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this is fairly significant folks.  as a constituency we are being ignored. most of us want some pretty basic things but politicians don't cater to us.  by some accounts non-believers carried the day for Obama this past November.  

what would most of us want?  here are my most basic requests:

1.  federal ban on creationism

2.  prayer and religious ornaments banned from public grounds

3.  legal abortion (i know it's legal, but it needs to be way more legal in some states)

4.  legal weed (i know it's not universal but i have a feeling it's close)

5.  end of abstinence only sex ed

6.  pentacostals all put in loony bins

ok, i can compromise on #6.  

feel free to add what i missed.  

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Here's a thought about #6. Take Loren's suggestion of putting them on an island, along with Melinda's candidates. Then, temporarily suspend the nuclear test ban treaty.

Ooooo then can I add some more?  Michelle Bachman, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Mike Huccabee (sp?), Bill O'Reilly...  I'm sure we could go on for years unfortunately!

Paul Broun, Steve King, Michele Malkin, Mark Levin,  Eric Bolling, Louis Gohmert, Pat Robertson, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee....it's gonna need to be a big island.  

I can't even remember the names of all the people that should go to the island. lol

Mitch Mcconnell

We don't have to suspend the nuclear test ban, just make sure the island is in striking range from North Korea.

Gee, I don't know about that.  For what I've seen, the NKs couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with a missile...

Pat, that took guts. Well done.

Thanks. I also do work as children's legal advocate in the local trial courts. Since I'm known as the most outspoken atheist in the county, the local judges, when swearing me in, never ask the "so help you god part." They know better.

Thanks Matthew, I am moving my comment here to join this discussion. 

Time has come to speak up and out about issues that concern us because if we do not, our Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches will remain in the hands of people who believe in god, who believe god loves them and answers prayers, that prayer can stop earthquakes, storms, and climate change. That is, a non-being sees all the suffering and humiliation taking place on Earth and will answer pleas for help. Show me the evidence! 

Being silent, thinking and acting privately, one person can make a difference. By coming together for a common purpose, discussing, evaluating, planning together, and taking positive action can change what we perceive as needing change.  

I would like to see atheists be able to run for government offices, including President of the United States. To quote Quentin R. Bufogle:


“I want an avowed atheist in the White House. When time comes to push that button, I want whoever's making the decision to understand that once it's pushed, it's over. Finito. They're not gonna have lunch with Jesus. Won't be deflowering 72 virgins on the great shag carpet of eternity, or reincarnated as a cow. I want someone making that decision who believes life on this Earth isn't just a dress rehearsal for something better -- but the only shot we get.”

"Ability" isn't at issue. Legally there's nothing stopping any atheist from running. The problem is in this culture, he or she would most likely not be elected. And that, unfortunately, is not something you can legislate.

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