Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hard for Atheists to Get Excited About Politics in Mississippi

It sounds like most of the action in Mississippi politics is happening in the Northern part of our state this election. Former President Clinton was in Oxford to encourage support for Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS). Meanwhile, I haven't heard much locally about Rep. Gene Taylor's (D-MS) race. I'm honestly not sure if that is because the Democratic Party thinks he will win easily or because they don't find his conservative politics worth supporting. Personally, I find it hard to get too excited about Taylor now that I have taken a look at his voting record.

I wonder if Mississippi's atheists will ever have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who doesn't broadcast his or her Christian beliefs? It doesn't seem too likely when even the candidates for judge seem to campaign by telling us which Baptist church they attend.

I wish we could play offense in the political arena once in awhile instead of always feeling like we have to have a defensive stance. We have to work so hard to preserve the shaky status quo of church-state separation that we never seem to have the chance to make progress on the issue.

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