Atheist Conservatives? Analyses from failed PhD students….

 

Which mouse is the Atheist?

Which mouse is the Atheist?

Imagine my dismay at reading some dipshit journalist’s ramblings about how atheists are conservative on foreign policy because they hate religion. Yes, those meanie haters. The atheists. The new ones, you know. Christopher Hitchens, and, you know. Someone else, probably. Maybe Dick Cheney. What a fucking load of horseshit. First, before you make a stupid flowery argument about a class of people based on one person (the fat, ugly, fascist Hitchens), you might want to make some investigation as to whether your claims have any foundation in the real world. Other than Hitchens, none of the prominent atheists are warmongers. Are atheists wanting to round up Moslems (and, of course, Christians, Jews, and Hindus!!), and kill them? Are Atheists the cheerleaders supporting bombing Iran? Are the ungodly in favor of aggressive warfare in the middle East? Do atheists support for harsh dictatorships throughout the world? Fuck Fucking NO!!!

Atheists are the most liberal and tolerant belief group one can find on any measure of domestic or foreign policy support. Yes, there are a few fascist atheists like Hitchens and Cheney. We apologize. Relationships are stochastic. That’s ok. People who can’t get that never make it out of graduate school….

What is disturbing about this piece by Wright (a journalist with no advanced degree despite several stints in graduate school) is that it reeks of that sanctimonious pro-religious crap that is popular in the “spirituality” crowds and from people funded by Templeton. Atheists are warmongers. And, while he apparently didn’t pass his prelims in either philosophy or psychology, Wright is telling us that it is an expectation of evolutionary theory that atheists will behave badly in groups, because they’ll be mean to the naturally religious folk. Yeah. And those religious folk, how do they treat people? In contrast to Wright’s caricaturization, atheists are MORE likely than people with religious beliefs to acknowledge the structural antecedents for conflict and deprivation. And, because of that, they are also MORE likely to support the rights of minorities to practice their religions with respect and dignity. Religious people try to impose their religion on other subgroups, and they target non-believers for discrimination, persecution, and genocide and stuff….

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2 Responses to “Atheist Conservatives? Analyses from failed PhD students….”

  1. christopherwalker Says:

    This is an interesting post.

    We also cannot forget that ultra-conservative or fundamentalist religious groups often view their worldview and way-of-life as having been sanctioned by God and perceive of it as being under attack.

    This has a set of geo-political implications ranging from a disparate view of foreign relations with other groups to war mandates (like in the case of George Bush’s “war of ideals” and for “hearts and minds”).

    Many of the atheists that I know have far more stringent sets of morals and – as you noted, are far more tolerant than the uber-religious in my life.

    They often turn away from religion because of the hypocrisy of “believers.” We often hear from them the argument that “more people have been killed in the name of God than for any other purpose.” Although simplistic, it’s compelling and thought-evoking, to say the least.

  2. sherkat Says:

    What we’re seeing right now is a bombardment of anti-atheist crap produced by journalist-whores funded by Templeton and other far right wing foundations. The one I link to was the third such screed this week, notably two of them were targeting “alternative” media outlets like Huffpo and Alternet. It’s a war of ideals to denigrate the infidels and make certain that the Taliban reigns supreme. After all, you can’t be moral, good, or worthwhile unless you believe in some big bad ass gods ready to throw down some whoop ass and torture people throughout eternity….

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