And now, for the perfect Politics & Religion thread: Do you think that someone who actually admits to being an atheist will ever be elected President of the United States during our lifetime? I don't think so. This is one reason I take exception to religion. It seems that the "spiritual" among us are less tolerant of those who do not share a belief in a deity of one form or another, be it their own or someone else's. I also suspect that fewer elected officials actually believe in God than the number who claim to do so. And so, I think we are in the midst of a Holy Tyranny: You don't have to believe (or pretend to), unless you want to get elected. And to the extent that my characterization is remotely accurate, it smells of religious intolerance. I don't think it comes down to shared values and morals per se. Rather, I think it is a prejudice against those who do not "believe," simply for its own sake. I can say with confidence that, as an atheist, I would vote for whomever I would consider to be the best candidate irrespective of his or her religious convictions or lack of them. If you are a religious person, could you say the same, or could an atheist never qualify as the "best" candidate for you? Any thoughts?