Zimbabwe is more accepting of atheists than America: There's been a lot of talk about Obama's religious faith. Some have speculated that he is actually a non-believer. How many Americans are strongly against an atheist President, and how does that compare with the rest of the world?
The World Values Survey asked respondents in many countries if they agreed that an atheist is unfit for high public office. Here are the percentages who strongly agree:
Percent who strongly agreePakistan 82.4
Puerto Rico 36.5
South Africa 22.9
Great Britain 3.3
N. Ireland 3.2
South Korea 2.6
Czech Rep 2.4
No big surprises here. The United States is above average, and sits with with non-Muslim, less developed countries. That's not exactly right since America is not as tolerant as former Soviet countries. It is very different from First World Europe.
I don't get this. I'm in the pews every week, but whether the Prez is a believer is simply not the question. The question is whether his politics match mine. Any person with my political views who would vote for Nancy Pelosi because she is a fellow Catholic over Newt Gingrich because he doesn't seem to be religious enough is a retard. If a candidate is pro-life, what do I care if he doesn't believe in the Bible?
Perhaps I should give people more credit and assume that they believe that an atheist is very likely to be a liberal, but doing even a little bit of homework will get beyond the stereotype. Unfortunately, too many religious people believe that atheists must be bad people--that is pure stupidity.