Thursday, February 22, 2007

Politicians Should be Atheists

One of the most dangerous things in the world is a politician with strong beliefs. They believe they know best, ignore evidence to the contrary, and ignore the opinions of others. Then they do stupid things that affect all of us.

Religion is based on beliefs, and strongly religious politicians tend also to have strong belief in their own right to impose their beliefs on other people.

In many ways Tony Blair has one of the best records of a prime minister in recent British history. He has done a lot of good for the country, however he is now very unpopular because he let his beliefs guide him when he should have been listening and using his intelligence. He is an overtly religious man, more so than most recent British politicians, and he also stubbornly sticks to unpopular policies that he believes are right. While it did make sense to be politically close to the USA, he took it too far for too long, and took Britain to war on false pretences, because he believed too strongly in the fake evidence of WMDs.

The US administration, especially Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice are so fixated on their beliefs, that they will do anything to deny and supress evidence that doesn't agree with them. They even deny that they said things that were clearly said on the record, as The Daily Show gleefully points out with back to back video clips. There is a complete inability to admit that they could ever be wrong on anything.

I want all politicians to be atheists, with weak belief systems, and an ability to solve problems, analyze evidence, change their minds if necessary, admit their mistakes quickly and make policy with an open mind and an inclusionary and pluralist attitude. Then the people of America and the world will be truly free.

7 comments:

Mojoey said...

Welcome to the Atheist Blogroll

Louie said...

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. ;)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the blogroll, from another alien atheist. In my case I'm Irish and living in Phoenix. As for US politicians, I know a lot of them are droolingly insane religious nuts (especially in Arizona) but I sometimes wonder how many of them are simply playing along with, and pandering to, the extreme religious lunacy of their constituents but are secretly less religious than they let on.

- No More Mr. Nice Guy!

ck3049 said...

ok, but wouldnt a person who could do all the things you want them to, develop a strong belief system? We need someone who has strong belief system but also an open mind and who is also someone who is not only listening to the advice of his people but the all the people in general you know what i mean?

ck3049 said...

ok, but wouldnt a person who could do all the things you want them to, develop a strong belief system? We need someone who has strong belief system but also an open mind and who is also someone who is not only listening to the advice of his people but the all the people in general you know what i mean?

Alien Atheist said...

Thanks for the comments, I took a look at the No More Mr. Nice Guy site and its well worth a read.

I'm not sure what the point of this comment is "but wouldnt a person who could do all the things you want them to, develop a strong belief system?".

My point is that a strong belief system is a liability. Its possible that success may "go to ones head" in that people believe in their own infallibility after a while. I'll write a post on this subject.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

I came upon this post while googling for any Atheist politicians. I agree with you for the most part, except for the implying that atheists have weak beliefs. As an atheist I would like to see a completely atheist government that uses logic, freethinking, and humanistic qualities to form our laws and policies. I have very strong convictions that there is no god or gods or supreme being of any kind. Granted that these beliefs are based in science and reason, but they are still beliefs, very strong beliefs.