Atheist Republicans

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???

Comments (28)

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    Reverend CLint

    You’d think the Jesusheads would follow his example and help the sick and needy.

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    Gary T.

    It is estimated that 4% of Americans are atheists and 3% of atheists are Republicans. So, we are a very small group. I am an Atheist Republican. I’ve only found maybe a dozen others online. Hmmm.

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    Bill

    Gary T – I don’t know where you got your numbers. I got mine from an atheist web site: Over 10% of Americans are atheists, based on a 2000 census count. I was an atheist Republican recently to vote for Ron Paul in the Arizona primary, then switched to Libertarian. I’ve been an atheist since 1966 when I was 7 years old. I’ve been a staunch capitalist since my late teens. It’s embarrasing to be assumed a Bible thumper when you tell someone in the Republican Party that you are a capitalist who is for a strong defense. It’s also an insult to be told by the opposition that you are a Bible thumper automatically because you believe in individual responsibility.

    I admire Europeans for one thing only: They tend to be far less religious and far less prude than Americans.

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    Gary T.

    CIA World Factbook (2008). Only 4% of Americans are actual atheists, the rest of those without a religion are agnostics, skeptics, etc.
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

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    John2

    I know this article is quite old, but I was doing a search to see if people like me exist. I am an atheist republican also! so if anyone else stumbles to this blog—ur not alone.

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    Marlene

    I am an atheist republican. To me, I made an analytical decision to be an atheist when I was very young. I made an analytical decision to be a republican as well. I believe in personal responsibility (no god is required to forgive me for anything, nor be expected to provide for me anything I can’t provide for myself). I support the existence of our government, but I don’t support anyone claiming the right to control/force my “charitable” contributions. I can do that just fine on my own. I wouldn’t choose to support someone perfectly capable of working, but who chooses not to because there is a bleeding heart liberal around the corner who is happy to take what I have earned and give it to them.

    The direction the world is heading right now frightens me – science fiction books have captured the trends we are seeing now. I think every politician should read Atlas Shrugged before making a vote that undermines those in the country who actually do the producing.

    And that book also makes it seem quite logical that republicans would be atheist. I don’t understand why it seems to be primarily otherwise and it sure makes it tough to figure out how to vote with some of these vocal idiots trying to control social and religious aspects of someone else’s life.
    Marlene

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    lalo

    These being an atheist republican is akin to being a nazi jew.

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    lalo

    I meant to say “these days being a atheist republican…”

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    Andrew

    Also an Atheist Republican. There are more of us than you think. Many may not be registered Republicans but they vote that way anyhow. Being for smaller government, a strong defense, and the 2nd Amendment doesn’t require a belief in god.

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    David

    I am a self proclaimed atheis and a self proclaimed republican. Liberals irritate me. nothing is or should be free to those who do not work for it. i cant see myself not being atheist or republican. though i am quite liberal on the no god aspects and gay rights. another good bok to read besides atlas shrugged which focused mainly on society and politics is mark twains “letters from the earth” a book about lucifer and his views on mankind and their beliefs

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    hangeemofo

    I am an atheist republican only because republicans annoy me (with al the god talk), but democrats scare me (by running us through the meat grinder of socialism). I can’t wait for the first viable libratarian candidate.

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    hangeemofo

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    vakrys

    Another Athiest Republican. Granted, I’m more of libertarian but until you can register that way and get someone elected, I’ll have to stick to being a registered Republican. At this point in my life (43) I have to pick what issues are most important to me. I admit it used to be AIDS when I was in college, hence my Democrat-voting years. Then 9/11 happened and it turned to homeland security. Now with the economy, it’s a bloated government that spends more money they don’t have than I do (and I’m a self-confessed shopoholic). I would love to join a club with everyone on this list because I do feel quite alone in my beliefs these days. All the people that laugh with me at our current government try to drag me to church, and that just ticks me off! I, too, think it makes more sense for Republicans to be athiest or agnostic and not bible thumpers. Perhaps I should search for a an online mailing list of athiest Republicans just so I’ll have some folks to bitch with when the dichotomy gets to be too much! I just did a blog post about how health care is not a right (I searched and searched and couldn’t find it in the Constitution) and it just frustrates me how some liberals think. This culture of entitlement we have here has got to stop or nothing will ever get done! Read more at http://www.krysteria66.blogspot.com and get in touch if you want to start up a group! I don’t feel quite so alone now!

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    Simon

    Here in the UK I don’t think there is very much of a correlation between right wing politics and theism. In fact I think David Cameron has a couple of atheists in his cabinet. The Conservative Humanist Association was launched recently as well. I think it’s pretty much the same in France and most of the northern European countries. Left wing/Right wing tends to be more about economics than social policy and personal morality, which is generally regarded as a private affair, with a few exceptions.

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    Mike

    Its not that we dont want to help the poor and needy, i’ts that a lot of us like the choice to give to the needy. Not being forced to give to them.

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    Franklin

    I am an atheist republican. However, just because I don’t believe in a god doesn’t mean that I’m not disgusted by homosexuality and women ripping babies from their wombs. I’m more conservative than most bible thumpers, but I just don’t believe in a god.

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    Mary

    I am an atheist sort-of republican. I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I am ok with women ripping babies from their wombs, for example, as long as it’s not required that I rip my baby from my womb. I am also ok with homosexual sex, as long as I am not required to participate. BUT, I also do not believe in taking money from the producers and forking it over to the nonproducers in this country. I am ok with a so-called safely net, but you have to monitor something like that VERY carefully.

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    Happyfrenchman

    I am an Atheist ex Republican. To me. Republican policies make no sense if you take out god. If you want to save money, and spend less on social welfare programs, you would fund abortion. Fund it.

    That is just one example. Another would be if people really had to save for their own retirement without Social Security, what kind of a dent would that make in discretionary spending on the very things that drive our economy. It is moronic and shortsighted. They are driven by superstition and fable. Another example…Health care… the government is already paying for all these indigent people and uninsurable people. Why not make everyone pay? They were basically subsidizing the Insurance companies by allowing them to cherry pick. Who cannot see that? I think they have very little respect for their constituency and their constituency apparently deserves it. Very little intellectual respect. I think when they got in bed with the christian right, that was my cue to get off the bus. Because I am for all the conservative things… I am for guns, I like a balanced budget. I am pro military. I really do not like the feel of todays GOP. I feel voting for the Dems is the more “conservative” thing to do if you look at it rationally. And I am not “scared” of them like some girly man up there said. Nobody likes having to pay for the poor and the indigent. But what is the alternative. I think they know that churches thrive in poverty and despair, and their policies are designed to boost churchgoing. That is the only way it makes sense.

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    Alex

    If you:

    -don’t want to pay ever-higher taxes for ever-bigger government;

    -don’t want the government taking over private-sector businesses, like hospitals and the insurance industry;

    -don’t want to see homosexuality “normalized” and presented to your children as an acceptable option for their own lives;

    -don’t want street drugs to be legalized;

    -don’t think criminals should be let go with a slap on the hand;

    -believe that people have a right to their feelings and opinions and that only the criminal elements, not the emotional elements, of so-called “hate crimes” are punishable under the First Amendment

    then you have good reason to be a Republican, whether you believe in deities or not.

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    gotterdammerung

    Atheist Republicans = Amoral, intolerant and ignorant white fascists.

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    Tony

    Well i am a christian conservative, its one of the main reasons i joined the republican qarty but thats not all the republican party is about but also about defending freedoms in american,patriotism, support for our troops and kee american strong and free,i all right with helping the poor but you cant force us to help ppl who dont want to work and want everything from the goverment, the bible clearly says ”he who does not work, shall not eat”

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    The Andoman

    I’m Atheist, have been for most of my life, and a registered Republican (member of the Republican Liberty Caucus). I’m more a constitutionalist (small federal government, more decisions and taxation made at state and local level).

    Am currently thinking about changing party, far too many religious whackjobs at forefront of GOP for my liking.

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    Rick

    Atheist Republican here… Atheists should have more in common with free market capitalist Republicans over social wealfare democrats purely on a darwinian view of survival of the fittest through competition. Yes the Republican Party is hijacked by social evangelicals, but overlooking this fact atheists should be working within the GOP to counter balance this.

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    Linda

    I’m an atheist and a Republican. There are more of us than you might think.

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    Bob

    I’m not quite a libertarian, but I come close, more of an old yankee Republican. I’m generally socially liberal, but I love guns, and capitalism, and small, sensible government, and frugal spending habits. Despite being an Atheist I act like my Puritan ancestors, I identify with Hank Hill quite a bit, personality and morality wise. Democrats are really not as inviting to Atheists as people seem to think, they still believe you should never be president! I remember in a 2008 Dem primary debate, Clinton, Edwards, and Obama fighting over who prayed more each day (I believe all claimed twice a day), I’ve never heard my former Congressman Rob Simmons prattle on that way.

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    Eddie Hahn

    This is facinating discussion. Here’s a different angle. Unlike most of the writers here, I deconverted from Christianity very late in life (a couple years ago after a philosophy course), (rather than being a skeptic at a younger age.) I was also a Republican, as the two did seem to go hand-in-hand. Excellent points regarding social welfare and the size of the government. I suppose one has to balance the scales concerning issue importance. The libertarian paty will never gain a foothold in this country. In terms of the current executive candidacy, Paul “seemed” palatable, despite a few of my indifferences with him. Do we vote to send a message? A friend suggested (Paul) is running to get his name out there so his son (Rand) can give it a go in 2016.

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