President Trump delivered a God-and-country-infused speech Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. Like all federal politicians in the United States, he is appealing to Americans who believe in Christian nationalism (belief that God has a uniquely Christian purpose for the United States)
Trump said: “We can all be heroes to everybody, and they can be heroes to us as long as we open our hearts to God’s grace, America will be free, the land of the free, the home of the brave and the light to all nations.”
Because the majority of Americans identify themselves as Christians (71%), to get elected, politicians must act like Christians and say they are Christian. This is one reason why there has never been a Jewish president. This year, there isn’t a single admitted atheist currently in Congress. Its hard to predict which politicians hide their actual religious beliefs. But some do for sure. For example after retiring, former Rep. Barney Frank (Mass Democrat) admitted he was not a believer.
Not only do Christians want to vote for Christians, but many believe atheism is “threatening” to them and threatening our country so they would not vote for an Atheist.
To enchant Christians, the National Prayer Breakfast is put on annually by a group of Christians. Every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has attended the National Prayer Breakfast , which draws several thousand people from around the world, especially evangelicals, who have proved strong supporters of the Trump administration.
These politicians have admitted they are not believers in God or Christian. Many admitted this after election or retirement from politics.
Barney Frank (D)
Jamie Raskin (D) Said: “I’ve never called myself an atheist, I’ve never pronounced upon the existence of a divinity before.”
Pete Stark (D-Calif.) In 2007 he acknowledged he was an Atheist, but he had already served in Congress for over 30 years.
Tory James Arbuthnot (D) Revealed his atheism after 28 years in the Commons.
Thomas Gore (D) The first atheist U.S. senator. Vidal Gore as a child used to accompany his grandfather and in an interview Thomas revealed he is an Atheist.
This list of Atheist politicians does not have any Presidents. There is one obvious past President that might have been Atheist.
Barack Obama (D) Many people assume he is probably an atheist. He has not yet admitted this.
Jesse Ventura (L) This Minnesota Governor has been quite vocal about being atheist since leaving office. He said: “”Don’t get me wrong. Other people are free to believe in God.”