Texas Atheist Group Releases Voters Guide for 2010
Press release issued: October 18, 2010
The Atheist Community of Austin, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational
organization has released the results of its 2010 candidate questionnaire
survey at their website: http://www.atheist-community.org/political/votersguide/2010/.
The 2010 Voters' Guide is a survey of candidates running for offices voted
on by Texans in the 2010 general election. The questionnaire consists of 24
position statements and candidates were asked to rank the strength of their
agreement/disagreement with each.
The ACA is conducting and publishing this survey as part of a non-partisan
educational effort in line with our missions of education, defending the
Constitutional separation of church and state, and promoting positive
The particular positions statements represent some of the issues and concerns
that, while certainly of interest to members of the secular community, are
valuable to all voters in determining the candidate that can best represent
ACA President, Matt Dillahunty, noted that more than 400 surveys were
submitted to candidates yet, "...many candidates didn't feel the need to
send a response while others returned the questionnaire without responding
to any of the positions listed. The atheist and secular community continues
to be freely disregarded by the overwhelming majority of candidates and
elected officials who are duty-bound to represent the interests of all
constituents. While the responses that we received should prove useful to
voters, I hope that voters also consider those candidates who did not reply
and ask themselves and those candidates why they were disinclined to
respond to simple position statements."
The questionnaire covered First Amendment, education and civil rights issues
and is available at the ACA website in multiple formats, including summaries.
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