News: Openly Atheist Candidate runs for Congress in Virginia (forwarded material)

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Subject: Openly Atheist Candidate Runs



http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/10/openly_atheist_candidate...


*Openly Atheist Candidate Runs Against Forbes

<http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/10/openly_atheist_candi...*


Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:08 PM, by Ed Brayton
<http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/>

Barrett Brown, author of /Flock of Dodos/, alerted me to the fact that
Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia, one of the most hardcore religious
righters in Congress, is being challenged in this year's election by the
rarest of American creatures -- an openly atheist political candidate.
He writes about the race in the Faster Times
<http://thefastertimes.com/punditry/2010/10/06/atheist-congressi....

Forbes is the most outspoken proponent of America as an officially
Christian nation in Congress. Several times he's submitted a resolution
in the House declaring America to be a Christian nation. Those
resolutions are chock full of lies and falsehoods
<http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2009/05/another_christian_na....

He's even submitted a resolution asking the House to declare the Bible
to be "God's word."

Forbes is, of course, up for re-election this November, and it would
be an easy enough thing for anyone who prefers truth over falsehood
and consistency over confusion to support any opponent merely by
default. Happily, one need not do so, as the opponent in question is
Wynne LeGrow, a retired doctor who has shown from the outset a
willingness to place his own principles over expediency, and who may
thus be expected to do so as an officeholder. At the beginning of
his campaign, LeGrow made a decision that damaged his chance to win
but kept his integrity in tact: he announced to voters that he is an
atheist.

There are probably a great many atheists and agnostics in Congress
at any given moment, and most of those probably managed to attain
such an office only by keeping their religious opinions secret;
polls routinely show that atheists are mistrusted more than any
other group, including Muslims. Pete Stark of California is a rare
exception, having been up front about his atheism from the very
beginning and having since proved his integrity and competence to
those who believe that atheists are inherently devoid of both. If
LeGrow wins this race - and he has a very good chance, as the
district is not particularly conservative and in fact went for Obama
in 2008 - it will demonstrate to the nation and the world that Stark
is not a fluke, that good candidates can indeed be elected in this
country without sharing any of the religious beliefs held by most of
their constituents.

Of course, LeGrow's atheism has become central to Forbes' efforts to
dissuade voters from supporting him. Nonetheless, LeGrow has managed
to win over many of those whom the attacks were meant to persuade.

http://www.legrowforuscongress.com/

I doubt LeGrow is going to win, though I haven't seen any polling in the
race. An openly atheist candidate being elected in Virginia would be a
truly historic event, though. I'm rooting for him just on those grounds.

http://www.legrowforuscongress.com/

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Comment by John B Hodges on November 10, 2010 at 2:29am
Just FYI, on election day, LeGrow got 38% of the vote; he ran a spirited campaign but he lost.
Comment by John B Hodges on October 15, 2010 at 4:09am
I was hoping some of us would donate to his campaign, I did, and Stuart Bechman of AAI did.
Comment by Earther on October 14, 2010 at 5:48pm
Legrow will have to have money to win and I don't know where he will get it.

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