All this talk of the Democrats making us atheists feel unloved has made me wonder about the other side of the equation. What’s the deal with atheist Republicans? Here’s an article that talks about the reasons atheists probably aren’t attracted to the Republican party:
Should atheists vote for Republican candidates? There’s nothing inherently incompatible with being an atheist who is Republican or who votes Republican, so this question may seem rather strange. However, I think that there are practical issues which should make any atheist think twice before helping any Republicans, even moderates, take public office.
It is true that, on average, atheists tend to be more liberal than conservative, the rejection of traditional religious beliefs is likely to lead one to a rejection of other traditional assumptions and ideologies as well. Nevertheless, this doesn’t change the fact that there are plenty of conservative atheists as well; yet does one’s general conservative political philosophy justify voting for the Republican Party?
But as you can tell, that’s already pretty slanted. I wanted to find some actual honest to god (heh) atheist Republicans. And while I couldn’t find any Republican bloggers addressing the issue, I did find this forum thread that intelligently discussed the ideas behind being both a heathen and a Republican. Personally, I find it kinda rich that the party who lays claim to all the religious people is the one against more social programs to help the poor and unfortunate. Shouldn’t it be us heartless cold and logical atheists who believe Darwin demands we let the weak wither and die???