2010 Voters' Guide Questions
The 2010 Candidate Questionnaire was based on the following questions.
Please indicate the strength of your agreement or disagreement with the
statements below by entry of one of the following initials at the beginning
of each statement.
- SA=Strongly Agree
- SD=Strongly Disagree
- If I am (re-)elected, then I will listen to and fairly represent the interests of atheist constituents.
- I will not consider religion in any decision to hire, promote, demote, or fire a member of my staff.
- I would sooner resign from office than allow a religious consideration to cause me to break my oath of office to support our nation's Constitution.
- Our Constitution's provision that "The Congress shall have Power... To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts," which was adopted unanimously at the Federal Convention of 1787, stands as convincing evidence that the Framers, including Benjamin Franklin and James Madison, considered science and technology to be of fundamental importance.
- Public schools should provide age-appropriate, scientific information on methods of birth control and ways to reduce health risks of sexual activities.
- In public school science classes, it is appropriate to teach alternatives to established scientific theories without regard to the extents to which the alternatives are supported by scientific evidence.
- The age of the Earth is closer to 6 thousand years than to 4 billion years.
- Speciation and the diversity of life are best explained by evolution through natural selection.
- Our Constitution's provision that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States," which applies to all divisions of government (legislative, executive, judicial, military, federal, state, and local), should never be violated.
- Public school teachers should never be required to respond to religious tests, including to utter "under God" during the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Whenever children in public schools are free to proclaim "under God" during the Pledge of Allegiance they are free to remain silent or to proclaim alternatives.
- "E Pluribus Unum" or "In Science We Trust" would be a more divisive national motto than "In God We Trust," "In Allah We Trust," "In Shiva and Vishnu We Trust," or "Gott Mit Uns."
- Our Constitution's provision that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" requires strict government neutrality in matters of religion and forbids government promotion of ceremonial Deism and monotheism.
- A government employee who promotes, rather than accommodates, religion in his/her official capacity should be reprimanded or fired.
- Tax exemptions given to religious organizations are discriminatory and/or burdensome to the public and should be either opened to atheistic organizations or eliminated altogether.
- Values of properties owned by religious organizations should periodically be appraised and made a matter of public record, along with values of associated property tax exemptions.
- A religious leader who learns of a commission of a felony should be immune from prosecution for failure to report the crime.
- A prison inmate should not be paroled or granted prison favors on account of religion.
- A licensed pharmacist who, on account of religion, chooses not to dispense a prescription drug to a customer should have his or her license revoked.
- Parents who, on account of religion, prevent their children from receiving life-saving medical treatment should not be immune from prosecution or from loss of custody of their children.
- Given a system under which parents direct public education funds to schools (as with vouchers), schools that deny admission to children on account of the religions of the children or their parents should remain eligible to receive public education funds directed to the schools by other parents.
- An employer who discriminates based on an employee's religion should be ineligible to receive public funds.
- The legal definition of marriage should be restricted to one man with one woman.
- Public high schools should be allowed to provide appropriate warnings about religious laws and practices in foreign lands that put at risk visitors' lives, liberty, or property.
From the officers:
The ACA Lecture Series continues Sunday, March 8th at 12:15pm at the Austin History Center, 9th and Guadalupe. The building opens at noon. Ryan Bell will talk on "My Year Without God: Now a Permanent Condition."