Conservative Media and “Secular Progressives”

It seems that the media hates atheist, especially conservative media such as Fox News and The Blaze. Apparently, all of us atheists are progressives. Progressive of course is almost a curse word in it self. Atheists are seen as aligned with the “far left.” Being both an atheist and a liberal would seem to be one of the worst things a person could be.

When pundits demonize a view, they often describe the opposing group as  “secular progressives.” Of course, they forget that many people who are pro-choice,pro-same sex marriage, and so on are in fact liberal Christians or true Libertarians. Both Christianity and being a Libertarian are usually seen as highly good attributes. It is as though the media forgets that not all Christians are conservative or what a Libertarian actually is.

Then of course, they claim that Christianity and America at large is under attack from these “secular progressives.” They seem to forget that Christians are in the overwhelming majority. However, what really bothers me is when they say they are being persecuted. No, they are not being persecuted. Christians in the pre-Constantine days of Rome were persecuted NOT Christians in the United States today.

Yes, many atheists are very concerned about the separation of church and state, but this is a legitimate issue. I guarantee that if Christians lived in Muslim dominated society, which had separation of church and state, they would be fighting to impose it. As an atheists, if this were they case, I would help the Christians’ cause.

As far I am concerned as well as others, I don’t have a problem with Christians. I have a problem with Christianity and political dogmas being forced upon the population. People, for the most part, should be allowed to do and think as they please. That’s called freedom. If I recall correctly, that’s a value the founding father’s would have fought and died for.


Liberals and Conservatives

Liberals and conservatives stand at opposites, and they seem to grow more and more polarized as the years have gone on. Well-informed liberals and conservatives can see the exact same information and come to different conclusions regarding solutions to issues. Why is that? It is tempting to just say, “different strokes for different folks,” but I suspect their is more to it than that. I think the reason for the divide is much more fundamental than that. Liberals and conservatives deep down have different ways of looking at the world. One group, the liberals, see the world as getting better, and the other group, the conservatives, see it as getting worse.

But, this is a false dichotomy. There are things in the world which have gotten better with time, and there are things in the world which have gotten worse. I’m sure we can all agree that the divide between communities and police have gotten worse, and climate change continues. Still, many things are better. Segregation is gone. Slavery is gone, and women can vote.

As for me, I neither stand with liberals or conservatives. I tend take a part each issue on it’s own. I can’t say that I’m a liberal, conservative, or moderate. I’m neither an alarmist, who believes the world is going to hell, nor am I overly optimistic that we have a bright future ahead.