August 31, 2010

Is Michael Stopa a Bigot?

Thanks to Atheist Ethicist for bringing this one to my attention.

According to The Sun Chronicle, Michael Stopa, a Republican running for the 3rd district of Massachusetts who also happens to be a physicist employed by Harvard, has managed to convince himself that President Obama is an atheist. But that really isn't the story. The story is that Stopa was quoted as saying:
I have no specific evidence, but I think he's sympathetic to anybody who is opposed to America and American values.
As Alonzo Fyfe points out, this makes it sound an awful lot like Stopa is claiming that all atheists are anti-American. If only the interviewer had asked this obvious follow-up question, we would know if this is indeed what he was saying. And if it turns out that Stopa was indeed claiming that all atheists are opposed to America, then he should be exposed as a bigot.

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