Has the RRS considered sending a representative to one of the US 2008 Presidential General Election debates to ask a question?
There are 3 presidential debates this year, the second of which is a town hall forum in which voters can ask questions on ANY topic. This debate takes place at Belmont University, the largest Christian university in Tennessee, on October 7, 2008. This would be an excellent forum to start a dialog concerning atheists in America and their growing presence as an accepted/unaccepted minority.
I was thinking it would be great if the RRS could get some representative(s) to attend the debate and ask questions regarding separation of church and state, atheism acceptance in America, addressing the contradiction of whether or not the President's confession of a particular set of religious beliefs are a private matter or whether they daily influence his/her decision making abilities, etc. There are a ton of possibilities here.
This is what I would ask:
Previous presidents have reflected on the role of citizens who confess no religious beliefs, especially those who do not believe in the existence of a God or Gods. In 1987 President George H.W. Bush said of atheists, "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God." As President, how would you address the tacitly accepted discrimination of atheists and nonbelievers in the America of 2008?
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Yoda