Why Atheists Can't Be Republicans

CJ Werleman's just published  Atheists Can't Be Republicans.

That atheists are secularists is one reason why atheists can’t be member of today’s Republican Party.

The Grand Old Party (GOP) is ... a theocratic sponsor,...

Atheists can’t be Republicans because the economic and social policies of the Republican Party have been proven abjectly false and dangerous. Much in the same way religion is false and dangerous. In other words, atheists who cling onto modern U.S. conservative ideology are hanging onto ideas that have either been proven mythical at worse or remain unproven at best. If atheists applied the same litmus test to their political ideology as they do to theology, then clearly an atheist cannot be a Republican.

Atheists are the fastest growing minority in the country. We now have the critical mass to shape elections and policy. Were atheists able to establish a monolithic political demographic, one that is based on proven economic and social policies, then our potential political power would translate into saving this country from the clutches of the American Taliban and Wall Street.

On the other hand, the author also says,

... I have come in contact with as many idiot atheists as I have with idiot Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

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Paul Ryan, the Repub with a budget, has seemed able to keep Rand's Objectivism and his own Catholicism in compartments distant from each other.

Even last year when some Papal criticism came his way, he managed to look calm, cool and collected.

Days ago in a committee hearing shown on C=SAN, he threw a near-tantrum at a witness. Might he be cracking up?

If you are FOR:

Women's rights. 

LGBT rights. (Marriage equality and civil rights).

Science over superstition.

Affordable education.

Tax reform.  (Equitable taxes)

Labor rights.  (Fair living wage).

Healthcare rights for all.

Then YOU can't honestly be a Republican.

Well said Gene. The one I really don't get is the Republican insistence on their purported belief in individual rights, yet their desire to deny the same for others who don't act or think like them. Your first 3 examples typify this. Keep women at lower wages for the same work, demonize LGBTs, and work toward the creation of a Christian theocracy. Some freedom!!!

That's a result of the split between the Libertarian small-government Repubs and the Xian big-government Repubs.

Paraphrasing, a party that divided will not stand.

That is well stated.  The lights go off like a pin-ball machine with a big win.    I would like to add environmental responsibility.  And voter's rights.  And civil rights.

Gene, a great overview! Thanks. 

I've met a couple hard core conservatives who claim to be atheists. It's funny, because you can see how conflicted they are about their lack of ability to accept that gods exist, simply because it puts them squarely in a camp brimming with liberals. They are Uncle Tom atheists, and routinely stick up for the religious, just to spite the surrounding liberals that they so despise.

Reading the black conservatives Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele, gave me more of an appreciation of conservative viewpoints. 

I doubt either of them are religious.  They certainly are not fundamentalist Christians

“There are homosexuals in the world, and they should not be excluded based on their sexuality. I draw the line at marriage.” - Shelby Steele

Can you think of a legitimate secular reason to make this statement? I can't, but I can think of many illegitimate religious reasons to make such an ignorant, discrimatory and intolerant statement.

I don't know Shelby Steele's views on that kind of issue.  There's a good deal of truth in what he says on the subject of race.

No, saying that about gay people does not imply he's religious. 

So far as I'm concerned if gay people want to marry that's fine.  Trying to prevent gay marriage is like trying to force gay men to fit the stereotype. 

But then, there are atheists who are opposed to marijuana legalization and in favor of laws against consensual crimes in general - which seems to me a position that's associated with theism.  It's the idea that consensual behavior is somehow the concern of other people. 

People who don't believe in God don't suddenly drop all religiously influenced ideas.

I've been searching for a long, long time for the person who can succinctly give the respectable, non-religiously affiliated reasoning for not supporting same sex marriage. I'm convinced that that justification is as elusive as god herself. In this country, considering everything that there is in the secular world that depends on a marriage certificate, and how population growth is surpassing available resources - not supporting same sex marriage is the same as openly supporting discrimination. If you have the answer, I'd love to hear it.

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