S.E. Cupp states the case for atheists joining the conservative ranks.
S.E. CUPP: I don’t know, I don’t believe in God but I’m not mad at him.
I became an atheist because I’m not a joiner, I didn’t want to be part of a club or a group.
It seems like there is this idea perpetuated by atheists that atheists are somehow disenfranchised or left out of the political process and I just don’t find that to be the case.
I think in fact atheists have grown more vocal over the past decade or two than ever before.
In fact in many ways atheists act like a religious body unto themselves.
There’s another myth that conservatism is somehow hostile to atheism. I also don’t find that to be the case. I’m a conservative atheist, I’ve felt very welcomed by this party.
In fact I’d go so far as to say conservatism is far more intellectually honest and respectful of atheism than liberalism has been.
For conservatives, atheism is something that is tolerated, respected, we appreciate an intellectual diversity.
Most conservative atheists I know, including myself, have a really healthy respect for the role of religion in society and in this country in particular.
In contrast on the left it seems as though there is this knee-jerk embrace of what is more like a militant hostility, a reaction against intellectual diversity.
It’s exclusionary. Bill Maher thinks 95% of the world has a neurological disorder.
I don’t think you’d find that on the right, and for that reason I’ll say it, I think our atheists are better than yours.
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