Political Scorecard: Separation of Church and State, Freedom of Religion

Here is a scorecard published by BillStamp.com which rates U.S. politicians according to how well they support the Separation of Church and State. There's also a smaller scorecard containing only the 2016 presidential candidates.

Just leaving it here in case any of you are interested. Let me know if you have any questions about what the scores mean.

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Is this site atheistic?

Secularism is separate from Atheism. Atheism, Agnosticism, Humanism, etc are religions*, whereas Secularism is merely the political idea that certain things (e.g. government funding, hiring practices, etc.) should be kept separate from religion.

*religion is a subjective term, so please don't email us about nontheism's religious status

How did they arrive at the subjective idea that atheism, etc. are a religion?

They are beliefs regarding answers to religious questions, e.g. "Are there things outside of the universe?", "What is the meaning of life?"

I don't consider my denial of the existence of supernatural phenomena a religious belief.

Fair enough, that's your opinion. Anyway what do you think of the scorecard (the link I posted)?

It's great to see that the entire list isn't democrats totally on the top and republicans totally on the bottom. However, seeing almost all of the republican nominees at the bottom...is alarming. I've heard the phrase "clown car" or "clown parade" on several news sites and websites. Would you consider that an appropriate description?

I especially consider the religious-right candidates to be clustered into a sort of clown car. Every one of them is a frickin joke, is 100% non-vote-worthy, and all spout off the same bullshit talking points with absolutely no differentiation between them. You can kinda tell which candidates are the wingnuts and which are more interested in being Republican for economic/fiscalLibertarian reasons. The wingnuts are in the bottom 10% of this list, while the economic-oriented ones usually have "unknown" ratings for the statement "Keep God in the public sphere" on OnTheIssues.org.

The general scorecard has Dems ranging from 20%-100% while Republicans only range from 0% to 15% (with outliers). That shows me that the freedom-of-religion battle will be more easily fought in the Dem side, since differentiation is clearer there (i.e. I can say with utmost certainty that I would prefer Bernie Sanders over Dennis Kucinich). One reason to lean towards voting in the Dem primaries rather than the GOP primaries.


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