That’s a point in Nader’s favor – the other campaigns apparently don’t think that atheists are worth speaking with, even in terms of important political issues. The Austin atheist survey didn’t ask candidates to support atheism, but to state their positions, on a scale ranging between strongly agree and strongly disagree, on scientific issues and matters regarding First Amendment protections of liberty. Take a look at the questions asked, and Nader’s responses, for yourself.
I have a slight caveat to my praise for Ralph Nader for his response to the atheist voter survey, however. Mostly, I agree with Nader’s responses to the survey, but there are some items on the survey to which Nader has only responded with a waffling “U” – the letter which represents either uncertain or undecided, depending on which version of the survey you look at.
These questions are:
12: “E Pluribus Unum” or “In Science We Trust” would be a less divisive national motto than “In God We Trust”, “In Allah We Trust”, “In Shiva and Vishnu We Trust”, or “Gott Mit Uns”.
17: A religious leader who learns of a commission of a felony should not be immune from prosecution for failure to report the crime.
18: A prison inmate should not be paroled or granted prison favors on account of religion.
20: Parents who, on account of religion, prevent their children from receiving life-saving medical treatment should not be immune from prosecution or from loss of custody of their children.”
I would have like to have seen Ralph Nader provide a decisive statement on these issues, rather than declare himself undecided. A little bit of thought should have led him to some appropriate decisions on these matters, and anyone who is asking to become President of the United States should have thought them through by now.