Texas Atheist Group Develops Voters' Guide
Press release issued: October 15, 2008
In 1987, then Vice President George H. W. Bush said, "...I don't know that
atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered
patriots. This is one nation under God."
Twenty-one years later, atheists continue to be largely ignored or
denigrated by politicians. The Atheist Community of Austin (ACA) is
dedicated to supporting the principle of church-state separation, to
embracing the ideological diversity promoted by our Constitution, and to
counteracting the pervasive negative characterization of the many
non-theistic citizens of the United States. Toward that end, the ACA
created a survey which was sent to 482 candidates in federal and state
races in which Texans will vote. The survey focuses on the Constitutional
separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, rational decision
making, science advocacy, equality, and other important issues that
conventional sources often do not satisfactorily address.
50 candidates returned the survey in time for their responses to be
considered by voters prior to early voting on October 20th. These responses
have been posted at the ACA Voters' Guide Website
Non-religious/secular individuals are estimated to represent more than 14%
of the population of the United States; yet candidates often ignore or
openly dismiss the interests and concerns of this group in order to court
religious voters--a political move that fails to address the diversity of
opinion held by religious individuals who aren't a part of the more vocal
religious demographics. The ACA 2008 Voters' Guide is intended to assist
voters in making informed decisions in the coming election and to make
candidates aware of the issues that their non-religious constituents feel
should be of importance to all citizens.
The ACA's 2008 Voters' Guide website
(www.atheist-community.org/political/votersguide) includes the complete
survey that was submitted to candidates, the results of this survey,
information about our methodology and links to useful information for
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