vjack at Atheist Revolution sees danger. He’s right. But it is not just American Atheists that are at risk, but so are most Christians, even Evangelical Christians. They just don’t see it, yet. Will they before election day? He writes:
Palin also sounds increasingly dangerous to American atheists. Consider the following quote and then see how it sounds if you replace “Alaska” with “America.” Chilling.
I can do my job there in developing our natural resources and doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded,” she added. “But really all of that stuff doesn’t do any good if the people of Alaska’s heart isn’t right with God.
I agree with Americans United for Separation of Church and State. We do not need politicians who act like national pastors; we need leaders who unite diverse individuals around policy goals.
And that diversity must include those who are believers in God. Keep in mind that statements like the one above are not new in American political rhetoric and we may be overreacting to Palin on this score. I doubt it, however, for I don’t see an evidence that this is just rhetoric. Atheist Revolution: Palin as Pastor-in-Chief