I’ve been thinking more about the post I wrote recently about being a conservative and an atheist and how many atheists just don’t believe we can exist, or if we do, we need to be educated on the finer points of culture, politics, and society to become an effective atheist.
I don’t know what the goal is, other than to ensure that all atheists think alike. I don’t think we do, even those that are on the other side (I’ve seen that terminology used quite a bit when referring to conservatives) of any political or social divide. What we do have in common is atheism, and every conservative I know is interested in retaining the wall of separation between church and state.
Even liberals (or progressives, I’m not sure what appellation to use anymore) don’t always agree on every aspect of the social or political landscape, yet they feel compelled to educate we lesser plebeians on morality and ethics. I called it in the other post condescending, but what it really is, is arrogance.
For example, the nomination, and confirmation, of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will not be the earth-shattering event that many liberal/progressive atheists and atheist organizations would like any of u to believe. The wall of separation will not suddenly fall, we will not see school prayer the following week, Roe v. Wade will not automatically become null and void. But to listen to some, it is the end of the world, like when the Supreme Court affirmed same sex marriage: my Christian friends thought that was the end of our society. We’re still here.
As an atheist, therefore a skeptic (they are not always synonymous ), I am not so jaded by the daily fear mongering that we all see online. What we are viewing is an emotional response, not something reasoned based on any factual data gathered. But then, to be perfectly honest, most conservatives atheists I know view the other side (there’s those words again) as being driven entirely by feeling and not reason.
I’m not in the least bit angry, but I am tired of being bombarded, almost daily, with the nonsense I see from some that are the so-called smart people of atheism. Their opinion on any topic is no more valid than mine. Instead of just believing what we are told we should believe, or think (sound familiar to anyone?) maybe we should start thinking for ourselves and reject those who have an agenda that is harmful.