Why is it that among voters, we never hear about the secular vote? By that I’m specifically referring to Atheists, maybe Agnostics as well, but mostly the Atheist vote. As most of us know, there’s more than 10 million people in the U.S. that identify as Atheist. Out of those, probably half – or more – are voting age. Think about adding those raw vote totals to the total in any election. In some states, there are more atheists than in others, but the fact is that atheists exist in society, everywhere, and many are politically active should mean that candidates for office should seek out that vote.
Of course, just by recognizing that atheists exist could be a problem for a candidate. The U.S. is still majority Christian (at least identifies as such) and therefore it may not be expedient for any candidate, of any party to embrace non-believers. What would that look like? It would probably mean a candidate that stood for church/state separation and possibly had a record of that support before whatever current office they were running for. In many parts of the country (not just the South), that may mean losing some of the evangelical vote. Then again, maybe not. Why? Once the wall is down, that means the influence may go both ways. Just look at how in some places, police have been preventing church services (in a car) during the current emergency. That’s clearly government interference in free expression. As an Atheist, I’m against religious influence in government but also in government interference in religion.
Just stating something like that may actually convince some non-believers to vote for that person, no matter the party. Right now, most Atheists either vote or lean toward one major party over the other. Why is that? Social issues. Take those out of the equation though and in most cases people in either party are mostly concerned about the same issues: Economy, jobs, education, yes even health care. Aren’t those the issues that even secular voters probably care most about? So candidates that focus there instead of pushing social issues that are meant to be divisive could attract a crucial number of votes from the same secular voters. No one can take for granted right now that any candidate is going to do anything more than pay lip service to their particular social issue(s). They’ve been fooling you for a long time if you’ve believed otherwise.
Isn’t it more important to have leaders that will actually follow the law?