Bloody hell, it's another post concerning politics! Will have to remedy this worrying trend at some point. However, following my previous grumbling about science literacy in society, I noticed ERVs post. ERV notes that Obama and McCain were unable to take part in Science Debate 2008, but were able to take time out of their valuable schedules to be quizzed at some megachurch or other.
Now, I wouldn't particularly describe myself as a "new atheist". I'm also realistic enough to recognise that prospective presidents need to court the religious vote to some extent. However, to totally avoid a science based discussion is yet another worrying indicator about the marginalised nature of science in society.