In the 4th congressional district of Virginia this year, Democrat Wynne LeGrow ran against incumbent Republican Randy Forbes. The district is heavily Republican in registration, and Forbes takes large amounts of cash from corporate connections, so no one expected a Democrat to do well in the election.
Wynne LeGrow decided to give it a shot anyway, but he wasn’t about to compromise his identity in order to make this campaign for higher office. In a place where Christianity is regarded by many as a qualification for public service, LeGrow openly acknowledged that he is an atheist – he just doesn’t believe in the Christian god.
Some people say that they’ll never vote for an atheist, but then, those people are likely never to vote for a Democrat anyway. 38 percent of voters did vote for Wynne LeGrow yesterday, it turns out.
If an atheist can get nearly 4 out of 10 votes in Virginia, who’s to say that openly atheist candidates couldn’t win outright in more progressive places?