Is Rubio running for Pastor-In-Chief?
On Monday, an atheist asked Marco Rubio if he was running for the position of Pastor-in-chief rather than the presidential position of Commander-In-Chief.
The man asked Rubio how he planned on representing the rights of atheists once in office, "because there's talks in our community of you running as pastor-in-chief and not commander-in-chief."
Presidential Nominee Rubio said in response that:
"You have a right to believe whatever you want," Rubio said in Waverly, Iowa. "No one is going to force you to believe in God, but no one is going to force me to stop talking about God."
"I'm not going to force you to pray, I'm not going to force you to go to church. I'm not going to force you to espouse beliefs that you don't have. But, no one is going to take away my right and your right to live out the teachings of your faith. No one."
Now I want to go through some parts of this quote by fucking quote.
Believe whatever you want
Rubio starts his answer by saying:
"You have a right to believe whatever you want,"
That's what a presidential candidate should say. You should be neutral on the matter of religion. As Commander-In-Chief, you are to keep the vast social landscape of the American public up front and center. You don't need to be so myopic in your views that you let them take over how you govern our nation. You are to represent our nation, so you need to be open to both the majority and minority groups.
But as you have seen, he goes downhill pretty fucking fast.
Next, he tanks his fucking response pretty goddamn quick:
No one is going to force you to believe in God
There isn't any way that he would pass a law requiring you to be a Christian to be an American, but he's espoused the idea before that a belief in god is key to being American:
Our national motto is 'In God we Trust,' reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all.
So no, nobody is going to force you to believe in God, but he certainly will guilt the fuck out of you and make you feel like you're a second class citizen because your beliefs differ.
no one is going to force me to stop talking about God.
But, no one is going to take away my right and your right to live out the teachings of your faith. No one.
This is a strawman fallacy. Nobody is trying to actively take his right to believe away. The atheist community values the First Amendment and we wouldn't violate it in such a way. What he is talking about is people restricting the overreach of the Christian majority in America by making them follow the First Amendment to the Constitution. The reason he thinks it's stifling his right to espouse his faith is because they've been privileged for so long that they forgot what the law says and even misconstrue the First Amendment to support their position.
Next he says this shit:
I'm not going to force you to pray
I'm not going to force you to espouse beliefs that you don't have
This is total horse shit. Unless Rubio is going to remove "In God We Trust" from our money and take God out of the pledge, because until you do that Rubes you're going to be forcing Atheists across America to espouse beliefs that they don't have. Sure we can refuse to say the pledge that invites your shitty ass supporters to chastise, berate, or even physical harm those that don't. We can refuse to say the pledge but what does that do to include us in what it means to be American?
You say that a belief in God is integral to being an American and you support the inclusion of prayer in government meetings. You are in fact either going to force atheists to pray or force them to be subjected to being chastised and berated by their fellow Americans.
That is not what we need in a president. You say that Hillary Clinton isn't fit to be president, but you sir aren't fit to serve in a public position in general.