Comments About Atheists Put Off Non Religious Voters

July 6, 2010


CFI Indiana Executive Director's Letter to Editor of Indianapolis Star published July 6, 2010.

For more information about this issue see Freethought from the Heartland , December 30, 2009 and January 13, 2010




#1 Reba Boyd Wooden on Tuesday July 06, 2010 at 11:12am

Unedited version of my letter: 

Newly elected prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, is not only Australia’s first female prime minister but she also is not a religious person.  President Barack Obama is the first US President to acknowledge nonreligious Americans in his inaugural address.  However, Indiana’s Governor Mitch Daniels who is being considered by some as a candidate for President in 2012 is a throwback to George Herbert Walker Bush who said, “I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.”
In an interview with in December 2009, Governor Daniels said, “And atheism leads to brutality. All the horrific crimes of the last century were committed by atheists—Stalin and Hitler and Mao and so forth—because it flows very naturally from an idea that there is no judgment and there is nothing other than the brief time we spend on this Earth.”
This statement categorizes the 16% of Hoosiers who are not religious as atheists and makes false statements about them.  Had he made a statement of this type about Muslims, Jews, gays, or other minority groups, they would be calling for his resignation.
A letter was sent twice to Governor Daniels inviting him to visit CFI Indiana, which is only about 5 blocks from his office, so that he can learn more about people who are not religious.  The first was sent in January 2010 and to this date not even an acknowledgement of the receipt of either letter has been received.
Are the nonreligious the only group about whom a Governor and aspiring Presidential candidate can make derogatory remarks about with no consequences?  Does he think that 16% of his constituents are not citizens worthy of respect from their governor?

#2 oyun (Guest) on Wednesday July 07, 2010 at 5:02am

thank you oyun

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