How can this be you say? The GOP are a bunch of right wing religious nuts! How can you say you are an atheist a align yourself with “those people”?
It’s actually a pretty simple answer. Despite what you may hear or think you know, most right wing types are far more tolerant with the idea of “to each his own”. And when it comes to the ideas that define conservatism, religion is pretty far down on my list of concerns.
The ideas and platforms of the right wing appeal to me greater than those of the left wing. This is not to say that I disagree with everything the left wing does, as I feel they have it right on issues like gay rights, equality, and the separation of church and state. There are assholes on the right as much as their are assholes on the left. I can tell you that for the majority of my conservative friends, religion is rarely the sole basis for who we vote for. Or the policies we support.
But the conservative in me feels that I have no right to tell other people what is right and wrong. If you want to believe in a God, by all means, go ahead. Just don’t expect me to fall in line. In much the same way, if a guy want to marry a guy, go right ahead. It will not change my love of women in any way. It will not lessen the way I feel about my wife.
What am I concerned with? A government that is getting too damn big. A government that spends my money carelessly. I do not like social programs that create a culture of dependancy.
I do not like the blame America first crowd. Sadly our current president seems to be a card carrying member. This is, and has been, the creates country on the planet. You are allowed to not like it. That in and of itself is a great thing. One of my favorite quotes by a President, came from Bill Clinton.
“ There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right with America”
That is a great quote. And it’s something I believe in.
Religion is a corruptive power. Rulers love it. They use it in every way they can to control the populace. But not in this country. In this country, they can speak it, but cannot enforce it.
I get mad when the right uses religion as the only basis for morals. I have morals. I know what is right, and what is wrong. For example, flying planes into a building and killing thousands is bad. I know this without believing in any god. Not letting people live how they want within the confines of established law is bad. Again, I know this without the benefit of some invisible person telling me.
But I also respect the place of religion in our society. We are still at a time in our very young existence that it is needed. Despite all the death caused in some god’s name, religion is also a large force of good in the world. People give to other’s because of religion. They offer aid to the poor. Much of the good people do is motivated by their religion. I see it everyday.
I just want to live how I want to live, and respect the rights of others to do the same. I want a smaller government presence in my life. I don’t want to work hard and see my paycheck gutted in the name of social programs and failed policy. Let me spend my money how I see fit.
I don’t believe in any god, and yet I am still a good person. I have raised three boys, who are good people. I have done it without threatening them to an eternity of suffering. I have been able to teach them the difference between right and wrong. And I am proud of that.
Please don’t assume that every republican or conservative is a closed minded fool with no heart. We all have big hearts, and we all use our heads more often than not.