Friendly Atheist Blog Questions Why Atheists Would Vote For Republicans Who Hate Them

A two party system will often leave voters with no choice but to support a party which they fundamentally disagree with in some areas. Gay Republicans have been a common topic of discussion. Hopefully this election year will lead to more questions as to how a middle class person could vote Republican. Today Friendly Atheist looked at atheists who vote Republican, supporting a party which hates them. While the post is generally right in questioning how any atheist could vote Republican, the post began with a false premise:

Mind you, I’m not saying there’s anything strange about being an atheist conservative, or at least an atheist fiscal conservative. Belief in limited government, low taxes, strong defense, a hard line on immigration, and any number of other conservative beliefs are 100% compatible with atheism. It’s normal that such atheists wouldn’t dream of voting Democratic.

Lower taxes–only for the ultra-wealthy. Most people will pay  lower taxes under the Democrats than Republicans.

Limited government–a party which supports increased government intrusion in the lives of individuals is hardly the supporter of limited government. Besides, the biggest growth in government in recent years has occurred under the Republicans.

Strong defense–compare Obama’s successes against al Qaeda versus Bush’s failure. Going to war against the wrong country does not provide a strong defense.

Hard line on immigration–ok that one goes to the Republicans. Nobody surpasses them in promoting fear and hatred of others.

There are many strong reasons why atheists would not vote for Republicans. These same arguments also would apply to secular religious individuals who respect separation of church and state. While not all Republicans hold all these views, they are common in the party. These include opposition to abortion rights, support for teaching evolution in the schools, opposition to contraception, opposition to gay rights, support for school prayer, support tax breaks for religious institutions, and the belief held by many Republicans that atheists should not hold public office.

There are essentially two things which Republicans really do support in office (as opposed to their rhetoric): 1) Reducing taxes on the ultra-wealthy (while being perfectly willing to increase taxes on the middle class and increase the deficit), and 2) Allowing the religious right to impose their views on the country as a means of buying their votes. This hardly leaves any good reason for an atheist to vote Republican, but a tremendous number of people (most not being atheists)  do vote Republican based upon their rhetoric as opposed to what they actually do in office.

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    underland says:

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    Joseph Auclair says:

    Wealthy atheists are like wealthy gays.

    Getting rich and staying that way matter more than gay marriage or “In God We Trust” on the currency.

    This is, after all, the party whose members believe maximizing their personal wealth is far more important than saving the lives of strangers.

    “Let him die!” a voice called out, and the audience cheered.

    And far more important than ensuring a safe and healthy planet for future generations.

    Global warming? What global warming?

    It’s pretty much priority one, all told.

    But you knew that, right?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    It is a short sighted view of maximizing personal wealth. If you make several thousand dollars a year you will have lower taxes under Republicans which would help to increase wealth short term However, considering how the economy and stock market does better under Democrats than Republicans, there is the potential to make more money by voting Democratic to offset higher taxes. Plus for the vase majority of people, taxes will be lower or the same under Democrats compared to Republicans

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    Joseph Auclair says:

    I see.

    You want to say they are all wrong, then, the silly plutes.

    Well, good luck with that argument.

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    S says:

    Joseph Auclair, I recognize your writing style and I’d really appreciate it if you kept in touch with us instead of just disappearing. You have my email address.
    -S

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Not all wrong. Those who are wealthy enough and not looking to future income are better off under Republicans due to lower rates (and if ignoring other issues). However there is a large number of people who are mistaken when thinking they are better off under Republicans. Personally I prefer paying a few hundred dollars more a year under Democratic tax plans and have the ability to make more money.

    It doesn’t help anyone in the long run if the middle class is destroyed.

    The point is not whether I’m going to have good luck with the argument. I’m more concerned with pointing out the facts as opposed to which arguments are politically easier to sell.

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