A prominent evangelical preacher has stated that she would never vote for a candidate who considered himself or herself to be an atheist.
Anne Graham Lotz, founder and president of AnGeL Ministries and daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham, made this statement Sunday when she was part of a panel on MSNBC.
“I would not vote for a man who was atheist,” said Lotz, adding that she believes “you need to have acknowledgment, a reverence, a fear for almighty God. And I believe that’s where wisdom comes from.”
Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, told The Christian Post that he took issue with Lotz’s remarks for multiple reasons.
“I find the idea of a spiritual litmus test for public office to be fundamentally unfair and wrong,” said Speckhardt.
“Someone’s position on theism and their faith label doesn’t give us enough information to disqualify a candidate, even on a personal level.”
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