Two Steps Forward, One Step Back..
Last night’s victory was a momentous event for America. Barack Obama is the first African American to be elected president of the United States of America. Not only did we beat the corrupt and vile John McCain and that contemptible Sarah Palin, we atheists also won out in North Carolina. Kay Hagan beat the anti-atheist bigot Liz Dole. Though I’m not incredibly happy with Hagan’s reaction to the smear campaign perpetrated by Dole, I’m still happy Dole lost. Maybe they both learned a lesson here, but I doubt it.
I’d like to think that the freethought movement had a big impact on her loss, but I doubt it. Either way, I think this is a lesson that maybe we aren’t the political pariahs we once were. People can listen to our views and still be elected! We need to make sure that other politicians know that. Maybe with time, we’ll actually be able to elect people who genuinely care about the separation between church and state.
Last night Christian hate also won out in California, Arizona, Arkansas, and Florida. California and Florida banned gay marriage, while Arkansas, aka: South Missouri, banned gay couples from adopting children. This is the lowest of the low and a step in the wrong direction for sure. Whether or not your god says homosexuality is a sin, it is not the government’s job to bend to the will of said god. The job of a strong central government is to protect the rights of the minority from the majority. This is clearly not in line with the Constitution, because there are no secular (read: logical) reasons for a ban on gays being able to marry. It is purely a religious conviction, I hope that the Supreme Court overturns this quickly.
The election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is a very good thing, and our country just might make it through our darkest hours, but the rights of our fellow Americans are still being trampled on. We’ve done a good job so far, but we need to keep moving forward and keep fighting the imposed injustice of the religiously blinded mob.
Whats your take on the situation? How do you feel about the election?
Update: See my newer post about fellow non-theist, Pete Stark, winning his re-election bid.
Also take a look at the Good Atheist’s view on the matter with a similarly name post; One Step Forward, Two Steps Back