There are a great variety of contradictory Christian ethical theories. Likewise, Atheists are all over the map in terms of ethics. I would think they are all over the map in terms of politics too, yet I find most atheist blogs are very pro-Democrat and speak as if they expect all other intelligent atheists to be Democrats too. I think blurring together politics and atheism divides the atheist community unnecessarily. Many atheist blog writers assume all their readers will agree with their politics. But there are not just two simple political positions of left vs right or Democrats vs Republicans.
For instance, look at the following simple political dichotomies which inform most people’s political thoughts:
- Fiscal Policy: Conservative vs. Liberal
- Domestic Social Policy: Conservative vs. Liberal
- Foreign Policy: Interventionist vs. Isolationist
- Security Policy: Assertive vs. Passive
So with 4 dichotomous positions any political thinker can have 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16 types of political positions. Yes, of course we could add further categories and the dichotomies are probably spectrums but you see my point.
I am sure most atheists agree with many socially liberal policies, but I would not imagine they agree on all such policies. Libertarians, for instance, are liberal on social issues but conservative on economic issues (in general). Should libertarians be shunned? Is there a “politically correct Atheism” forming?
What do my readers think?