Michael Stopa, who is campaigning to replace James McGovern as the U.S. Representative for the 3rd congressional district in Massachusetts, refuses to throw in his lot with those Republicans who claim that Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Instead, Stopa asserts that President Obama is an atheist. “I actually don’t think Barack Obama is a Muslim. I think he is a nonbeliever,” Stopa told a reporter. What evidence did Stopa have for Obama’s atheism? Obama and his family have been attending Christian worship services for years, after all.
Stopa admitted that he didn’t have any evidence for Obama’s atheism. He just believed in it, because of clues such as Obama’s stands on political issues. Stopa explained, “I have no specific evidence, but I think he’s sympathetic to anybody who is opposed to America and American values.”
Being sympathetic to people who are opposed to “American values” is a sign that someone is an atheist? Does that make Osama Bin Laden an atheist, Mr. Stopa?
I have no specific evidence, but I believe that Mike Stopa has been sniffing glue.
Postscript: For just a second, let’s indulge in Stopa’s fantasy in which Barack Obama, who has expanded George W. Bush’s office of faith-based initiatives, is an atheist. So what if Obama was an atheist? The Constitution of the United States of America makes it clear that Obama’s religious identity is supposed to have nothing at all to do with his standing as President. It’s in Article VI, as plain as day: “No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Why is Michael Stopa ignorant of the Constitution? It’s the foundational document of “American values”, after all, and if Stopa is sympathetic to those who oppose Article VI’s ban on religious tests for public office, why that would make him…