Why should open atheism preclude elected office?

Sep 14, 2013 Full story: Psychology Today

Probably because my writing and activities frequently involve taking stands on issues of public policy, from time to time I am asked whether I would consider running for political office.

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Hamilton, UK

#1 Sep 17, 2013
Quote article, "It is troubling, for example, that a respected member of Congress such as Barney Frank could only come out as an atheist after leaving office, even though he had come out as gay three decades ago!"
"I currently serve as president of a group that advocates for atheists (the Secular Coalition for America). Before that, I served two terms as president of another atheist-humanist advocacy group (the American Humanist Association). Moreover, I've also written a book called Nonbeliever Nation. And to top it all off, I’m lead counsel in a lawsuit that challenges the ‘under God’ wording of the Pledge of Allegiance!”...
“Why should any of those things disqualify you from running for office?”

Why indeed.

Never be afraid to stand-up for a secular society; and religion and religious faith should be as open to criticism as anything else.

Lowell, MA

#2 Sep 17, 2013
This may be why atheists can't get elected:

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

Americans insist on utter Babbitry in its politicians. The inability to mouth insipid platitudes about our government, our history and our place in the world is a disqualification from office, in the eyes of most voters.

A man that should call everything by its right name, would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy.- Lord Halifax

Open atheists question the common hallucination, which is why we can hardly pass the streets, let alone win an American election, which is, at bottom, a popularity contest about whom the public would rather enjoy a beer with, rather than a principled choice among conflicting policy positions.

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