Mr Trump in his quest to reach the White House while adding that he would not vote for Mrs Clinton “even if you paid me”.

    Since the brexit vote and Farage’s resignation as leader its, UKIP is falling apart with in-fighting as usual, so Farage probably needs a new attention seeking gimmick!



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  • A bit of larceny is built in to all of us as a basic survival tool, ‘Caveat Emptor’ is a fundamental rule of business. Trusted government officials who peddle influence to other countries and moneyed interests are just plain corrupt.
    Trump’s ‘deal’ with the religious right was probably a scrap tossed to them as a peace offering as they must realize by their ever emptying pews that their power and influence is waning fast.



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  • @OP – Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earned an “A” while Republican nominee Donald Trump earned an “F”.

    It looks like standards are going lower, but as usual the Trump camp simply accuses critic of bias and makes knee-jerk counter allegations.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37359046

    New York’s attorney general says he is investigating Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s foundation over suspected “impropriety”.

    “We have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view,” Mr Schneiderman told CNN.

    “And we’ve inquired into it, and we’ve had correspondence with them. I didn’t make a big deal out of it or hold a press conference, but we have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it’s complying with the laws that govern charities in New York.”

    US media say Mr Schneiderman’s office has been investigating the Donald J Trump Foundation since at least June when it formally questioned a donation made to a group backing Republican Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013.

    The $25,000 (£19,000, €22,000) payment was made at a time when Mrs Bondi’s office was reportedly considering whether to open a fraud investigation into Trump University.

    The fraud investigation never happened, although Mrs Bondi denies the decision was influenced by the donation she received.

    Aides to Mr Trump have already admitted the donation was a mistake resulting from clerical errors, according to reports.

    The US Justice Department has been asked by Democrats in the House of Representatives to investigate the $25,000 donation to Pam Bondi.

    Other newspaper investigations allege the Trump Foundation reported donations that the supposed recipients say they never received, and also spent money on the candidate himself.

    Eric Schneiderman said his office wanted to ensure the foundation is “complying with the laws that govern charities in New York”.

    Mr Trump’s team have dismissed Mr Schneiderman, a Democrat, as “a partisan hack.”

    The attorney-general has endorsed Mr Trump’s chief opponent, Hillary Clinton, for president.

    Mr Trump’s campaign spokesman Jason Miller said Mr Schneiderman had “turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years”, and called the inquiry “another left-wing hit job designed to distract from Crooked Hillary Clinton’s disastrous week”.



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