My old friend (and classmate at Pimlico Junior High School) Stuart Levine writes:
After Romney’s choice of Ryan as his running mate, it is now impossible for any Democrat to be either an atheist or an agnostic. I fully expect that the DNC will announce an official day of thanksgiving during which all Democrats can give thanks to their Deity of Choice.
Stuart certainly has a point. As of right now, Romney seems to have made an inspired choice, from a Democratic perspective. As has been remarked before in this space, as a purely statistical matter the frequency with which Barack Obama’s electoral opponents have self-destructed strongly suggests that he is either on a personal mission from God or has sold his soul to Satan. Neither hypothesis is fully consistent with atheism.
However, statistical arguments lead only to probable opinion. (Or something weaker than that, once the econometricians get started.) In the absence of deductive proof, I remain agnostic.
Footnote Of course, you don’t have to be a theist to follow Jewish rituals. So, on the occasion of this truly monstrous all-hereditary-rich-white-guy Republican ticket, let us all recite the brucha prescribed in the שׁוּלחָן עָרוּך (Shulkhan Aruch) on seeing a monstrosity:
Blessed are You, HaShem, Ruler of the World, Who has created all things according to Your will: even the Ryan Budget.