Another atheist lawmaker emerged from under the shadows of the predominate Christian Arizona Senate.
Athena Salman, who describes herself as a ‘half Arab, part Mexican’ atheist, is running for the State House and will be joining fellow secular Arizona politicians Cara Prior, Scott Prior and Jaun Mendez.
Salman “came out” while speaking to the Secular Student Alliance at Arizona State University this week, by going public with her own atheism and telling the group that she is running for the State House in District 26.
“What I do, just telling my story, running for office — still an experience, still it scares me sometimes because I’m atheist, I’m half Arab, I’m also part Mexican… there’s a lot of things in Arizona that just doesn’t resonate with most people. But to me, picturing people like Rosa Parks, and who she really was and what she really did, what her real contribution was… I want to embody my life after that.”
Being an Atheist running for office in Arizona is certainly no walk in the park, but the more people who openly do so the better it will be in the long run.
Especially if they are elected and their are no reports of them eating babies or consorting with Satan.
There was a time not too very long ago that NO politician would have openly admitted to being and Atheist and now there are more all of the time.
Hopefully I live long enough to see the day where a person's faith or lack of faith is no longer a determining factor in their ability to be elected.