Fill in the blank. What group could you put in the sentence “I would not vote for a(n) ______” and not be challenged in 2012 for bigotry? Women? African-Americans? Mormons? Apparently, it is being an atheist. Billy Graham’s daughter, Ann Graham Lotz, flat out stated as such on Sunday’s Meet the Press. After stating is more important to “look at policies” rather than belief in choosing a candidate, she went on to say:
This statement is so absurd on so many levels. Wisdom comes from fear in some bronze-age myth? Why is she allowed a national forum and how could no one the panel call her out on her bigotry? This is exactly why the Reason Rally last month was so important.
In contrast, a poll in Canada was just released in which they asked about the trustworthiness of various groups. When asked do you trust people who are religious, 67% said yes. A little low, perhaps, but it was the middle rating. When asked about the trustworthiness of clergy, it dropped to 48%! Dogmatic views and numerous clergy scandals are clearly having an impact. On the other hand, 73% of Canadians expressed trust in ‘people who are not religious’. Being ‘not religious’ is seen as being most trustworthy of the three religious categories in Canada.
It now appears that topping my list of trustworthiness would be atheists and Canadians. At bottom, would be daughters of TV evangelists and Meet the Press booking agents.
But most of all, I look forward to the day that dissing an entire class of individuals on a national news program, without any challenge, is no longer accepted practice in the land below the frozen North.