Hello.

 

Let me start by saying that I am not from the US, but as I know most of the readers of this (great) site are from there, I am going to write it as if I were from the US of A.

 

Now, why is it that the prejudice stands at thinking of atheists as democrats? Why is it that conservatives are only thought of as being Bible-belt, Jesus-loving, creationist simpletons?

 

I consider myself a libertarian atheist. In all things "social" I would indeed be closer to democrats' views... but in all economic/political views, I am much closer to conservative views. Let's see: I am pro-choice (re. abortion) but also pro-gun carrying; I am pro-evolution and anti-religion, but also Obama-bashing (there, I said it... regardless of color, he is simply, plain useless); I am for small government and anti-terrorism, but I am also anti-death penalty. I admire Reagan and Lincoln and think Carter and Obama are the worst presidents in the last 100 years in the US... yet I am an atheist.

 

I wonder if I am alone out there... anyone with similar world views?

 

Thanks for reading!

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Tags: abortion, atheist, conservative, democrat, guns, libertarian

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 9, 2011 at 7:35am
Let me rephrase my question then.  Why is it important to you that I acknowledge global warming as a fact?
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 9, 2011 at 10:04am

I'll just assume that your link provides valid proof that there was no scientific consensus on global cooling in the 70's - that isn't how it was presented at the time though.  Either way, it still doesn't change my opinion that we are polluting our planet and poisoning our environment, and neither does global warming.

Comment by Ryan E. Hoffman on March 9, 2011 at 1:47pm

So? I admire Reagan for the good he did, which obviously overcame his shortfalls. It's manicheist to only look at the bad (as it is looking at the good, of course)... so if you excuse me, I will still call myself libertarian... and still admire The Gipper.

Shortfall... you do realize that his AIDS denialism resulted in the deaths of millions of people, right? That's a shortfall to you?

 

You do realize that by allowing major corporations to dictate government policy he began the annihilation of the free market, which is a staple of the Libertarian ideology, right?

You do realize he raised taxes on Social Security, right?

There is NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING, Reagan could have done to offset all the heinous decisions he made as a president in relation to Libertarian viewpoints. So please do not call yourself a Libertarian and then say you admire Reagan. He was a neocon and an authoritarian. They are mutually exclusive and you will only make yourself and the rest of us look silly by declaring such a thing.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/?p=2030 

 

Just a question: what are your sources or your inspirations for calling yourself a Libertarian?

Comment by Shine on March 9, 2011 at 3:02pm
Alejandro, I appreciate that you did not intend for this discussion to be about Obama. However, I do not think that I am guilty of a thread derailment given your inclusion of provocative statements about the president in the original post. (I'm honestly still puzzling over why his color would factor into his utility.)

In regards to your list of criticisms, I only see a list of generalities and platitudes. I don't see any specific incidents that inform me why Obama is so greatly different from past presidents.

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