As you read this article, the states are counting the votes recent midterm elections. Across the United States, citizens exercise their right to vote, electing candidates they perceive as trustworthy, intelligent, and representative of their country.
Although we do not know the final results of the 2022 parliamentary elections, the 2020 elections have shown success in diversity and representation.
Kamala Harris is the first biracial, South Asian, black woman to hold the vice president’s office. Pete Buttigieg is the first gay candidate to debate a presidential debate. Sarah McBride became the first transgender person.
Major challenges have been achieved, and these essays are important for politics. But while Americans continue to express their political views, one group seems to be left out of the conversation – the non-religious.
22.8% of Americans do not associate with religion. However, just 3.6% of Congressional Legislators similar to irreligious.
The lack of representation for non-believers is deeply rooted in American society. According to the American Psychological Association, atheists are marginalized in their workplace and will see more than criminals. Because of their minority background, non-believers have struggled to make a place for themselves, especially in politics.
For example, while watching Barack Obama’s speech as a teenager, I remember asking my father what would happen if a president did not believe in God since they had sworn in the Bible. He can respond to other religions – using their holy texts – but he cannot respond to unbelievers and non-believers.
Like all kids who dream big, I thought I would be president one day. This event made me doubt that; I don’t know if my country accepts who I am.
However, this has not been raised as an issue. There hasn’t been a president who didn’t have a personal list based on religion since Abraham Lincoln, who held office over four decades and 77 years ago. Although he grew up with Baptist parents and surrounded himself with counselors, Lincoln still did not believe that he was a Christian.
On some level, I can relate to Lincoln: I’m a skeptic, and although my now-skeptic parents raised me, my grandparents were Christians. From them, I sometimes read Bible verses and go to church, but a part of America was not taught God by their grandparents.
Their orientation is by repeating the Pledge of Allegiance in elementary school every morning. In a class full of kindergarteners, they were told “one country in God” before they could write America.
For a country founded on the idea that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion” – that is first line of First Reformation – religion, and especially Christianity, seems to be important to his thinking.
According to the 2019 Gallup poll96% of people will vote for a black candidate, 95% will vote for a Hispanic candidate, 94% will vote for a woman, and 76% will vote for a candidate gay or lesbian.
Only 60% of people would vote for an atheist.
Religion has become so entrenched in American culture and politics that seven states still have provisions in their constitutions that prohibit religious people from voting in government. Although these restrictions have been deemed unconstitutional since 1961, discrimination is still caused by language, including one case in 1992 and one in 2009.
However, non-religious people are generally accepted. Accordingly Pew Research, Atheists tend to support legal abortion, government aid for the poor, LGBTQ+ rights, and climate change more than religious believers.
Our society has become more dangerous for its citizens every day. Women lose control of their bodies, hate crimesand our planet is at risk worsening climate change. Unbelievers deserve a voice, especially if that voice will stand up against the injustices in our society.
America prides itself on its diversity and freedom, but has no anger about religious persecution. Discussions around other minorities do not tend to include religion. This could be because religion is easily hidden, unlike race and gender, and it leads to fraud. When members of Congress decide to share their religious beliefs, their opinions are weighed heavily.
“I don’t offend religion, and I don’t judge other people’s religion,” said Jared Huffmana declared humanist congressman, when he had to clarify his receptiveness to religion.
Criticism against America is common even in the case of non-believers in passing, as when CNS News reporter Terrence Jeffery criticized a statement in Barack Obama’s inaugural speech: “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers. “
“In America, we don’t have an established religion, and the First Amendment guarantees it free exercise, but we are and always have been a God-fearing nation,” Jeffrey said.
22.8% of non-religious Americans, myself included, would likely disagree.
American voters need to recognize that non-believers are an important part of their country. We deserve the right to be represented in government.
Don’t talk about a country under God, let’s focus on “freedom and justice for all.”