I meant to write and post this over the past weekend, but, as we all know, “life happens”. I didn’t get to it. So here goes. This is not meant to be a political blog, but since I’ve titled it “Conservative Skeptic”, I thought I should get this out of the way on the first post.
I often receive questions from my fellow atheists and skeptics on why, or even better, how I am able to identify as a conservative. It’s actually pretty easy.
I’ve never let my being a conservative define me as a person. All being a conservative means for me is that I want government to be smaller, and in being so, become more responsive to the people that actually pay for government.
Where the conservative movement (I hate using that word, but it’s all I can come up with at the moment) became what it is known for today, in my memory, was the beginning of the “Reagan Revolution” during the election of 1980. During that time, a group of self-proclaimed “conservatives” arose: “The Christian Coalition” that hated, yes, “hated” the direction this country was going so much that they spent not only money, but their sweat equity as well to get those Democrats and Republicans (mostly Republicans), elected to office that spoke to the same social agenda. These are the religious right. They have basically hijacked conservative ideology over the past thirty-plus years to try and introduce into our secular society, all those ideals that they believe in. And, as we’ve all seen, they have in some states.
I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people that have left their religion, in whatever form and suddenly became, I guess, “liberal”. Does that mean that they had no compassion for their fellow humans before that? Was their humanity before tied to their religion? Sometimes it seems like that to me. Not in all cases, but there are definitely some people that I know that gave up their religious roots for reason and now disdain anyone that calls themselves a “conservative”.
What I’ve discovered is that there are few real differences between the so-called “Liberals” and true “Conservatives”. Everyone that I have come into contact either through our radio show CGIPC or through twitter or my commenting on other blogs, is that most of us are willing to listen to each other. We are skeptics and as long as we can present a reasoned argument that is evidence-based, then the other person is willing to listen, to debate, and maybe modify their thinking. I know I am.
The name of this site is “Skeptic Schism”. When Renee put this together she chose that name because it came mean many things at the same time. We really need to throw out our other “ism’s” when discussing any issue and debate strictly on evidence. That’s what I hope to accomplish here, with your help.