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South Carolina petition I saw

By AnsuGisalas ·
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http://www.secularnewsdaily.com/2012/12/take-action-tell-governor-nikki-haley-to-appoint-an-atheist-to-the-u-s-senate/
I wonder what the odds are.

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As a South Carolinian,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to South Carolina petition I ...

I hope Gov. Haley doesn't base her decision on any one single factor. I also see no reason for her to pay attention to an interest group that isn't based in South Carolina, although she's made an unfortunate habit of that before.

It is ridiculous for AHA to trot out a quote from Sen. DeMint as if his opinions were reflective of those of all people of all faiths. Speaking as an atheist, I find it insulting to imply that all religious believers hold the same fundamentalist opinions, or to state that only a non-religious person can "stand up for science and equality." It's ignorant to treat people as if all members of any group marched in lockstep on all issues. We don't expect all blacks to agree with Pres. Obama. Indeed, the leading candidate hand-picked by DeMint is Congressman Rep. Tim Scott, a conservative black Republican. I don't see any reason why his religion (or that of whoever gets the office) should be the sole deciding factor, any more than his race, gender, or age.

As to what the odds are, the AHA's suggested replacement, Herb Silverman, hasn't run for office since 1990. His entire platform was based on opposition to a requirement that public office holders have a religious faith. I agreed with his position, but didn't give him any more serious consideration than I would any other single-issue candidate. (He eventually was successful in overturning that requirement via the courts, which in my opinion is the proper approach for a problem of civil discrimination.) He has demonstrated no interest in elected office since, and deserves no more consideration for the Senate than anyone else with no political experience.

Every officeholder brings his own views, assets, and baggage. We expect them to make decisions based on their best judgement on the information available to them. If we don't like those decisions, we can vote them out. In this case of this interim appointment, that will be in 2014. Indeed, we'll vote for this office again in 2016 to get the seat back on it's regularly scheduled 6-year cycle.

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I thought as much...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to As a South Carolinian,

The wording in the petition is kinda revealing, especially about the candidate's current merits.

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As expected,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to South Carolina petition I ...

Gov. Haley today named Rep. Scott as Sen. DeMint's replacement. Scott becomes the first black Republican in the US Senate since 1890.

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Wow. That's a long time.

by AnsuGisalas In reply to As expected,

I suspected they had a demographics problem, but not that it was that bad.

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