September 10, 2008

Action Alert: Does Sarah Palin Speak For You?

Virtually every American atheist blogger I know has been writing about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McSame's VP selection. Heck, a Christian blogger even compiled many atheist reactions to Palin! Initially, it appeared that she was grossly unqualified for the job and that her selection was insulting to women. As more details emerged about Palin, it became clear that she was far worse than unqualified. If you are an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, freethinker, or other member of the reality-based community eligible to vote in the U.S. election, you owe it to yourself and your country to vote against the McSame/Palin ticket. Even if you like McSame for some inexplicable reason, he age and health make Palin's proximity to the presidency an unacceptable risk.

Why would Palin be so bad for America in general and American atheists in particular? As I have previously explained:
In addition, it appears that Gov. Palin is unable to keep her religious beliefs our of her political role. She seems to view herself as divinely directed in her decisions. We saw the consequences of this mindset in Bush, and we should not be eager to repeat it. Palin is far outside the mainstream, even for evangelical Christians.

Other than voting against her, what else can you do? First, if Sarah Palin does not speak for you, join me in signing this letter from People for the American Way saying so. Next, keep blogging about her and what she would mean for America. Much has been made about how Palin will help rally the Christian extremist base around McSame. Well, Palin can do that for us too - she has already convinced me that this election is far more important than I previously realized.

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