Atheists Say They Are Advancing Thanks to Liberals and Claim Tennessee Proves It

Atheism is not a political liability among liberal voters, and one example of that played out in Tennessee, according to a new article on the website Friendly Atheist.

“Nontheistic, progressive Democrats in non-swing districts should no longer feel hesitant to be public about their religious identity,” the website reported.

“And while it still could be a challenging factor in swing districts, it’s no longer the taboo it once was.”

Friendly Atheist cited Gayle Jordan, who sought the District 14 Tennessee State Senate seat in 2016 — and lost.

“Even though she never brought up her atheism, she only received 26 percent of the vote. It’s not all that surprising; having ‘Democrat’ next to her name was likely enough to sink her candidacy,” the website said.

“That seat opened up last year and she ran in the special election. So you might think she’d want to be even more careful about offending potential voters. Instead, she made it clear she was an atheist, and her opponents attacked her for it. She lost again… however this time, she earned 28 percent of the votes. Her open atheism didn’t even seem to affect her, and that’s the point.”

The attacks, the website went on to say “appeared to have had no effect on the race, except to expose the leaders of the Tennessee Republican Party as appalling religious bigots.”

I know the election results don’t sound all that encouraging, but for open atheists, they should be,” the website said.

“Being honest and public about your atheism is no longer political suicide among the voters you need on your side. If you’re going to lose, odds are it’ll be for other reasons. That’s a huge revelation to those of us who have long wanted to see more non-religious representation in the world of politics.”

A new poll by Lake Research Partners, on behalf of the American Humanist Association and the Center for Freethought Equality said “atheism isn’t a huge political liability, at least among people who support abortion and LGBTQ rights.”

“That’s important to note, especially for Democrats in red districts,” the website said.

“Instead of trying to change the minds of hard-core conservatives — keeping your atheism under wraps because it might be a deal-breaker for some — you’d be better off being honest and coming out as non-religious because it’ll inspire even more people to support you.”

The survey found 72 percent of liberal Democrats would vote for an atheist on the ballot. And 74 percent of them would support a more generic non-religious or agnostic candidate, the website reported.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Gayle Jordan” by Gayle Jordan.


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9 Thoughts to “Atheists Say They Are Advancing Thanks to Liberals and Claim Tennessee Proves It”

  1. Brien Doyle

    Aside from the inconvenient fact that no evidence has yet proven the existence of any gods – just words in books!!!

  2. Elizabeth Barger

    I know many very religious Democrats who have been amazed and horrified at the immoral and abusive candidates that have elected with great enthusiasm by GOPs, in spite of their immoral and dishonest dealings in the past, who have trampled the teachings of their religions on family, respect, honesty and love.

  3. Michael M

    State law cannot supersede Federal Law. Article VI of the US Constitution states: no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
    Tennessee bigotry is invalid.

  4. Ron W

    Ralph, that’s assuming that the plain words of the State Constitution would be obeyed. That doesn’t always happen. Tennessee requires a permit to exercise the right to carry arms for self defense, so that’s a flagrant violation of Section 26 of the State Constitution’s Declaration of Rights. It’s UNLAWFUL and flagrantly unconstitutional to require a permit to exercise a right!

  5. Ralph

    Article IX, Section 2 of the Tennessee State Constitution:

    “No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.”

    So even if she had won the election, she would have been denied office.

    1. Daniel D Langdon

      That nonsense violates the US Constitution

  6. Rick

    Democrats being the party of atheists goes hand in hand with their socialist views to destroy our country as we have known it.. They have destroyed public education. They will destroy nanything in this country of moral value.. Evil has taken over the Democratic Party. People better understand where we are headed and it’s not good!

    1. Tim from Knoxville

      I think you’re mistaken. Republicans have done so much worse for corruption and destruction of our public works.

    2. Mark Russell

      All of the damage done to public education has been done by bigots opposed to racial integration. This is what led to the current testing fetish, dreamt up and pushed by Conservatives.