Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Atheism FTW

Unless someone knows something I don't know, I present to you the world's first elected Atheist head of state.

(I say elected because the Communist heads-of-state are, nominally, Atheists... not great role-models, though)

6 comments:

Brian Westley said...

well, parliamentary governments don't directly elect the PM, and Mitterrand was variously described as an agnostic or atheist...

CultureFuture said...

It's true that she wasn't directly elected, but I think so.

Most sources I found ascribed Agnosticism to Mitterrand, but it is a fair point. And Mitterand was directly elected, if I'm not mistaken.

CultureFuture said...

Whoops, typo.

"It's true that she wasn't directly elected, but I think it's still notable."

Here in the United States, we're still a long way off from having an Atheist as a party leader (selected by the party).

Ian Thal said...

Also that few, if any Communist heads of state are "elected" in a way that fits the way most Anglophonic folk use the word.

CultureFuture said...

True, very few Communist heads of state are "elected." I think the only one who qualifies is Klement Gottwald, whose Czech Socialist Party won 36% of the vote in 1945 and was invited by President Eduard Benes to form the first post-war government. It was (unless I'm mistaken) the only time a Communist party won power in an unrigged election. Once he was PM, he led a coup to solidify power.

I can't see confirmation that he was an Atheist, though, although presumably he was or pretended to be.

Ronan said...

Umm deputy prime minister of the united kingdom is an athiest