It was with surprise that I read about the “U.S. Senate’s Newest Faces” in the Nov. 7 issue of The Bellingham Herald.
Not because they were virtually all Republican (that’s another story entirely), but because literally every one of them had their religion listed.
Referencing the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Thomas Jefferson said, “… legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” It’s stunning to me that some sort of religious adherence is almost always necessary to run for office in this country.
Like many, perhaps more than you realize, I am a non-religious person. I vote, I volunteer, I work hard, I donate to the less fortunate, and most would consider me a stand-up citizen. Yet because I’m not “Christian,” in much of this country I wouldn't be electable. What a pity. I look forward to the day when, if asked, an official wouldn't be embarrassed to say, agnostic, atheist, or, preferably, none of your business.