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Presidential Candidate Julián Castro: “I Don’t Consider Atheism a Dirty Word”

Oct 25, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

Just days after he got Sen. Elizabeth Warren to say she’d consider hiring a Secular Outreach Director for her presidential campaign, Justin Scott, the Iowa State Director for American Atheists, had a chance to speak to former Obama Cabinet member and current presidential candidate Julián Castro during a meeting at the University of Northern Iowa.

He asked Castro what he would say to Hispanic Americans who are atheists, how he might bring atheists into his administration, and how he planned to work with or against the Religious Right. As with any politician, Castro was careful not to alienate potential voters, but he made it clear that atheism wasn’t going to be taboo in his White House.

SCOTT: … I am a homegrown Iowan and I’m also an atheist. I love that when you announced that you’re running, you shared that your Catholic faith is very important to you. I think there is a stereotype, though, that all Latinos are Catholic, or all Latinos are religious.

CASTRO: Sure.

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