You know people make a big deal about atheists and their beliefs. I don't because it's pretty simple to understand. I consider myself a christian but I still believe in separation in church and state. Take a look at those muslim countries where there isn't a separation between chruch and state. They spawn terrorist because certain groups are not listened to, the women have no rights, and everyone is pretty poor except for a very few.
It wasn't to long ago where we had things like the salem witch trials. And I am not even going to state that how do you pick a god or religion that makes everyone happy. You can't.
I can live with that. What I can't live with is that while I can recognize someones right not to believe in god, they have to recognize my right to believe in one. If I have a relgion or belief system that helps shape my opinion, and I am in any public office, I believe that I have a right to know that person believes that way.
I am more apt to vote for someone who is not trying to hide what they believe in, than those that do try to hide what they believe in.