Growing up in a middle class neighborhood, with working class parents, I began my early years buying into the typical American belief structure. In Sunday school we learned about “God” and how much he loves us and how he is always around us, but if we’re bad, he gets mad and we could go to “hell” for certain offenses if we didn’t ask for forgiveness. There was no questioning god at age 6, because our minds were molded so firmly to the ancient belief structure built around Jesus Christ. There was no choice, or availability of options in choosing what to believe. While I grew up, there was god, and nothing else. And there in lies the problem.
America has truly become a religious state, with Jesus Christ leading the nation down a path that was never voted upon, or even thought about by our founding fathers. Obviously Christianity has always dominated politics, which is inevitable considering this country was founded by predominantly Christian settlers. The problem is that voters in this day and age, look at a candidate's religion, over their political ideals or experience. To be an American politician, overall, you must be Christian. While there are other politicians who come from other religious backgrounds, they are an extreme minority. With the direction this country is headed, I doubt we will EVER see an atheist president or even a Muslim president. What about a Jewish president? This country is so obsessed with their leaders believing in the Christian version of god, that no other religious representatives will have a chance to lead.
Atheists in this country are usually painted as evil, socialist, mislead, or all of the above. At what point does somebody's religion have to do with their leadership skills? I have many of the same morals as Christians, I just don't believe in a god. But America will never see an atheist leader, maybe in local government, but never anything large enough to truly matter. Atheists/Agnostics/Non-religious citizens make up a very large minority in this country - about 15%, which is more than African Americans. Why can't those 15% be represented equally? Because America doesn't want non-believers in office, for fear that they will transform this "great" nation into some evil empire of hate and reform. Once again, America is full of shit.
I have a wonderful idea. Voters should focus on the policies, the political ideas, that their candidate is campaigning. Voters should have some intellectual curiosity, and care more about how their candidate will lead the country socially and economically, instead of whether they believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Trust me, your religious freedoms are in no more jeopardy by electing an atheist representative over a religious representative, because I promise you that the majority of atheists in this country have many of the same morals and values as Christians.
As an advocate of freedom, I completely understand that voting is a right, BUT it is also a responsibility. It is the responsibility to all who choose to participate in voting, to make educated and logical decisions based on their political views and how they want their political views represented. Don't vote for George W. Bush because he's extremely religious and don't vote for Barack Obama because he's black. And please do not vote for Donald Trump because you think he's intellegent... because he really isn't.