DES MOINES, Iowa — Just hours before Thursday nightâ€™s caucuses, White House hopeful Barack Obama did interviews on five networks and plenty of local television stations this morning, then hoarsely greeted diners at a downtown Des Moines food court.
And he faced a surprise question from one woman who asked him if he was an atheist.
“Iâ€™m a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ. Iâ€™ve been a member for 15 years,” Obama replied, adding, “Donâ€™t read e-mails.”
E-mails have circulated in recent weeks saying Obama is a Muslim or an atheist or took his oath of office on a Quran instead of a Bible, none of which is true.
“I hated having to ask him that,” the woman, Zanetta Moore-El, said. “But I heard he was like an atheist. I donâ€™t want a president whoâ€™s an atheist. Iâ€™m a firm believer in God. I just really wanted to make sure because I really wanted to vote for him and he has some good topics and everything.”
Zanetta Moore-El, you are an idiot of the highest order.
Shorter version of your rampant stupidity: “I really like Obama and his stance on the issues, but if he’s an atheist, then I don’t like his stance on the issues any longer.”
Your logic is astounding, Zanetta, my sweet, sweet, bigoted dullard.
As an atheist, I really don’t understand the aversion to voting for people who don’t believe in god(s). Speaking only for myself, I think I would be the most likely candidate to actually defend the right of all people to hold and practice whatever (non-harmful to others) religious beliefs they happen to hold. After all, I’m not beholden to any holy book telling me that my god is the one true god and everyone else is doomed for eternity.
You all have the right to be as silly / stupid / irrational as you like, so long as you’re not doing dumb things like killing your daughters for shaming the family, denying them basic medical care because prayer is all you need, or other such idiocy. It’s simple, really.
Hey, now that I’m 36, I’m old enough to run for President. And it’s an election year. Could this be anything but divine guidance? I think not!
Write-in candidate, y’all!
(found via Unscrewing the Inscrutable)