Can An Atheist Be a Republican? Not I...

Can An Atheist Be a Republican? Not If Evidence Matters

There are 8 comments on the Examiner.com story from Jun 18, 2014, titled Can An Atheist Be a Republican? Not If Evidence Matters. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

It is no secret that the Republican Party is the American theocratic party. They always seem to vote Bible first and ignore not only their constituents but also scientific evidence and all reason.

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Amused

Lowell, MA

#1 Jun 19, 2014
The Republican Party is not monolithic. It is the home of the christian right, made up of fundamentalists and not a few would-be theocrats. This is the "social conservative" wing of the party. They are not the only demographic in the Republican Party, however.

The Republicans are also the home of the Ayn Rand inspired libertarians and free market supporters, who oppose any government assistance to the poor, any regulation of business, including minimum wage laws, environmental laws, laws promoting workplace safety, earned income credits, food stamps, etc. Tax breaks for the wealthy seem much more important to this group than stamping out immorality. The beliefs of this group, the "economic conservative" wing of the party are a lot harder to reconcile with the teachings of Christianity. Jesus seemed to be rather in favor of relieving the suffering of the poor, and paying your fair share of taxes. He seems less in favor of pursuit of wealth. Atheists, being free of the burden of trying to reconcile such positions with the teachings of Jesus, would be capable of being Republicans of this type, if they were inclined to conservatism.

Then there are the republicans who seem wildly in favor of war, anywhere and for any reason, like John McCain. This fascination with blowing things up and killing people also seems somewhat at odds with Jesus' teachings, although his dad seemed quite enthusiastic about having his chosen people engage in genocidal wars of conquest. If there are bloodthirsty atheists, again, such atheists would be able to espouse these positions without having to go through the mental contortions that a nominally christian war monger would have to adopt.

Atheism is a mere disbelief in the existence of deities. It is not inherently liberal, conservative, pacifist, warlike or otherwise specific to any political viewpoint, apart from being averse to theocracy. If someone tells you they are an atheist, you make assumptions about their politics or beliefs about economic theory at your peril.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#2 Jun 19, 2014


Now, if the British could only learn this simple lesson from the USA...
“..Under U.S. law, religious education is forbidden in public schools, except from a neutral, academic perspective.[16] For a teacher or school administration to endorse one religion is considered an infringement of the "establishment clause" of the First Amendment..”
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_educat...

Religion = superstition
Thinking

Beaminster, UK

#3 Jun 20, 2014
Having nationalised the CofE, our government has nearly run christianity into the ground.

Wouldn't try the same with islam though.
EdSed wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =HMkerqSnjVUXX
Now, if the British could only learn this simple lesson from the USA...
“..Under U.S. law, religious education is forbidden in public schools, except from a neutral, academic perspective.[16] For a teacher or school administration to endorse one religion is considered an infringement of the "establishment clause" of the First Amendment..”
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_educat...
Religion = superstition
CunningLinguist

Windermere, FL

#4 Jun 22, 2014
"peace on earth"?
Not as long as any religion exists.

“Sombrero Galaxy”

Since: Jan 10

I'm An Illegal Alien

#5 Jun 23, 2014
Amused wrote:
The Republican Party is not monolithic. It is the home of the christian right, made up of fundamentalists and not a few would-be theocrats. This is the "social conservative" wing of the party. They are not the only demographic in the Republican Party, however.
The Republicans are also the home of the Ayn Rand inspired libertarians and free market supporters, who oppose any government assistance to the poor, any regulation of business, including minimum wage laws, environmental laws, laws promoting workplace safety, earned income credits, food stamps, etc. Tax breaks for the wealthy seem much more important to this group than stamping out immorality. The beliefs of this group, the "economic conservative" wing of the party are a lot harder to reconcile with the teachings of Christianity. Jesus seemed to be rather in favor of relieving the suffering of the poor, and paying your fair share of taxes. He seems less in favor of pursuit of wealth. Atheists, being free of the burden of trying to reconcile such positions with the teachings of Jesus, would be capable of being Republicans of this type, if they were inclined to conservatism.
Then there are the republicans who seem wildly in favor of war, anywhere and for any reason, like John McCain. This fascination with blowing things up and killing people also seems somewhat at odds with Jesus' teachings, although his dad seemed quite enthusiastic about having his chosen people engage in genocidal wars of conquest. If there are bloodthirsty atheists, again, such atheists would be able to espouse these positions without having to go through the mental contortions that a nominally christian war monger would have to adopt.
Atheism is a mere disbelief in the existence of deities. It is not inherently liberal, conservative, pacifist, warlike or otherwise specific to any political viewpoint, apart from being averse to theocracy. If someone tells you they are an atheist, you make assumptions about their politics or beliefs about economic theory at your peril.
Excellent post. Athiests can be anybody from preachers of extreme greed like Ayn or someone who believes in he;ping out others. The republican party caters to the hypocritical religious nuts, those who believe that the government should do nothing to help the common man against big corporations but demand that the government stick their noses in people's private lives.

“Sombrero Galaxy”

Since: Jan 10

I'm An Illegal Alien

#6 Jun 23, 2014
Thinking wrote:
Having nationalised the CofE, our government has nearly run christianity into the ground.
Wouldn't try the same with islam though.
<quoted text>
Your government should get rid of it totally. In America, we are nt allowed to officially prefer one religion over the other.
Thinking

Beaminster, UK

#7 Jun 23, 2014
How's that going for you? In the UK, religion is only a minority hobby now.

https://humanism.org.uk/2014/06/17/british-so...
emperorjohn wrote:
<quoted text>
Your government should get rid of it totally. In America, we are nt allowed to officially prefer one religion over the other.

“Sombrero Galaxy”

Since: Jan 10

I'm An Illegal Alien

#8 Jun 24, 2014
Thinking wrote:
How's that going for you? In the UK, religion is only a minority hobby now.
https://humanism.org.uk/2014/06/17/british-so...
<quoted text>
The decline of religion brings delight to my eyes.

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