Atheists are angry over Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s claim last week that “people of faith make better leaders,” with one activist dismissing her comments as a form of “bigotry” against nonbelievers. “I do think it’s worth saying that people of faith make better leaders because faith gives us humility,” Fiorina, a Christian, said during an address at the Presidential Family Forum event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 20. ”Faith teaches us that no one of us is greater than any other one of us, that each of us are gifted by God. Faith gives us empathy.” The presidential contender, who was seated next to six of her Republican opponents when she made the remarks, went on to discuss the notion that faith allows people to find redemption when they fall, giving every individual who possesses it “optimism.” “It gives us the belief that there is something better — that there is someone bigger than all of us,” she said. “And so I think that it’s important that we elect a leader of faith … who knows that more prayer, not less, is necessary in public life and in all our lives.” Fiorina’s comments were published by Right Wing Watch, a liberal blog that seeks to “shed light on the activities of right-wing political organizations.” She was also criticized for her remarks in an article on the Secular News Network.