As most of you know, an over-whelming amount of Atheist are liberal, very few are conservative. In-fact, I am the only conservative Atheist I know of! Now do not generalize me with Republicans, I am actually a Libertarian, but if I had to choose between the two political parties to identify myself with, I would choose Republicans. This has many initial problems (mostly with the strong Christian morals and ignorances that Conservatives surround them-selves with), but it is still not enough for me to identify my-self as a Liberal. There are just too many economic issues (and enough social issues) that keep me from that. But here is my main issue.
I am trying to attach my support for a single Republican Candidate. I know (for my-self) that President Obama does not have my vote, Hillary is not running (so I can not vote for her as I wanted to), and I was previously a great fan of Herman Cain, but he recently quite his bid for the presidency. So I am having some trouble identifying with any of the other candidates. They are all just too "God this" and "God that" and talking about shifting education responsibility to the local state level, which is just asking for the teaching of intelligent design. Also, not voting is never an option, because I find it my duty as an American to vote. And I am not going to "waste" my vote on Libertarian Candidate. I know that kind of reasoning is not exactly set in logic, but please let it be.
As an Atheist, I can not support some-one so religious, yet I am going to have to choose one of them. My main question is: What issues would you focus on when selecting a president, and what would your limit be on how religious-minded a presidential candidate is? Also, general commentary on the relationship between religiousness and conservatism vs. liberalism would also be welcomed. And, if you had to choose a Republican Candidate, who would you choose and why?
Thank-you all for such insightful responses. I have been off this site for a while because of family issues, but I appreciate all of your input, it was helpful (I was more expecting a-lot of "I love Obama" bable, thank-you guys for dis-proving my expectations!). I am closer to choosing between either Rommney or Paul, but since the race will probably come down to Rommney and Gringrich, I will probably have to default with Rommney. Being a more Conservative-minded Atheist is like stabbing my logicaly-minded self, but for me it must be done. Thank-you all for making it easier. :)
Well, you can add me to list of conservative atheists you know, and luckily there is at least one other here at my office that I can talk to!