The Uninspired Manifesto

Sunday, September 9, 2007

We Win Again!

From Friendly Atheist/Associated Press.

Associated Press has the results of a poll by Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, unofficially titled, "I Would Be Less Likely to Vote for a(n) _____ as President".
WASHINGTON (AP) — One in four people in the U.S. said in a recent poll that they would be less likely to support a presidential candidate who is Mormon, an ominous sign for Republican contender Mitt Romney.

Yet the survey found two groups, atheists and Muslims, were even less likely to win votes.

Sixty-one percent of those questioned said they would be less likely to support a presidential candidate who did not believe in God. Forty-five percent said the same for a Muslim contender.

Only 5 percent or fewer said they would be likelier to support candidates who were atheists, Muslims or Mormons, according to the poll by two nonpartisan research groups.

Only 39% of Americans would vote for an atheist candidate. That seems like it's significantly less that half of the country, as World Net Daily reported.

But I didn't post these poll results just to show up WND as liars, you can come to that conclusion yourself by visiting their homepage. I wanted to make a point about the religious influence on politics in this country. Regardless of a candidate's qualifications or politics, 61% percent wouldn't vote for them, just because they don't believe in god. It's that kind of single issue, close-minded bullshit that brought us eight years of Bush, and a slew of 20 candidates who can't answer a simple fucking question without bringing up how much they're influenced by their faith.

This brings me to a larger issue, and this seems as random a place as any to bring it up. Try to follow me on this one. I firmly believe we have come to the end of our evolutionary process, and this is why so many people regress with archaic ideas of god and the divine. We've arrived to a point in history where we no longer need to adapt to our environments, sparking the process of change within our structures, because we change the environment to fit our needs. We've become sheltered and weak, even compared to those who lived a relatively short time ago, maybe five or six hundred years. That's why so many people refuse to accept evolution. Despite the overwhelming evidence on the microscopic level, they can't even comprehend it translating to a larger scale. When your body builds up a resistance or tolerance for certain chemicals that are introduced to it, that's not god saving you, its a physical change, or evolution, if you will.

When I say we've come to the end of our evolutionary process, I don't mean it in the sense of technological advancements, because those will continue, but rather physically and biologically. Our immune systems continue to degrade, and our planet is quickly dieing to satisfy our ever increasing need to accommodate our menial lives, and it's this willful ignorance towards the state of our world that drives the religious to attempt to pull all their answers from a holy book. Religion is literally hold us back, and will continue to do so unless their is a clear separation from our political system, as well as our scientific community.

I know I've made a lot of generalizations to get my point across. My view of faith may not apply to you, and in fact it probably doesn't if you've ventured far enough to read this post. Still, it applies to a lot of fundamentalists in this country who make up a significant population and have far too much influence on politics, and more importantly, politicians. So, I'd like to leave you with this.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
-- Thomas Jefferson, to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813
posted by Nick at 10:03 PM

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