Atheists can't be Republicans

Oct 27, 2013 Full story: Ukiah Blog Live

We atheists like to chastise the religious for their child-like belief in an imaginary friend, but, equally, the time has come for the atheist movement to grow up.

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#1 Oct 28, 2013
Atheism is merely a lack of belief in a deity. The other sentiments/beliefs/philosophy that the author attributes to atheists as a group may well be widely held among atheists, but are separate from atheism, and do not follow necessarily from atheism.

Linking atheism with liberal/left politics is likely to be harmful to both atheism and liberal/left politics. In both cases, it limits the persons likely to be attracted to the cause. Atheism is compatible with conservatism, as Ayn Rand so vividly shows. Indeed, when one looks at the dissonance between christian teachings about helping the poor and downtrodden and conservative positions, one wonders how one could be simultaneously republican and christian without having one's head explode. The sermon on the mount and the Paul Ryan budget would seem, at least philosophically, to be mutually exclusive documents.

Going back through the Civil Rights struggles and the anti-war movement, there has always been a christian component as well as an unbeliever component to the left/liberal politics. Over-identifying liberal/left politics as 'atheist' is likely to drive the christian component away.

Separation of church and state works best if it includes separation of unchurched and state.

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#2 Oct 28, 2013
Atheists can be anything they wanna be save theists.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#3 Nov 24, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
Atheists can be anything they wanna be save theists.
Pretty much,.. yep.

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