A Question For Your Consideration
In a post by Stacy McCain wherein he speculates that Willard Mitt Romney’s negative campaign against Rick Santorum is starting to yield results in polling numbers, frequent commentator Adjoran, who is Catholic, makes an interesting statement at the end of one of his comments:
And religion shouldn’t be a reason to vote for or against someone, although I admit I would be hesitant to support an avowed atheist.
Contemplating this statement, it occurred to me that I would not vote for a candidate who was an Atheist.
Russell Kirk once said [Redeeming The Time, page xix]:
…it seems to me that a high degree of ordered, civilized freedom is linked closely with religious belief…. If the great troubles of our time teach mankind anything, surely we ought now to recognize that true freedom cannot endure in a society which denies a transcendent order’.
John Adams wrote in 1798 [emphasis mine]:
While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
An Atheist fears not a higher power that can pass judgement on his actions because there is no higher power then himself. Therefore, he is not bound by any code; he is not, ultimately, restrained in his actions.
Lacking any ties to something greater than himself, the Atheist has license to do as he please.
Clearly such a person will not ultimately feel bound by a Constitution.
What do you think about this?
Would you vote for an Atheist?