Monday, September 27, 2010
I classify myself as a libertarian, although I don't necessarily agree with every plank of the Libertarian Party platform . I believe in fiscal conservatism but not social conservatism. I think smaller government, lower taxes, and fewer regulations are desirable.
I have discovered that I am not alone. Here are some notable non-believers whose political views are quite similar to mine:
Here are some conservative atheist groups on the internet:
Atheist and Agnostic Pro-Life League
The Atheist Conservative
The Secular Right
The Conservative Humanist Association
The Secular Conservative
Here is an excellent article by Heather McDonald, entitled, "Not all conservatives have a direct line to God, and they don't want one, either," in The Chicago Sun-Times of September 3, 2006. She argues that one does not need to believe in God in order to believe in conservative values and in reality the marriage between religion and conservatism , as exemplified by the religious right, is destructive to conservative values.
So, if you are a political liberal, I respect your views but please don't make those views a test of "atheist orthodoxy." There is room for us to disagree on political matters while agreeing that there is no reason to believe in god(s).