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Republican Atheists

Website: http://www.republicanatheists.com
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Members: 6
Latest Activity: Jul 14

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Study finds the more non-religious can be more closed-minded than the religious

Started by Lauren Ell. Last reply by Chris Jul 14. 4 Replies

From personal experience I cannot argue with the results. Would be nice to access the actual study.…Continue

No longer simply defending my conservative views, now I'm broadcasting them

Started by Lauren Ell. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jul 9. 3 Replies

A message from Republican Atheists' President Lauren Ell.…Continue

Tags: Rand, Ayn, Republican

Republican Atheists connect with Republicans Overseas, Germany

Started by Lauren Ell Jun 24. 0 Replies

Did you know there is an organization called Republicans Overseas that represents Republicans abroad in over 40 countries? Republican Atheists has corresponded with …Continue

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 9, 2017 at 1:52pm

During that 1974 Republican primary I met many conservatives. They seemed like warm-hearted folk and a few invited me to visit their churches.

For 17 years I'd been a committed agnostic. I thanked them and said something like "I have a different faith." They seemed to understand and no one inquired further.

Fundamentalists had not yet taken over the Party.

Two years later I ended my computer career and moved to San Francisco. I met many liberal folk and they seemed indifferent.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 7, 2017 at 5:29pm

"Some Republicans are mean and some Democrats are dumb."

Is that true?

For "mean" above, write "impatient realists". For "dumb" above "naive idealists".

Some Republicans are impatient realists and some Democrats are naïve idealists. That accounts for the sometimes noisy meanness and the sometimes noisy dumbness.

In the early 1970s, in Phoenix, I was a Republican working for a computer manufacturer. In 1974, hoping to defeat a Republican legislator whose interests were in agriculture, I decided to run.

Before WW2, irrigated agriculture was Arizona’s principal economic activity. The war brought young men there for air force training and companies manufacturing military equipment. Many of the men liked what they saw and after the war returned to raise families. Many companies, attracted by the trained workforce, also stayed and by the 1960s manufacturing had replaced agriculture.

Economic change foreshadows political change and many legislators had agricultural interests, which now included home building on what had been agricultural land. I worked for a computer manufacturer in Florida until a downturn resulted in my going to a Texas company. A downturn there resulted in an offer from the Phoenix branch of the Florida company. I accepted the offer so my wife and I went to Phoenix. We found a house in a district whose voters had sent a scion of an agricultural family to the legislature.

In the primary I won six times as many votes as most first time candidates but half as many as the incumbent. Had I won, a progressive Republican would have replaced a  conservative Republican.

Comment by Lauren Ell on July 4, 2017 at 12:26pm

Happy 4th! Have a good one! 

Comment by Lauren Ell on June 23, 2017 at 3:18pm

Funny thing about Kevin Drum - he reported on a survey back in April that found there are 0 Republican atheists. Republican Atheists wrote him a message to potentially do a follow up report about us but he has yet to respond.

Comment by Lauren Ell on June 23, 2017 at 2:52pm

lol to each their own I guess. I didn't think too much of my first boss who unfriended me on FB when I was 18 because he learned my favorite author is Ayn Rand. That wasn't very nice :( I've dealt with left leaning folk harassing me for my admiration for Rand ever since.

Comment by Doone on June 23, 2017 at 11:02am

I saw this on Kevin Drum's Blog

Republicans Are Mean

Here’s a story for you. My mother grew up in a Republican family.1 When Herbert Hoover was on the radio, everyone listened. But later she became a Democrat. What happened?

Well, she went off to college. But not some bleeding heart lefty bastion. She went to USC, which was even more Republican in 1950 than it is now. She didn’t get indoctrinated by a bunch of fuzzy liberal professors.

So what caused the switch? I asked her once, and she said that during her college years she came to the conclusion that Republicans were just mean. So she became a Democrat.

This struck me because I’ve long used the exact same word in the privacy of my own thoughts. I can write a sophisticated critique of conservative ideology as well as the next guy, but the truth is that it mostly boils down to a gut feel that Republicans are mean. I’ve never said this out loud because it sounds so kindergarten-y, but there it is. I think Republicans are mean, just like my mother did.

But now our time has come. Donald Trump started it, with his contention that Paul Ryan’s health care bill was “mean.” Today, Barack Obama picked up the ball, writing on Facebook about the “fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.” And then Chuck Schumer weighed in with a big red poster calling the Senate health care bill “meaner.”

So that’s that. It’s now OK to ditch the ten-dollar words and just spit it out. Republicans are mean.2

1I’ve never figured out what the deal was here. My grandfather was very much a working-class guy, an electrician for Western Union. But he hated FDR. I don’t know why.

2The weird thing about this is that I live in Orange County and I know lots of conservatives. For the most part, they aren’t mean. But put ’em together in a single political party, and it’s all torches and pitchforks.

Comment by Lauren Ell on June 4, 2017 at 5:37pm

I reached out to the author of that Mother Jones article to introduce Republican Atheists and provide a different perspective but did not receive response.

Comment by Doone on June 2, 2017 at 7:49am

We should encourage conservative atheists.  However, based on stats I looked on Google there a few self-labeled Republican Atheists.http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/how-many-republicans-...

Comment by Stephen on June 1, 2017 at 7:44am

Of course we have conservative party's in the UK the main one the Tory's are at least not religious. I totally disagree with their policy's but not because of their religion. 

Comment by Chris on April 12, 2017 at 11:50pm
Published on Apr 18, 2015

Who knew that atheism is a conservative value, turns out David Silverman, President of the American Atheists does! Silverman, debates a non-believer (someone who does not believe that there is NO god), at CPAC 2015 (Conservative Political Action Conference), then answers questions about what the Founding Fathers intended, what can morality be without god, atheist genocide and the murder of the founder of American Atheists, Madalyn Murray O'Hair. For those interested in the O'Hair murder see the Forensic Science show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Iz0X...

Lauren,

What do you think the difference is between R's and D's?

 

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