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Why Many Atheists Are Scared of Ron Paul

Andrew Sullivan received an e-mail from a reader who was concerned about Ron Paul's skepticism of evolution. While this reader admits that he does admire Paul, as an atheist he finds it "absolutely mind-boggling that so many people in the United States, in this day and age, can still deny that evolution is real."

Here is the video in question:
Shocking, isn't it? I can see why atheists would be scurrying for the hills.

Please. Atheists have nothing to fear from Ron Paul. In fact, he is perhaps the best friend atheists have in politics. He is a Christian who actually believes in the Romans 13 command to submit to governing authority -- in this case, the Constitution of the United States. And that means he would not use government to impose his religious beliefs on the masses. In other words, he wouldn't push the teaching of creationism in public schools because he views a federally controlled, taxpayer-funded education system as unconstitutional in the first place.

But then that's the real problem atheists have with Paul, isn't it? Atheists have relied on a federally controlled, taxpayer-funded education system to force their agenda and beliefs down the throats of American children for decades. Perhaps they are afraid someone will finally neutralize the most effective weapon of proselytization in their arsenal.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm an atheist and I'm a huge Paul supporter.

I happen to know a LOT of atheists who support Dr. Paul.

12/30/07, 4:02 PM  
Blogger txteamtech said...

I'm an atheist and I LOVE Ron Paul! I've never seen a more honest candidate.

12/30/07, 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...


If anything, I think atheists are drawn to Ron Paul because he dosen't feel it's the government's job to forward a religious agenda (abortion, death penalty, etc) like bush has and huckabee will.

12/30/07, 4:10 PM  
Blogger Lee Shelton IV said...

I have seen comments from many atheist libertarians who also have a problem with Paul's pro-life stance. That being said, I think many Christians are scared of Ron Paul because they see him as one who will refuse to go along with their social agenda. My hope is that more Christians and atheists will get behind Paul's candidacy.

12/30/07, 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atheists are not a political group with an agenda to push. The target of your post doesn't find it hard to believe people don't believe evolution is real as an atheist. He finds it hard to believe as someone who thinks evolution is real. Please be more careful with your labels.

I find the title of your post very misleading and divisive. Atheists who push their opinions on others are doing it for different reasons than atheism, and you should consider why they might be doing it so you don't risk offending people by unfairly characterizing them. Atheists have nothing to fear from liberty. I certainly don't. Ron Paul 2008!

12/30/07, 5:12 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

"But then that's the real problem atheists have with Paul, isn't it? Atheists have relied on a federally controlled, taxpayer-funded education system to force their agenda and beliefs down the throats of American children for decades."

An athiest, by definition, silly, doesn't have a belief or an agenda to force down anyone's throats.

What they are asking is that "belief" or "faith" of any kind, be left out of the public arena.

Faith is the belief in something without evidence, which is a ludicrous way to go about one's understanding of life on earth. "Evolution" is a theoory which is propped up with facts, awaiting clarification and further evidence either for or against.

Children should not be constripted into public schools and forced to believe in things which have no evidence, and therefore very little educational value.

So, as another human who has not brainwashed themselves or been brainwashed into believing in supernatural and ludicrous fairytales, I agree with them that all religious notions should be kept to private venues. Churches yes. Public schools, no.

I support Ron Paul as an athiest, because I have seen the results of having a president with Ted Haggart's ear first hand.

The supernatural does not belong in politics, and if I can't get it out, I'd like to get the power taken away from the politicians.

12/30/07, 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count another atheist for Paul. I'm also pro-choice but willing to take my chances on keeping abortion legal at the state level.

One thing I am curious about though, is whether Ron would support taking out the words "under God" from the pledge of allegiance. I have personally pledged not to pledge until they are removed. Despite his personal beliefs removing those words would be consistent with the first amendment so I feel he should support it but I don't know that anyone has ever asked him about it.

12/30/07, 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

You read one email from an atheist about Ron Paul and you think you have your finger on the pulse of all or even a majority of atheists' views about Ron Paul? You don't.

12/30/07, 7:14 PM  
Blogger Lee Shelton IV said...

I would have a problem with the Pledge with or without the words "under God." It's a socialist mantra.

12/30/07, 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PUL-LEZE! Surely nobody in America is actually thinking the THEORY of Evolution is even one of the MAIN issue facing us as a country!

12/30/07, 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are doing what psychologists call projection, of your own religious zealotry. Atheism is not a movement or agenda and what has actually ruined the education system is federal control and the Dept. of Education, not stopping the practice of forcing non-Christian children to recite Christian prayers in kindergarten. Another atheist (and one who has been in a foxhole!) for Ron Paul!! Because I believe in the power of the Constitution, not supernatural poetry.

12/30/07, 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I am a Christian who rejects Darwinism who has been campaigning for Ron Paul.

1/1/08, 12:59 PM  
Blogger Brian said...


As a Christian Catholic I am drawn to him because his vision is like that of de Tocqueville or Orestes Brownson, in that I do not have to fear the influence of the evangelical right imposing their beliefs upon the country. I am free to live my life in a free society with my faith as my guide.

From the comments, I think I have some agreement with the atheist.

1/3/08, 7:27 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Count 4 more strong atheists who WILL be voting for Ron Paul in November!!

While it is unfortunate (in my opinion) that Ron Paul is religious and pro-life, those issues aren't nearly as important as his dedication to restoring personal freedom and liberty, and limiting the size of government interference in our lives!!

Ron Paul 2008!

1/17/08, 7:02 PM  

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