Jeff Pearlman

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The best political ad of 2011


PS: This scary observation from today’s Washington Post Faith blog: Does atheism need a pitch man?
Atheist actor and writer Ricky Gervais is working on a new show, Afterlife , which features “an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.” If Gervais hopes to bring cultural acceptance of non-belief to mainstream America, he faces an uphill battle. Polls show that many Americans distrust atheists and nearly half say they would not vote for one. Should it matter whether or not a politician believes in God? As mainstream acceptance of other minority groups grows, will atheists still lag behind?

  • Ted

    If an atheist ran for political office he or she would get at least one vote. Mine.

  • Steve702

    Almost every cultural movement, religious, political, or otherwise, is reliant upon the leadership of a charismatic individual or collection of individuals, the sort of people with the rare ability to inspire strangers to change their long-accepted personal beliefs.

    Atheism has been cursed with champions like Christopher Hitchens, pompous blowhards who undercut the validity of their argument by belittling and alienating those who might have otherwise come to rethink their own beliefs. If Atheists wish to increase their presence in society, I’d suggest spending less time protesting the text on dollar bills and street dedications to dead firefighters and spending more time healing the sick and feeding the hungry.

  • sanford sklansky

    Steve you don’t think atheists spend time healing the sick and feeding the hungry?

  • Steve702

    I didn’t mean to imply they didn’t. Atheists leave the World a better place than they found it, simply because it is the right thing to do. I was trying to convey that their valid efforts to improve the human condition have been sabotaged by the guys protesting “Seven in Heaven Way” in Red Hook or demanding new wording for the Pledge of Allegiance. It was poorly worded on my part, Sanford.

  • jason k

    an atheist is already in the white house. im a firm believer that obama is an atheist or at the very least agnostic. he is WAY TOO SMART to be a religious man. so smart, that he knows saying hes an atheist would never have gotten him as far as he is now.

    the same people that wouldnt vote for an atheist are the ones that wouldnt vote for a muslim. so basically, you have to believe in christ and the easter bunny to be amerikkkan.

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