I’m rarely ever curious as to what people think of me as an atheist or a conservative or how a conservative can actually be an atheist. I mean, all we’re talking about is a disbelief in god(s) and I’ve never understood how any other ideology had anything to do with that. But for some, it seems to be a worthy of discussion.
I watched a short video today, that one of the topics was indeed just that. What I found fascinating was watching 2 liberals talking about conservatives as atheists and it was actually enlightening for me to see people discussing others that it appeared to me, had probably never actually had a conversation with an atheist that was a conservative.
That’s okay, and sort of expected but there was a bit of what I thought of as condescension and that instead of discussing people was more like they were discussing another species.
Let’s be honest here, it doesn’t matter what any conservative atheist has to say, in the opinion of especially these 2, it is wrong. They make assumptions on what a conservative atheist thinks or believes based on what? Well, most conservatives they’ve met or read about are religious so it goes without saying that a conservative atheist would hold the same ideology.
It really made me think for a few minutes if either of these gentlemen had really ever held a lengthy conversation with anyone who doesn’t automatically think the same way they do about anything.
Conservative atheists, in the U.S., live in a world where 90% of fellow non-believers are liberal and it’s not difficult to find a blog, or a podcast, or a YouTube channel that tows that particular ideological stance. We, as conservatives and atheists, are more difficult to find (we do exist!) and therefore without having the same voice as others, are often misrepresented.
I think that these 2 would be surprised, if they made an effort, to find perfectly rational and reason conservative atheists are out here and that none of us are troglodytes. Then again, that would disabuse the narrative and as I’ve discovered over the years, wouldn’t be allowed to happen.