Atheist group gives Obama an unenthusiastic nod
There's been a lot of talk about where faith-based groups stand on the issues and the candidates in the presidential campaign, but not so much about the faithless.
Now the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy group for atheists, has issued a report card on the candidates that knocks both major party candidates for injecting religion into politics, but expresses a clear preference for President Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Romney gets a grade of F overall for stated positions that advocate a lowering of the wall between church and state and that suggest his Mormon faith plays a strong role in his political decision-making. Obama, who professes a Christian faith, gets a C. He gets plus marks for a greater willingness to advocate a separation of church and state but is dinged for bringing prayer into the White House and supporting the inclusion of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, among other heresies (atheistically speaking).
“This score card shows that our current politicians still have a long way to go in protecting the secular values that America was founded on,” said Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition. She referred to a recent report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.Continue reading at www.latimes.com