I’m kind of kicking myself right now, but I don’t remember where I saw this earlier, but when I tried to go back and look for it, I couldn’t figure it out. If I find it, I’ll drop a link in here, I promise. So anyhow, earlier today, I read a blog post, something along the lines that open atheists are more prevalent in more liberal societies, such that atheists clearly want to be part of more liberal societies.
I’m an atheist and I have no interest whatsoever in living in the kind of liberal society that we see in many western nations. I can’t stand liberalism, I find it absurd and abhorrent, I find many of the extremist liberals that we tend to see in atheism to be a joke. I find liberal ideas to be at the core of most of society’s problems and responsible for the slow but demonstrable slide of America into a socialist morass. And no, that’s nothing to be proud of.
Unfortunately, this is an idea that doesn’t seem to go over well with most atheists, even though studies have shown that upwards of 20% of atheists identify as secular conservatives as well. This isn’t a new revelation either, in fact it’s been at the center of my general disagreement of the atheist “movement”, as well as more than one argument with liberals who can’t quite get it through their head that every atheist out there isn’t a far-left booster. You know, for people who often claim to be rational and skeptical, I see very little of that among many political pundits in the atheist camp. In fact, I see the same kind of overt emotionalism that I see criticized among the religious on a daily basis. News flash, if having beliefs based on nothing but wishful thinking and emotional comfort is bad for religion, it isn’t any better for politics. Claiming to be skeptical and critical only works if you actually are skeptical and critical. You can’t say one thing and then do something entirely different, yet you see a lot of very vocal atheists dancing on top of their high horses, declaring that if you don’t share their ludicrously liberal views, you’re an enemy of atheism. It harkens back to the classic Richard Carrier post where he demands everyone abide by the Atheism+ mantra or be declared a C.H.U.D. Why are there people like this and why are they seen as leaders in the “atheist community”? They’re certainly nobody I’d ever want to represent or speak for me. This isn’t an old issue, it’s something I see again and again and again among atheists who can’t stop linking their “Social Justice Warrior” nonsense to their lack of belief in gods.
Can we please just get back to being atheists and get rid of any plusses? It is possible to be several different things at the same time, you know. You’re not stuck with a single label that you have to make mean a bunch of different things. You’re free to label yourself a variety of different things and advance different views in different venues. It doesn’t have to be a one-size fits all thing and you don’t have to refuse to deal with anyone that doesn’t fit into your little clique and check off all the same boxes as you. Finally, if you want to be a freethinker and a skeptic, you can’t just wear those hats and not follow their creeds. If we’re rejecting religion because it cannot be rationally justified, why aren’t you looking at your political views the same way? I know you’re not because I see it all the time. I see the exact same irrational, emotional nonsense with atheists as I do with theists. If we’re to be better than the religious, you actually have to do it, not just declare it.
Maybe if more atheists did that, there wouldn’t be nearly so many liberals carrying the non-religious flag.