Atheists and conservatism
It has been something of a mantra at VFR that one can be an atheist and be a conservative, but that one cannot despise religion and think religious believers are mentally defective and be a conservative. That thought came directly from the following passage by William Buckley:
Can you be a conservative and believe in God? Obviously. Can you be a conservative and not believe in God? This is an empirical essay, and so the answer is, as obviously, yes. Can you be a conservative and despise God and feel contempt for those who believe in Him? I would say no…. If one dismisses religion as intellectually contemptible, it becomes difficult to identity oneself wholly with a movement in which religion plays a vital role….
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 29, 2009 10:43 AM | Send