It’s hard to understand how atheists can align with the modern Republican Party.
It’s one thing to say you believe in, say, Republicans’ economic agenda, but today’s GOP is anti-science, anti-LGBTQ rights, anti-choice, anti-church/state separation, and pro-whatever-conservative-Christians-want. Even if you think highly of Donald Trump (for some irrational reason), an atheist who backs him is saying that whatever Trump is doing politically is more important than all those other issues. You’ll gladly let church/state separation slide as long as refugees suffer, I guess.
There are conservative atheists. I’m not denying that. But just as with the Log Cabin Republicans, any atheist activist who supports the GOP is bound to have an uphill climb in explaining how that works.
The group Republican Atheists is a perfect example of this. They use the atheist label to get attention but all they do is parrot the talking points of MAGA cultists. If their name didn’t include the A-word, you’d never know they were atheists.
Here’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about.
Yesterday, the group posted a picture of board member Shawn Poulson (second from left) with Maryland Rep. Andy Harris (second from right). It’s purely positive. Look at us! We’re making friends in high places!
That picture and caption make no sense when you consider who Andy Harris is.
During a town hall meeting earlier this year, the congressman blamed a decrease in “religiosity” for gun violence.
He also blamed atheism for higher rates of suicide:
“You literally double the risk of committing suicide if you don’t have religious belief,” he said, adding that the United States was “founded on religious principles.”
That ignores the whole truth, as I explained here. The ignorant Harris trashed atheists in an attempt to justify his awful point.
It was irresponsible, harmful, and exactly what we’ve come to expect from elected Republicans.
And what did Republican Atheists say about that? Nothing. A board member took a picture with the guy like he did nothing wrong without any commentary about how Harris unfairly maligned atheists.
Again, I have no idea why the group keeps the word “atheist” in the title. It’s not like they care about the word. I’m just surprised they’re not posting sermons given how much they sound like conservative Christians.