Atheism, Conservatism, and the Republican Party...

I find myself in the not-so-comfortable position of being both and atheist and a small "c" conservative. Living in the American Midwest as I do, I can generally find a conservative pretty easily by looking both ways when crossing the street, but being a "conservative atheist" (were I to let the latter out) basically puts me in a precarious position: lumped in with the Christian right by the left, lumped in with the loony left by the right. Written off by both sides as being mutually incompatible. 

The problem as I see it is that loose associations tend to get blown out of proportion. Yes, I expect that someone who is of a more liberal mindset to be more open to atheism, but I fear that the atheist community as a monolithic unit has begun to self-identify as being liberal. And it is certainly portrayed that way by the Republicans; witness the reaction to Obama aides meeting with an atheist group in the White House.  

What I wonder, really, is how many other atheists out there feel caught in the gap between being an atheist and being a conservative?  How do you reconcile those two culturally-at-odds beliefs when working with either group? What strategies have you employed to keep the FUD factor at bay?

Thanks, 

Josh


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Hey! Who you callin atheist!?!
I agree; labeling doesn't work well, though I don't think I made that clear after a second read through.

I was using "Republicans" in the sense of the conservative side of the fence (despite how they act at times.) I don't think the US is going to have anything but a two-party government (at least for the foreseeable future) and so the best I can reasonably hope for is a transformation of the party. In order to do that, the Republicans need to shed their Republicans=Christian Right image and sadly I don't see that coming anytime soon, even if the tea party supplants a good portion of the Republicans' usual players.
Yeah, almost makes me want to utter a Joey-esque "How you doin', Nerd?"
Ok, here's mine for comparison.

Yes! we do exist! And now I have some independent proof (which is more than I can say for some "beings")! Yes, you can believe in us! LOL
I've always had the eerie feeling that many highly functional competitive right wing religious conservatives "say" they're religious but fundamentally have no value system at all other than accumulating riches...
Love that site. I took all of the surveys.

The one thing I noticed - look at the sample sizes, quite a difference!
Correction - Religious conservatives, thank you. We have now established that there are conservatives with more than one moral viewpoint ;-)
Fair enough...
Personally, I think its unfair that all conservatives are expected to be religious. When someone expresses the reasoning behind their opinions as being religious in nature, I really can't respect said opinions enough to hear the person out.
The problem as I see it is that loose associations tend to get blown out of proportion. Yes, I expect that someone who is of a more liberal mindset to be more open to atheism, but I fear that the atheist community as a monolithic unit has begun to self-identify as being liberal. And it is certainly portrayed that way by the Republicans; witness the reaction to Obama aides meeting with an atheist group in the White House.
On the other hand, the reaction could have a bit to do with the marriage of the Republican party to the church. I consistently get the impression that they hate us for rejecting Christianity in a predominately Christian country. Whether or not some of us might agree with them on certain policies doesn't seem to matter.

On a lighter note, I think I may have score "hippie" on the morality test.

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