Thursday, October 30, 2008

Open Letter to the Democrats

I wrote this same kind of letter to the GOP in a previous post, and while on this topic, I decided to be just as hard on the Democrats in relation to the non-religious.

Dear Democrats,

I'm writing you in order to ask important questions pertaining to the current elections. Before I start, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Jim, age 24, a photographer, a hard working retail inventory person, patriotic American, troop-supporter, artist, son of a loving mother, fiscally conservative, atheist. Yes, I'm an atheist.

May I ask, does the word "atheist" make you cringe? Does the thought of a person rejecting religion for the sake of realistic explanation of our world appall you? I hope not. I'm just an average, lower middle-class, hard working American. I donate to charity (even Church charity), I volunteer for common causes, and I work hard to help my fellow countrymen and countrywomen. With all of that aside, I have a political bone to pick with you:

Why won't a party that is traditionally secular carry a secular attitude towards religion and government?

Why won't a party strongly supported by non-religious people provide the same support in return?

Why are atheists still being slandered to cover Kay Hagan's supposed "association" with atheists?

Why is association with atheists considered a negative in an election campaign?

Why are there still so many loopholes in government healthcare for middle-class Americans?

You've told us so much about healthcare for all Americans, but you haven't told us how we would pay for it. How will we pay for it and how much will it cost?

Why are the discussions about the future of social security benefits all talk and no walk?

I would die for our Constitutional rights, and I support the causes of a free Democracy. Any atheist that lives in this country would more than likely tell you the same. Atheists can be Democrats, Libertarians, Socialists, and all things in between; even Republicans. My point is that we're all Americans, and we can all be labeled different things and still act as a civilized and unified nation.

Why are you doing so much to spread the divide, and not doing enough to close it?

Your concerned-for-his-own-rights friend,

Jim

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