I'm happy to have found this group, but I must say was a bit saddened to see that so few people had joined. What is it about having conservative political leanings that is so seemingly taboo among the atheist crowd? Or perhaps the better question is, why do conservative atheists seem to be ostracized by the liberal atheist crowd?
I wish I could find even more people like myself willing to speak out as Ron Paul or Michael Shermer fans without being afraid of being heckled. But for some reason it seems to me that even among this misunderstood and misrepresented minority of atheists, we still have certain differences that some cannot reconcile.
Do I have it all wrong, or is there indeed a certain stigma that accompanies being a bit different in one's politics - even among the atheist crowd? And if so, why is it still so polarizing among us?
I think the problem is that being conservative implies that you buy the whole manifesto. My experience is that conservative atheists may accept some of the social conservative values but they usually only consider themselves conservative on the fiscal and small government platforms. Being a conservative implies, for instance, that you are against gay marriage. Long story short, we are associated with the Christian Right.
Very true statements. I always describe myself as "fiscally conservative, socially tolerant". I believe in less government and less taxes. Fiscal responsibility is my main voting goal. However, like you I do not believe in government trying to mandate their "morals" on others. I hate that I am associated with Christian Conservatives when I am not one..but, if I am speaking from Atheist point of view I am assumed to be a liberal..also NOT that. I really wish there was a viable 3rd party that represented my thoughts, but I guess there is never a 100% party that supports everything one person believes in..you just gotta decide which issues are more important to your life and try to get the best candidate for that microcasm of thought.
Micah, there IS a stigma and I felt recently that I had to no longer go to a certain atheist group because the women there disliked my not toeing the line of socialism.
Have you been to Facebook's Conservative Atheists or Libertarian Atheists? Some members go to both of those groups. I do. There are over 250 members on one. We'd love to see you there.
I hear you, we are a minority within a minority. I am attempting to change that though. Check out my website.
My understanding of conservative is: no abortion, support Isra-el; next is no homo-rights or no homo's, women are less-than, warmongers, humans own the land so can destroy it if they wanna...then GOD, GOD, and more GOD. I am not Conservative obviously.