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Published on Jul 8, 2014

Why atheists CAN'T BE Republicans

Hemant Mehta (http://www.friendlyatheist.com, http://www.patreon.com/Hemant)



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CJ Werleman just wrote a book called "Atheists Can't Be Republicans." His thesis is: Atheists can't be Republicans.

His argument is essentially this: We know when it comes to religion, there's no question. Republican want nothing to do with us. We know that.

But what about social issues like gay marriage and abortion rights? If you support civil rights and women's rights, as pretty much all vocal atheists do, then you're not going to vote Republican either. They almost uniformly reject those things.

But what about on economic issues? Well, even there, the GOP has been awful. They help the rich get richer with unnecessary tax cuts, they oppose minimum wage hikes, trickle-down economics doesn't work. So even from a purely numbers-based, rational approach, you shouldn't support them.

What about on gun issues? Yes, they support the Second Amendment, but to what extent? They want virtually no regulations and that's crazy. Even if you love your guns, surely you support common sense safety laws, no? Not if you're the GOP.

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All that said, we've seen Republican atheists. Edwina Rogers, the former leader of the SCA, worked with a number of conservative Christian Republicans. She was a Republican and used that label.

Dave Silverman of American Atheists tried to go to CPAC, the super-conservative convention, because he wanted to reach out to conservative atheists.

S.E. Cupp is a conservative atheist, even if she says she wishes she could believe in God.

So yes, atheists can be Republican... but why would you wanna be? In this political climate? With these Republicans? Even if you support some of their positions, you should be ashamed of yourself if you're voting them into office. If your atheism means anything to you, it makes no sense. You are hurting Humanism and skepticism and church/state separation and all things good and unholy by voting for a Republican.

And I'm not saying you have to vote for a Democrat. Go ahead. Vote for a third party candidate... if you think that'll help.

But in nearly every instance in today's political climate, voting for a Republican candidate, whoever it is, means giving more power to a party that is anti-gay, anti-poor, anti-science, anti-women, and anti-YOU if you're an atheist.



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