Bigotry towards people of faith is actively riled against (see the 5 posts by Hugh Hewitt in response to Al Sharptons anti-Mormon remarks). But, bigotry towards Atheists gets much less attention.
Case in point, Mitt Romney’s remark:
“we need to have a person of faith lead the country.”
While largely benign, and something that doesn’t strike me as outside the range of normality in terms of what politicians are likely to say, it certainly does make a statement. He’s saying that Atheists and Agnostics are not fit to be President. That is a clearly bigoted remark.
As an agnostic, I don’t feel offended. And I don’t think it’s good practice to go around verbally lynching people on every little outburst (we’ve all made stupid comments). But, it is good practice to point out the obvious logical connections between statements and their conclusions.
(Hat Tip: Andrew Sullivan)