We’re a little over a month away from this year’s election which got me thinking on Atheists running for office. Unfortunately there are no out Atheists in the U.S. House or U.S. Senate as far as I’m aware. There are a few out Atheists holding more local political offices. One of the more famous is Ernie Chambers in the Nebraska state legislature. He’s known for not dressing up during official legislative sessions and wearing a very basic T-shirt. Another famous politician who is an out Atheist is Barney Frank, former member of the U.S. House from Massachusetts. Although he was an out gay man while in office, he did not reveal he was an Atheist until after he left office in 2013.
I’m convinced the number of out Atheists running for statewide offices will increase in the future, but it’s likely a slow moving march. Eventually it will be the norm to be an Atheist, but for now we have to encourage more people to be out in their Atheism and for those who are inclined, to run for political office. Here’s a link to a list of Atheists who are running or were running for office this year.
I don’t have an updated list as to which may have won their primaries, but I do know that a few did indeed win their primaries and moved on to the general election in November. Will any of them win the general election? It’s hard to say, but each year there are more Atheists stepping forward and running for office. This is great as it helps dispel the rumor that Atheists are evil, immoral people. Just as with the LGBT community, the more Atheists that are out and known to others, the more others will know an Atheist and discover we are not evil, immoral people. That will make it more acceptable for others to vote for Atheists in upcoming elections.