Many children grow up being told by their parents, “You can be anything you want to be when you grow up.” Some children dream to be princesses, firefighters, or, if they’re brave enough, President of the United States. Someday these kids will grow up to realize there are limitations, formal and informal, on who run for President. The formal requirements are “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States” (US Const. art. II sec. 1). Informal…show more content… Atheist religions include Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Scientology. Atheism is the non-belief in god, so Atheists have no belief in god (Crabtree). Atheism is not so much a religion, but a belief. “Atheism isn 't, therefore, ‘a religion’ and nor should it be capitalized, any more than ‘monotheist’ or ‘polytheist’ should be” (Crabtree). Christians do not identify themselves as monotheist. They identify themselves as Christians or their specific denominations. For this reason, Atheists should not be radicalized as an extreme religion or rather extreme lack of religion. About 13 million (nearly 6 percent of Americans) describe themselves as atheist or agnostic (Smith). It is unrealistic that any person out of this 13 million will become a future President.
This has been a continuing issue for American politics. In 1960, American voters were very concerned about the Catholic faith of John F. Kennedy (Smith). It became a key issue in his candidacy because many people feared Kennedy would take orders from the Pope. Kennedy stated, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute - where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote - where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference - and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the