2008 Voters' Guide
September 20, 2008
In this election year, the ACA
has finally decided to enter the
political fray. While our 501(c)3 organizational
status does not allow
us to support any particular party
or political candidate, we can raise
our issues in the political arena.
And there are plenty of issues that
atheists care about that are largely
missing from the nationís political
dialog. Church-state separation
would be a major one, but we also
care about fair treatment, promotion
of science, and other topics.
As an active atheist group in the
Capitol city of the second largest
state, the ACA is well positioned
to make a big impact. To do that,
we have decided to create a votersí
guide for issues that concern
The 2008 Votersí Guide has been announced
on the ACA Web site. Results will be published on
or before October 13th. The guide will be based on
the results of a survey of candidates
running for offices voted
on by Texans in the 2008 general
election. Because every
candidate for each race is given
the same opportunity to respond,
the votersí guide will allow voters
to make an informed choice on
the issues behind the questions.
We are hoping that the survey
gets some publicity and raises
awareness for our issues. We do
not expect large numbers of the
surveys to be returned to us. Even
so, the survey will have an educational
impact on the candidates
and the community at large.
We feel the votersí guide is a great
initiative that advances our mission
and provides a public service. We
are doing our part to improve our
nation by helping to elect highly
qualified candidates regardless of
party. Thanks to ACA members who have contributed
to the project. If you support this
effort, consider making a donation
to the ACA to defray costs. See you
at the voting booth!
From the officers:
The ACA Lecture Series continues, Sunday September 14th at 12:15pm at the Austin History Center, 9th and Guadalupe. Chase Hunter will talk on "Inside Scientology." The Austin History Center opens at noon.
Join us for the Bat Cruise Lecture, 1:15pm September 27th at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 40th and Speedway. Lecturers will be Richard Carrier and Chris Johnson.
The ACA Bat Cruise is set for Saturday, September 27th, 6-8pm. Purchase tickets in advance here.