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Dutch Wrote: Both are unsuited for the job.
I hate to break it to you Dutch, but a lot of people are religious. Not just in America, but throughout the world.
Lumping Tim Kaine and Mike Pence together is ludicrous. Kaine has spent his entire life trying to help people while Pence has spent his entire life trying to force his religious dogma down peoples throats.
Kaine has a 100% rating from Planned parenthood while Pence has a 0% rating. Kaine has a 100% rating from NARAL while Pence has a 0% rating. I can go on and on and on.
If you are waiting for an openly atheist politician to win the Presidency then you may want to pay the $200,000 plus to freeze yourself in a cryonic chamber after you die. Maybe one will come around in my lifetime, but I'm not banking on it.
I am someone who just doesn't care what deity a politician (or anyone else) believes in so long as they don't try to force me to subscribe to their beliefs. Why do you care what someone else believes in? Does someone believing in a God make you so angry that you can't sleep at night?
I'm an atheist and actually subscribe to the literal definition of atheism, which is that I don't believe in a deity. That's it. I don't try to convince anyone else that there is no deity because I genuinely don't care what other people believe in.
I live by the motto of "just don't be a dick." If someone needs to believe in a higher power to not be a dick then I'm A-OK with it.
Senator Kaine may be a devout Catholic, but he has never once shown that his faith is what drives his votes. I challenge you to show me one instance throughout his tenure as mayor of Richmond, Lieutenant Governor, Governor, or U.S. Senator where he tried to force his religious beliefs onto anyone else.
Pence is the exact opposite. He has openly governed in a way that forces his religious beliefs down his constituents throats whether they like it or not.
Suggesting that they are equals just isn't based in reality.
I get it. You don't like religion. But a lot of people believe in a higher power and calling them all flag waiving idiots isn't going to make them stop believe in one.