I have to be honest, not just with myself but my readers as well. If you read here long enough you realize I’m a conservative. But insead of being some evangelical, I’m an atheist. How is that possible? How can someone claiming to be a conservtive, you know one of those nasty, ill informed people, actually be an atheist? Why are you claiming to be something you cannot possibly be?
It’s simple. Atheism has nothing to do with anyones political ideology, if it did, there’s be a lot fewer atheaists than have ever been polled. Most of you claim to be “liberal” but then , some of you are explicitly not liberal. In fact, if anything, some have become authoritarian to the point where they will not accept any disagreement. So, in my view. from a conservative platform, are those people really atheists as well?
Of course they are and my point is that we are very diverse and we should celebrate that fact. But there are those atheists that would deny me, and you, the opportunity to say what they think on any issue. Have an issue with transgender “rights”? You’re a bigot even if you have a competent agrument. How about policies that create more jobs? Well, if their not “green” jobs they’re just the same old thing that will eventually kill all of us.
We can’t seem to disagree about anything and from what I’ve seen it has nothing to do with conservatism or liberalism. We atheists like to pretend we’re different from the general populayion but in fact we aren’t. Many want to claim being people of reason and rationality until out sacred beliefs are challenged. What does that make us? Christians often say we’re no more than another religion. Are we? I don’t think so, but sometimes, just ocassioanlly, I find people who are atheists that would make me believe they are nothing more than another religious faction.
I like having discussions withother atheists, even if we happen to disagree on the topic. We have a chance to learn from each others experience and possibly correct some long hed ideas that aren’t valid. We cn all talk to each other if we place aside the acrimony. It’s not that difficult and the sooner we start making the ateempt, the sooner we might be viewed less the enemy by non-atheists and discover that we have allies from all walks of life.
We don’t have to accept religion to do this, maybe be a little less the bully when it comes to confronting those that don’t share our view on religion, or anything else we may hold as a belief. We need to get over ourselves before we can ask others to do the same.