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It's popular to imagine that atheists all share common views on various political issues. Since this assumption is frequent with those who think the same thing about all 'true' Christians, perhaps this is not a surprise - but it's still wrong. The only thing all atheists share in common is an absence of belief in the existence of gods. Beyond that, atheists may hold any position on any political issue, and in fact atheists often disagree strongly in political debates.

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March 20, 2009 at 7:39 pm
(1) Andrew says:

Great article.
I found that some of my views did change when I left Christianity, but most remained the same.
Honestly though, I have never gotten any hostility when I revealed myself to be an Atheist on conservative sites.
The results are much more mixed on Atheist sites when people learn I am a conservative, this is one of the more friendly ones. Sometimes I just get a tirade of obscenities until I stop going to the site.

March 21, 2009 at 1:59 am
(2) Zayla says:

I’m sure there is a wide range of political ideologies among atheists. I’ve always considered myself in the middle, leaning toward the left, but after 8 years of George Bush I feel like running so far to my left I’m going to fall off a cliff.

Then, all I have to do is listen to Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Savage or that bag of hot air, Rush Limbaugh, then I have no problem jumping off said cliff (Hannity, IMHO, is by FAR the worst).

It’s gotten to the point if my laundry isn’t done I assume it’s the fault of the “liberal, left, socialist, media”. All I kept hearing during the campaign is how the Democrats were going to steal all the rich people’s money.

I’m no political expert, but it sure seems like, between the banking, auto, financial and CEO bonus payments that the poor people are paying the rich people.

How come I STILL keep hearing about Obama and the “liberal, socialist Democrats” taking their money? Obama has been in office for 2 months, Bush for 8 years, and this is all Obama’s fault? Huh?

I guess I’ve tipped my political hand.

Sorry, just too many asshole republicans.

March 21, 2009 at 11:47 am
(3) deegee says:

Zayla, you put it well. I can’t watch Hannity or Bill O’Reilly at all. Mike Huckabee has a show, too, which is okay until he starts in with his right-wing social views. He often has some good music at the end of his show.

One reason the Republicans have gone so far to the right is that the few moderates in the party over the years have been excised one way or the other. Senator Jeffords switched parties in 2001. Congresswoman Connie Morella lost out in 2002. Congressman Chris Shays lost in 2008. Senator Lincoln Chafee lost in 2006. Senator Arlen Specter is always being threatened with a primary because he is too “liberal” for a Republican. We never see anyone but southerners in leadership positions any more.

It will take further electoral losses for the Republicans until they finally figure out that they have to *moderate* their views to attract…….MODERATES!

April 9, 2012 at 1:40 am
(4) Eric O says:

I’ve gone from being a (quasi) communist in high school to a libertarian during my early twenties, and now I think I’d probably consider myself a social democrat. At all of these points in my life, I was an atheist. I wasn’t what I’d consider to be a critical thinker during my communist and libertarian stages – I was more of a contrarian – but at no point did religion or god influence my political views.

I’m actually kind of glad that I had silly political beliefs for a few years. It reminds me not to get too smug about my atheism. There’s a temptation among some atheists, myself included, to see oneself as inherently rational and logical just because we’ve figured out that there’s no magic man in the sky. Just as many religious people claim that god supports their political views (they’re godly people, they hold political view X, therefore god supports political view X), many atheists seem to hold the same fallacious reasoning (they’re reasonable people, they hold political view Y, therefore reason supports political view Y).

Just a quick recommendation to any atheist who gets in an argument: don’t call your opponent’s position irrational or claim that your position is rational unless you’re prepared to demonstrate it. You cheapen words like “reason” and “logic” when you keep using them without adhering to them.

(Sorry for the rant – is it obvious that I recently had a very frustrating argument with a fellow atheist?)

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