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Old 04-18-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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It seems to me that a lot of people equate atheism with liberalism. This strikes me as odd because I'm an atheist, but I'm also fairly conservative.

Any other conservative atheists out there?
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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An atheist can come in all political persuasions. It has nothing to do with any belief or lack thereof.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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It seems to me that a lot of people equate atheism with liberalism. This strikes me as odd because I'm an atheist, but I'm also fairly conservative.

Any other conservative atheists out there?
Socially moderate, fiscally conservative.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:32 PM
 
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It seems to me that a lot of people equate atheism with liberalism. This strikes me as odd because I'm an atheist, but I'm also fairly conservative.

Any other conservative atheists out there?
Ayn Rand. "Atlas Shrugged" outlines how governments are inherently totalitarian. The movie (based on her book) was just released in 300 theaters last weekend.
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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I actually started a thread concerning this, with a test included. Quite a few members posted their results. Granted, it's just a test from a website so take it for what it's worth, but while it seemed that the majority tended to lean a bit to the left, we still had a healthy mix of varying political views, which I think is a good thing:

Atheists' political views
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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Most that I know personally are either liberal or libertarian.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Socially moderate, fiscally conservative.
Ya took the words right out of my mouth!!
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:14 PM
 
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Socially liberal, fiscally conservative.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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I don't see what's odd about equating atheism with liberalism. The fact of the matter is that in the US, the "liberals" have been more accepting of those with non-Christian beliefs than the "conservatives". As a result, atheists are more likely to find themselves at home among the leftists.

However, those who deconvert as older adults are probably more likely to continue holding some of their political beliefs, which would result in a higher percentage of right-wing atheists among that group.

It's really interesting seeing political discussions unfold among the nonreligious. I've seen some of the same mud-flinging and logical fallacies as I would see in any random P&OC thread, but the discussions tend to be much deeper. With religion out of the way, I strongly believe that some core fiscal issues would finally be solved; as it is now in the US, politicians are content with dividing people over petty religious-based social issues.

As for my political beliefs, I'm a fiscal centrist. However, if I were forced to pick an extreme, I would choose a strong fiscal right-wing government over a strong fiscal left-wing one.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:33 PM
 
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Ayn Rand. "Atlas Shrugged" outlines how governments are inherently totalitarian. The movie (based on her book) was just released in 300 theaters last weekend.
Which just goes to show that some books should not be made into movies. It's getting awful reviews.

Atlas Shrugged :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews

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So OK. Letís say you know the novel, you agree with Ayn Rand, youíre an objectivist or a libertarian, and youíve been waiting eagerly for this movie. Man, are you going to get a letdown. Itís not enough that a movie agree with you, in however an incoherent and murky fashion. It would help if it were like, you know, entertaining?

The movie is constructed of a few kinds of scenes: (1) People sipping their drinks in clubby surroundings and exchanging dialogue that sounds like corporate lingo; (2) railroads, and lots of íem; (3) limousines driving through cities in ruin and arriving at ornate buildings; (4) city skylines; (5) the beauties of Colorado. There is also a love scene, which is shown not merely from the waist up but from the ears up. The man keeps his shirt on. This may be disappointing for libertarians, who I believe enjoy rumpy-pumpy as much as anyone.
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