has made me believe that she would let her beliefs interfere with her job. During her interview with Charlie Gibson, she *said* that X was her "personal belief" about at least two different subjects, but that wasn't enough to overcome my doubts about whether she'd let her religious beliefs influence her decisions as a policy-maker. We have separation of church and state in this country for a good reason, and no, it isn't to protect the *state.*
For what it's worth, I would have no problem voting for an atheist. I'm not sure an avowed atheist wouldn't do a better job of keeping a level head when it came to hot-button issues of "morality," but there aren't many of them in this country, and even if one ran for office, it (sadly) be political suicide for them to be honest and admit to it.