I just saw this article on CNN about an "atheist blogger" converting to Catholicism and becoming a "catholic blogger."http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/2 ... tholicism/
But while atheists were puzzled by the conversion, others commended Libresco.
“I know I’ve prayed for her conversion several times, always thinking she would make a great Catholic,” wrote Brandon Vogt, a Catholic blogger. “And with this news, it looks like that will happen. Today heaven is roaring with joy.”
I am not tempted to follow the links to any
of these blogs, that's for sure.
The single biggest factor affecting a person's views on homosexuality is whether or not that person knows a homosexual. So maybe the problem is that a huge percentage of the American populace doesn't know anyone who is a card-carrying, flaming atheist.
if there were a gay/muslim/atheist presidential candidate from the party they liked, people would likely come to terms with it and vote for them anyway:
That might be true. I can't tell if you were attempting to lend credibility to my point, or to undermine it. I think that Joe Biden recently cited "Will and Grace" as one of the main reasons he became okay with gay marriage. Those people don't even actually exist. You can "know" a presidential candidate in a real enough sense so that the candidate influences your perception of those people.
I think it may well be the case that the average American does not know a person who is openly an atheist. They are not well-represented within the media. Does anyone who watches TV here know if there are atheist characters on network television shows who aren't cranks, creeps, or weirdos?