A third party candidate for president has proposed an out-of-the-box measure: provide a special fast track line for atheists at airports.
Writing in a piece for The Huffington Post, Zoltan Istvan of the Transhumanist Party recounted that in the six flights he has taken over the last month, all of the security checks have lasted longer than 40 minutes. Naturally, he questioned why this was the case. He found his answer, he says, when he looked around.
“A Sikh man in a turban was in front of me,” Istvan said. “In another line was a Muslim women wearing a black burja. Behind me a Catholic priest in a robe carried a worn leather satchel. Sure, religiosity makes some people fundamentalists. And, historically, such beliefs have been used to perpetrate great harm, including the bombing or hijacking of airplanes.” He continued:
I couldn’t help but wonder if I really had to wait in hour-plus lines since no atheist–so far as I could discover–has ever been accused of bombing or hijacking a plane. Atheists aren’t attracted to terrorism since they’re too level-headed to believe they know all the answers to the universe. They don’t need to defend or promote strict ideologies, especially archaic ones.
However, numerous aviation terrorist attacks have been committed in the name of religion–many during peacetime. And it’s not just Muslims that are doing it, either. Christians have done it, as well.
Istvan asserts that as an “aspiring politician,” he strives “to improve society by applying statistical analysis to decision making by looking at numbers and facts, and try to logically create policy that achieves the greater good for society, especially in a scientific transhuman way.”
I’m wondering if maybe it’s time for an atheist security check line for the nearly three billion people that fly every year in the thousands of airports worldwide. After all, nearly 15 percent of the world’s population is godless or nonreligious.
Millions of productive hours (the equivalent of at least hundreds of millions of dollars) are being spent needlessly by atheists in security check lines every year–all because a number of religious people may use planes as terror weapons.
The Transhumanist Party candidate gives two reasons for his proposal. First, he cites a Pew Research Center study showing less Americans are religious; and second, “less TSA people would be needed, giving taxpayers more money in their pockets.”
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h/t: The Daily Caller
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