I recently had the opportunity to ask Hillary Clinton two questions at a campaign rally in Hampton, New Hampshire. I asked her, “How is your faith going to affect the decisions you make as president? Also, would you have an atheist in your cabinet?”
Interesting. Good question. I’ve never been asked this. Would I have an atheist in my cabinet? I’m not going to ask people what their religion is for my cabinet. I don’t think that’s appropriate.
[APPLAUSE and CHEERING]
I believe that I will be sustained and supported by my faith. Harry Truman once said that, “the White House was the crown jewel of the American Penal System”. By that he meant that it’s a very difficult and sometimes lonely place because the reponsibilities are so immense. I really will be sustained by my faith and by the faith of the American people, that we can do better, that we can make the decisions that will give us a better future for our kids.
She safely answered my second question. Of course she wouldn’t ask a potential member of her cabinet. Whew! What if it was already known and she didn’t have to ask? Atheists are perhaps the least trusted demographic in America. I wanted to know if Hillary shares this popular view.
I was disappointed that she basically ignored the meat of my first question. Perhaps I asked it poorly. She answered how faith affects her personally. I wanted to know if, and how, it would effect her presidential decisions. I don’t want a president (I don’t have a choice this time around; all the candidates from both parties have affirmed their belief in a theistic god.) who consults an imaginary friend regarding important real-world issues. It also goes to one’s ability to reason. I don’t want to make too much of it, but if someone believes Noah sailed around with two of every “kind” on a huge wooden boat I think we shouldn’t allow them to administer anything important.