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Ron Paul is a republican candidate running for the President of the United States of America. He has been the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district since 1997 and a three-time candidate for the U.S. Presidency. The video below was filmed at the Union Street Brick Church in Bangor, Maine on January 27, 2012 featuring National Atheist Party’s Treasurer, Bernard “Flash” Kellish.
From his website:
Congressman Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives: Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.
He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee. On the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Paul serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.
Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including The Revolution: A Manifesto, End the Fed, Liberty Defined, Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It.
At the end of Paul’s speech, there was a portion set aside for pictures and brief introductions. Kellish asked Paul what he would do for his Atheist constituents and Paul stated honestly that he wasn’t going to do anything. Dissatisfied with this answer, Flash came around again and made another inquiry. Paul initially stated that he was going to leave the atheist voters alone, that he wasn’t going to do anything. He indicated that the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would suffice enough to protect all people. Paul went on to say that Congress should not get involved in a person’s personal belief. Still, in Paul’s “Statement of Faith”, he speaks of “God-given rights”. He also states that his belief in Jesus informs his decision making.
Ron Paul received an “F” on the Secular Coalition of America’s Scorecard under ‘Attitude Toward Nontheists’,’God, Faith & Governance’, and ‘Religious Refusal Laws’. Paul received a “C” on Church/State Separation.
Special thanks to Shannon Denbow for filming the event.
Bridget R. Gaudette
Deputy Vice President of Outreach
National Atheist Party